While summer is exciting, sometimes the long summer days stretch before you with few options to entertain your children. Rest easy. Cirro Energy and Willow Bend Mall have you covered! Willow Bend is hosting Summer Fun Thursdays from June 11 -July 30 to give you a fun, free activity for the whole family. Cirro Energy is excited to be a key sponsor of this great event, and our support is helping thousands of parents and kids enjoy live performances and entertainment every Thursday this summer.
The fun begins on June 11 and runs through July 30, with free performances beginning at 1 p.m. each week in the Grand Court, between Neiman Marcus and the Food Court, and pre-show entertainment starting at noon
Here are some of the exciting events planned for this summer:
- June 11, 2015: The Amazing Bubble Man: Witty and lovable, the Amazing Bubble Man has an equally amazing rapport with his young audience.
- June 18, 2015: James Wand’s Secret Agent Magic Show. Your kids will laugh and cheer their way through this high-energy show with the exciting adventures of a secret agent magician, with an evil enemy named Dr. No-No.
- June 25, 2015: Vocal Trash: A Stomping Sensation. Street Show, by Vocal Trash, features stomp-style drumming and a Capella harmony, in a performance that combines music, dance, comedy and audience participation just for kids.
- July 2, 2015: The Wacky World of Professor Brainius. Professor Brainius fills an hour with laughs and learning, featuring experiments, sing-a-longs and activities that require audience participation and hands-on fun.
- July 9, 2015: David Chicken Live Show Spectacular. David Chicken is a talented singer-songwriter who leads the audience through a high-energy, interactive performance filled with creative movement, motivational messages and general hilarity. He even invites members of the audience on stage to sing, play musical instruments and be a star!
- July 16, 2015: The Not-Its! The Not-Its! are known for their up-tempo albums and live concerts that give children their first “rock show” experience. This Seattle “kindie rock” quintet has just released their fifth album, Raise Your Hand, guaranteed to get kids and their parents on the floor, raising their hands for more!
- July 23, 2015: Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey®. Ambassadors of laughter, Slappy and Monday, aim to boost circus-goers excitement, prior to LEGENDS coming to American Airlines Center July 29 – August 9 and Ft. Worth Convention Center August 12 – 16. Purchase your circus tickets here!
- July 30, 2015: Live on Stage with Lizza Connor. Award-winning artist Lizza Connor will perform whimsical, funny songs from her new album, Commander Salamander, designed to entertain and inspire.
Providing summer fun is just one way Cirro Energy helps families thrive in the communities we serve. That’s why we offer low, fixed price plans to fit your family’s electricity needs and work within your budget. For more information on our electricity plans, visit us at www.cirroenergy.com. For the latest Cirro Energy news, tips and events, visit us on Facebook and Twitter.
Most of us are always on the lookout for energy saving tips to keep our homes operating at optimal energy efficiency. However, we often neglect to find energy tips that benefit our own bodies. Are you using your personal energy wisely? Does it seem difficult, sometimes, to find the energy you need to get through your busy day and do the important things you need to do? Here are some tips to help improve your energy levels on a daily basis, so you can expend your energy on the things that really matter.
Think about this: we all have the same amount of time in a day, but we don’t all seem to have the same amount of energy. Why is that? Granted, some people are busier than others, and have more to fit into their days, but even among those with very similar workloads, there’s a broad discrepancy. How is it that some people have learned to fill their finite time with seemingly infinite reserves of energy, while others lag and struggle to get things accomplished? Here are just a few of the energy boosting tips they follow that can improve your energy and your general health.
- Get moving early. Remember Newton’s Law? Objects in motion, stay in motion. The best way to start your day is with a short burst of exercise to get your body moving and your blood flowing.
- Fuel your body with the right kinds of food. Think of food in terms of how much energy it provides, and you’ll be surprised at how differently you feel. Start the morning off with protein and snack frequently during the day, but limit your intake of coffee and sugary treats. Instead, boost your energy with a handful of nuts, a piece of fruit, some yogurt or another nutrient-packed snack.
- Stay hydrated. Drinking enough water can help alleviate dehydration symptoms like headache and fatigue, and some experts advocate drinking water instead of coffee first thing in the morning. When you’re exercising, try electrolyte infused water to keep you going and fight fatigue.
