Halloween Safety Tips | Cirro Energy

shutterstock 17683681 300x200 Halloween Safety Tips | Cirro Energy At Cirro Energy, we know how much fun Halloween can be for kids and their parents. However, there’s intrinsic danger in this holiday too, with kids roaming the streets after dark, accepting candy from strangers! Follow these simple tips from Cirro Energy, and your Halloween can be spooky and safe!

  • A happy Halloween begins with a safe costume. Be sure masks don’t impair vision, and that nothing on the costume poses a tripping hazard. Give kids glowing necklaces and bracelets, or put reflective tape on their costumes, and encourage them to carry flashlights. Making them visible is the key to keeping them safe.
  • Travel in herds. There’s safety in numbers, so the ideal trick or treat situation involves a bunch of kids and parents roaming around together. Barring that, at least institute the buddy system, so that no one is ever left alone. Parents should accompany younger kids, even if they just stay at the curb while the children ring the doorbells.
  • Teach safety rules about which houses to visit. Let your children know that they should not go to strangers’ houses, unless you’re right there and give your permission. It should also be a rule to avoid houses that don’t have their porch lights on, and never go inside a house, unless you know the family who lives there extremely well.
  • Planning makes the route safer. Decide ahead of time which route your trick-or-treaters will travel, so you’ll know where to look if you get separated. It’s also a good idea to have a signal to get everyone back together- a loud whistle works well for this.
  • Poisoned candy is an urban legend. In all probability, there’s nothing dangerous in your kids’ candy. However, it’s still a good idea to check it out before they eat it, especially if they have allergies or other dietary concerns.
  • Do your part to keep other people safe, too. Make sure your lawn decorations won’t trip anyone, and keep your house well lit. If you’re driving, take extra care on Halloween so that you don’t miss seeing a little one impulsively darting into harm’s way.
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Keeping Your Home Warm This Fall | Cirro Energy

shutterstock 136085276 300x300 Keeping Your Home Warm This Fall | Cirro Energy At Cirro Energy, we love fall! The crisp air, the gorgeous colors, the cozy feeling of snuggling up with a slice of pie or a cup of cocoa on a chilly evening … the only thing we don’t love about fall is the increased heating costs. Fortunately, Cirro Energy has some tips you may not have considered to keep your home toasty this fall- without breaking the bank.

  • Use your textiles to your advantage! Put rugs on bare floors to keep your toes toasty, and switch out your curtains for a heavier weight and to prevent drafts. Another great way to avoid drafts is with draft dodgers – tubes made of fabric and stuffing that fit along the bottom of your door and keep air from coming through. Putting on your clothes as soon as they’re out of the dryer will warm you up, too!
  • Let your holiday baking keep you warm. Fall is the perfect time for baking bread, cookies and pies full of seasonal fruit and hearty goodness. Do your baking during the colder times of day and leave the door open after you turn the oven off.  This way  the warm air can escape into the room while your oven is cooling down.
  • Help everyone in the house to be responsible for their personal comfort. Sweaters and socks are cozy and warm, and by wearing them indoors you’ll be able to run your heater less. Keep throws and quilts decoratively draped over armchairs and sofas, or tucked away in baskets behind the furniture, so that they’re always accessible when someone is chilly.
  • Use the sun’s energy to heat your house. Keep the curtains open during the sunny part of the day, and close them as the sun goes down.
  • Humidity makes you feel warmer. Use a humidifier to make the air humid, and leave your bathroom fan off after a shower to make the most use of that humidity, too.

Saving money on heating costs this fall may take little more than some creative thinking and simple ingenuity. On the other hand, it never hurts to find an energy company, like Cirro Energy, that cares about saving its customers money and time. For more lifestyle and energy tips, connect with Cirro Energy on Facebook and Twitter.

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Halloween Lighting Ideas | Cirro Energy

shutterstock 63230995 300x199 Halloween Lighting Ideas | Cirro Energy This Halloween, Cirro Energy would just like to say … Boo! Did we scare you? Your electricity costs don’t have to scare you either, even if you want to have the spookiest light show on the block. Just try some of these simple, creative ideas brought to you by Cirro Energy, and your house will be festive for the holiday without breaking the bank.

  • Container lighting is fun, and doesn’t always require electricity. Using battery-operated lights inside and around canning jars or milk jugs, you are limited only by your imagination with how you decorate your containers. You might try decoupaging spooky faces on the outsides, with tissue paper, glue and stickers, or you could fill the jars with fake “webbing” and rubber spiders, using these jars as creepy centerpieces, lit from within.
  • If you’re using string lights, we recommend Energy Star™ certified LED lights. Did you know that you could power 140 LED lights with the energy it takes to light one incandescent bulb? For a twist on the traditional jack-o’-lantern, try winding a light string around your pumpkin for a festive look and securing it with T-pins. Use caution to not poke through any of the wires.  You can even use multiple pumpkins, stringing them together with bright little lights.
  • Use your existing outdoor lights, for a no-cost-added eerie glow. By putting green, yellow, red, orange or blue approved light filters on your existing outdoor lights, or using colored bulbs, you can lend your house an air of mystery, making it look like an unfamiliar, somewhat sinister place. Choose a décor theme that goes with your light color: green for a mad scientist’s laboratory, red for a monster’s lair, yellow for an old graveyard, orange for a jack-o’-lantern town or blue for a haunted house.

Cirro Energy likes to offer money-saving, convenient plans to people in the community, because Cirro Energy is part of the community. A company with deep roots in Texas, Cirro cares about customers and shows it, with easy to manage electricity plans. For more lifestyle and energy tips, connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Family Health and Fitness Day | Cirro Energy

9.27 300x233 Family Health and Fitness Day | Cirro Energy  At Cirro Energy, we care about the health and well-being of our customers and their families. As a company with deep roots in the community, Cirro Energy participates in many outreach programs that seek to improve the lives of those in our community. So we’d like to tell you about an upcoming date you’ll want to mark on your calendar – September 27th is National Family Health and Fitness Day.

Held on the last Saturday in September, National Family Health and Fitness Day is a health and fitness event for families, intended to promote family involvement in physical activity. Not only is this is a great cause, it is one of the goals of the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health. On National Family Health and Fitness Day, organizations in Dallas and Houston and throughout the country will host health and fitness events. These events will involve non-competitive activities such as fun walks, low-impact exercises, health screenings, open houses, games and more.

Of course, you don’t have to wait until the end of September to encourage your family to be healthy and active! Hit the park or walking trail, and spend time walking, biking, or playing active games with your family. Whether it’s group tetherball or bocce–it doesn’t matter, time spent outdoors being active with your family is always time well-spent. Teach your children to jump rope, have a cartwheel contest in the backyard, or roller skate around the block. Teach your kids how to unplug and unwind, and you’ll be setting them up with healthy habits for them to one day teach their kids.

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 the website. To connect with the online community, visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Energy Saving Tips for the end of Summer | Cirro Energy

shutterstock 71772454 300x201 Energy Saving Tips for the end of Summer | Cirro EnergyAs a Texas electricity company, Cirro Energy understands