- Take time to refresh, throughout the day. It’s no wonder people feel fatigued sitting in one place staring at a screen all day. Take breaks to get up and move around, and while you’re up, make a point to notice your surroundings. When you can’t leave your desk, make a point to exercise your eyes frequently, focusing on something across the room for 20 seconds, every 20 minutes. Even small amounts of movement can get your blood flowing and boost energy levels.
- Breathe. Develop the habit of breathing deeply while purposefully quieting your mind and improving your mental focus. To calm your brain, and create a sort of mental reboot, take a moment to yourself, close your eyes, clear your mind and take several deep breaths.
- Get some exercise. Keep it calm, practice yoga or stretching, and you’ll find that a 5-10 minute workout session once a day will help you wind down and may improve your quality of sleep.
- Limit consumption of alcohol as well as caffeine. Just as you’ve lowered the amount of coffee you drink, so you should limit your intake of alcohol. You’re probably aware that drinking too much coffee can be disruptive to your sleep, but did you know that drinking alcohol before bed, can have a similar effect? Both can cause a restless night, leaving you feeling drained during the day.
- Get plenty of rest. The restorative powers of sleep are well-known. Aim for at least 7 hours each night and keep the same sleep schedule on the weekend that you’ve established during the week. If you find your energy flagging in the afternoon, consider a power nap of 10-20 minutes to give you a boost. Some of the greatest minds in history have found catnaps to be extremely rejuvenating.
- Remember that energy is not just physical. Keeping your mind active and promoting social interaction can help you thrive and avoid problems like Alzheimer’s. Prioritize your connections with other people and take time to exercise your mind as well as your body, by reading and engaging in challenging games and puzzles, including crosswords and Sudoku.
Helping you thrive is important to Cirro Energy. That’s why we offer energy saving tips to help you save money, as well as electric plans to fit your family’s needs and work within your budget. For more information on Cirro Energy electric plans, visit our website. To connect with the online community, visit us on Facebook and Twitter.
If you’re like most homeowners, you’re always on the lookout for ways to save money. Sometimes this can be difficult, especially when you’re trying to feed your family healthy meals with produce free from pesticides and harmful chemicals. Growing your own herb garden is the best of both worlds, allowing you to provide your family with delicious and varied meals full of healthful herbs that you can be sure are free from toxins. Another appealing factor for homeowners is that herb gardens can be a charming addition to your kitchen or patio in a beautiful container garden that can be as small or large as suits your style.
Herb gardens are easy to start. Choose a few favorites to begin, like basil, rosemary, oregano, cilantro or dill. Put them in the sunniest spot you can find, and don’t fuss over them too much; one of the best things about this kind of garden is that it doesn’t require much attention or energy. Some herbs, like mint, will really take off, and may even threaten to take over, if more than one herb is sharing a pot with it! Having herbs growing in your kitchen or garden will save you a great deal of money and are convenient compared to buying fresh herbs from the store or farmer’s market every time you need them for a recipe. Even better, you’ll know exactly where they came from and what they’ve been exposed to.
You can choose your own containers and fit the garden easily into your décor. Maybe you have a yard with space for a garden or a patio that can accommodate a sizable container garden; either of these can be stocked with a variety of herbs and maybe even some vegetables, if space permits. If your area is more limited, you might choose a smaller, decorative solution like teacups on hooks or hanging planters. For an inexpensive yet attractive herb garden, you might even like to try this ingenious idea, using tin cans to create a surprisingly sophisticated look.
Whether providing tips on how to save money and live healthy lives or working to provide electric plans that fit their budgets, helping homeowners and their families thrive is important to Cirro Energy. That’s why we offer electric plans to fit your family’s needs and work within your budget. For more information on Cirro Energy electric plans, visit cirroenergy.com. To connect with like-minded homeowners, connect with the online community, by visiting us on Facebook and Twitter
At Cirro Energy, we care a great deal about electrical safety. That’s why we were pretty excited to learn that this month is Electrical Safety Month! Electricity is one of the greatest benefits of the modern age, but it can be one of the most dangerous if it’s not handled with care and respect. So, in honor of Electrical Safety Month, here are a few tips from Cirro Energy to help keep your family safe.
- Keep extension cords out from underfoot! Never run extension cords across doorways or under carpets and make sure all electric cords are tucked away, neat and tidy. Pets might chew on them and children could tug on them and cause people to trip or heavy appliances to fall.
- Don’t overload outlets. Not only could this damage the electrical system in your house, but it could even cause a fire. Never plug more than two appliances into an outlet at once or “piggyback” extra appliances on extension cords or wall outlets.
- Some appliances, like clocks, televisions and computer monitors, need room to breathe. All electric appliances generate heat when plugged in, so you should make sure they have several inches of clearance on all sides for good air circulation and cooling. Never drape clothes, toys or other items over warm appliances or lamps.
- Water and electricity are a dangerous combination. Make sure to keep all electrical appliances away from not only from water in sinks, bathtubs or pools, but also from areas prone to dripping, like underneath overhead vents.
- Never yank or tug an electrical cord. Pulling on the cord to unplug it from the wall can damage the appliance, the plug or the outlet.
- Keep an eye on your cords. Never use extension cords that are kinked, frayed or cracked and never staple or nail them down. Be sure that everyone in the family knows that extension cords are not ropes and should not be used to jump rope or secure anything. Where possible, keep cords out of the reach of any household pets.
- Handle lightbulbs with care. Did you know that if a bulb isn’t screwed in securely, it could create sparks? In addition, a broken CFL bulb is a cause for caution. If your CFL bulb breaks, open a window and keep everyone, including pets, out of the room for at least 15 minutes.
Electrical safety is important to Cirro Energy, because we care about helping families thrive. That’s why we offer electric plans to fit your family’s needs and work within your budget. For more information on Cirro Energy electric plans, visit the website. To connect with the online community, visit us on Facebook and Twitter.
As Texas begins to thaw, homeowners and renters alike begin to think of bluebonnets, swimming pools and, of course, spring-cleaning. A time-honored tradition, this is typically the time when the whole house gets turned inside out in an effort to roust the dirt from all its many hiding places. With the hot summer months just around the bend, spring cleaning is also the best time to make your home more energy efficient. With these quick and easy energy saving tips from Cirro Energy, you can get the most out of spring cleaning.
Making your home more energy efficient may be easier than you think! Little things like using energy efficient light bulbs, dusting air vents and changing air filters can add up to make a big difference. Use this checklist to make the most of your spring cleaning, and start saving energy in your home:
What else should you do for your home this spring? It’s a great time to perform a safety inspection. Test and replace batteries in all smoke detectors, check fire extinguishers and check/clean power outlets. Keeping your home safe, clean and in good working order is all a part of helping your family thrive.
Helping homeowners and their families is important to Cirro Energy. That’s why we offer electric plans to fit your family’s needs and work within your budget. For more information on Cirro Energy electric plans, visit the website. To connect with the online community, visit us on Facebook and Twitter.
At Cirro Energy, we understand that sometimes being thrifty can put a damper on your social life. This is especially true on holidays such as Valentine’s Day, when everyone’s either going out and spending money on a big date or staying in and spending energy cooking an elaborate meal. How can you conquer this conundrum? Cirro Energy has some great ideas for energy-saving Valentine’s Day dates.
- Enjoy the great outdoors. A stroll in the park, a day at the arboretum, or even a trip to the lake costs little to nothing, and yet benefits the body and soul. Plan a day date to fit your couple personality: if you’re active, try a new adventure; if you’re more easygoing, try a scenic walk.
- Have candlelit snacks. Taken from an ancient Persian poem, “A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou.” Why not dine on bread, cheese and wine by candlelight and reminisce about your relationship?
- Order in. Save your energy, and the energy in your home, by deciding not to cook this year. Instead, order in, perhaps exploring a cuisine that’s new to you or maybe just enjoying an old favorite.
- If you’re determined to cook that romantic dinner, use good energy sense. Consider something that can be made in the slow cooker or a dinner that requires minimal cooking time. If you’re using the oven, use ceramic or glass baking dishes, and you’ll be able to set your oven for 25 degrees less than the recipe suggests.
- Make Valentine’s Day a family affair. Save gas, energy and money by skipping the usual babysitter and date night routine. Instead, throw a family party with homemade decorations, favorite snacks and handmade cards to exchange. You’ll be saving energy while building memories and reinforcing familial bonds.
Building strong relationships is important to a strong family life, and helping families thrive is important to Cirro Energy. That’s why we offer electric plans to fit your family’s needs and work within your budget. For more information on Cirro Energy electric plans, visit www.cirroenergy.com. To connect with the online community, visit us on Facebook and Twitter.
At Cirro Energy, we understand the needs of families in our community. When the weather outside is frightful, and all your kids want to do is sit and play the video games they received as holiday gifts, your family probably needs some new ideas for staying active while stuck indoors. Don’t worry! Here are a few suggestions from Cirro Energy for fun indoor activities to keep the kids active (and perhaps save the sanity of their loving parents).
- Have an impromptu dance party! Nothing gets the heart pumping like some lively music, and this is a great activity for the whole family. Not only is it a good way to help kids burn energy, but you can also show off your silliest dance moves for some family fun!
- Create an indoor obstacle course. Use an inexpensive indoor tunnel and some throw pillows or couch cushions, and maybe a hula-hoop or two, to turn a large room into a fun obstacle course raceway.
- Make the most of the video games. When choosing video games for your children, choose games that encourage them to be active. You know they’ll want to spend all their time playing, so why not use that time wisely?
- Organize an indoor holiday parade! Designate a parade route through the house, give the little ones some toy instruments or pots and pans, dress them in holiday finery, throw on some marching music, and let the noisy fun begin!
- Pull out the old favorites. You don’t have to be high-tech or modern to have a great time being active inside. Think back to the games you played as a child for inspiration: tape off a hopscotch game in the kitchen, have crab-walking races across the living room or play Simon Says in the family room.
Finding ways for kids to burn off their energy is great for the whole family, but burning through energy at your house is not so good for your electric bill. If you need help managing your energy costs, you’ve got an ally, because helping families thrive is important to Cirro Energy. That’s why we offer electricity plans to fit your family’s needs and work within your budget. For more information on Cirro Energy electricity plans, visit the Cirro Energy website. To connect with the online community, visit us on Facebook and Twitter.
One thing most homeowners have in common is the watchful eye they keep on electric costs. During the winter, those costs can rise due not only to the expense of heating your home, but also because of the big family meals that seem to stack up at this time of year. A homeowner’s choice of appliances can have an impact on utility costs, so we’ve lined up a helpful guide to help you make energy-smart decisions while you’re keeping your crowd fed.
- Slow cookers are an all-season favorite. During summer, when you want to serve hot meals without heating your kitchen, they can be extremely helpful. In the winter, though, their efficiency is questionable. The advantage of a slow cooker is that it saves time spent in the kitchen during this season in which most of us are constantly running. On the other hand, slow cookers use about the same amount of energy as electric ovens; while slow cookers run continually, ovens cycle on and off during the cooking process. Additionally, slow cookers can only be used to prepare one thing at a time. If coming home to a hot one-dish meal is your priority, go with a slow cooker; otherwise, your oven offers you the ability to cook multiple items.
- A pressure cooker can save both time and energy. For those homeowners unable to plan meals far enough in advance to make a slow cooker worthwhile, a pressure cooker can be a good option. Used on the stovetop, a pressure cooker uses steam to cook food quickly, saving time and energy while preserving the nutritional value of the food. The down side of pressure cooking is that you can’t easily check on the food while it’s cooking, and it’s easy to overcook.
- Microwaves take far less time to cook food than traditional ovens. Because they cook so rapidly, microwave ovens can really cut energy costs; using a microwave instead of your oven four times each week can save you about $20 on your electric bill in a year.
- Want to really invest in stepping up your energy conservation? A solar oven is by far your most energy-efficient option. Available as hybrids with electric backup, these ovens use up to 75% less energy than conventional electric ranges.
Cirro Energy has deep roots in Texas and loves being close to the homeowners and communities we serve, providing energy to families across this great state. To connect with other Cirro customers, follow Cirro Energy on Facebook and Twitter, or visit the Cirro Energy website to learn more about how we can help your family find the best utility plan to fit your lifestyle.
Electricity is such an integral part of our lives that we often take it for granted, but electrical safety is something that should never be far from our minds. As we enter the new year, it’s a good time to take stock, review safety practices and make sure we’ve got our homes set up in the safest possible way. Here are some helpful electrical safety reminders from Cirro Energy of things you’ve probably heard before, but may not always consider:
- Take good care of your electrical cords. Never run extension cords across doorways or under carpets, and check cords for damage periodically so that you can replace or repair loose or damaged cords. Don’t use cords for anything other than their intended purpose, and never put a nail or staple through an electrical cord. When unplugging something, always pull on the plug itself instead of the cord.
- Don’t overload your outlets. Only one high-wattage device should be plugged into an outlet at any given time, and extension cords should be seen as a temporary measure, not a permanent solution. If you find yourself relying on extension cords, it’s time to consider hiring an electrician to install additional outlets.
- Give your appliances room to breathe. Electrical appliances should be given room for air to circulate and keep them cool. They should also be kept well away from water to prevent accidents, and any vents or fans should be kept clear of dust. When you’re not using them, consider unplugging appliances and tucking the cords safely away.
- When in doubt, replace it! This goes for any appliance or tool that gives off any level of electric shock and light switches that flicker or are warm to the touch.
- Make sure the whole family is on the same page. Teaching your children about electrical safety is a great way to protect them from harm. Review the basic principles of electricity and rules for staying safe, on a regular basis, so the information is fresh in their minds.
Cirro Energy has deep roots in Texas, and takes pride in being close to the families and communities we serve, providing energy and promoting electrical safety for families across this great state. To connect with other Cirro customers, follow Cirro Energy on Facebook and Twitter, or visit the Cirro Energy website to learn more about how we can help your family find the best utility plan to fit your lifestyle.
For homeowners, the top of the resolution list is often to make home improvements, and we at Cirro Energy would like to share a simple fact: sometimes the biggest results come from paying attention to the smallest details. If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to spruce up your home, you’ll want to see this list of little tasks that homeowners tend to overlook.
- Clean the washer. How often do you wipe down your washing machine? Take the time to give it a good cleaning, and you’ll find it looks and smells better. Wipe the exterior, clean inside the lid, check the rubber door seal on a front loader for mildew and remove the fabric softener dispenser to the sink to give it a good scrubbing. Then, run the empty washer on the hottest setting, with 2 cups of vinegar in the wash water.
- While you’re in the laundry room, clean the dryer’s lint vent. This is actually a big thing disguised as a small thing! Most homeowners clean the lint filter when they use the dryer, but how many of us take the time to use a long brush on the whole vent or make sure the air is flowing well to the exterior? These are important steps to take to reduce the risk of a dryer fire.
- Wipe down your fan blades. Dust them with a pillow case, to contain the dust and keep it off the furniture and floor.
- Clean your window treatments. Drapery and blinds can catch dust, dirt and germs, so make sure to take curtains down from time to time for a good washing. Make cleaning blinds easier by simply opening and closing them several times, so that dust falls to the floor where it can be easily wiped up or vacuumed.
- Don’t neglect your small appliances. Cleaning your microwave can make it more energy efficient. Toaster ovens can also benefit from a good cleaning, and now is a good time to wipe down the outside of your slow cooker, coffee maker and other kitchen gadgets.
- Your stovetop wants your attention, too. Have you noticed the gunk under your burner rings or on your glass top? A solution of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide will get your stovetop sparkling clean.
- How are your showers looking? If they’re a little moldy, the easiest way to remedy this is to spray the whole surface with bleach cleaner or mold remover, leave it to sit for 15-20 minutes, then wipe it down.
- Dust the things you don’t usually notice. This includes corners, hard-to-reach places, and the back of your television, stereo or computer monitor.
- While you’re looking for things to address, don’t forget light bulbs and batteries. It’s easy to overlook burned out bulbs in multi-bulb fixtures, so now is a good time to replace whatever needs changing. If you didn’t change out the batteries in your smoke detectors when the time changed, go ahead and do that now.
While you’re looking around your home for little things to fix, there’s a big thing you might want to double-check: your energy rates. Cirro Energy has deep roots in Texas and loves being close to the homeowners and communities we serve, providing energy to families across this great state. To connect with other Cirro customers, follow Cirro Energy on Facebook and Twitter, or visit the Cirro Energy website to learn more about how we can help your family find the best utility plan to fit your lifestyle.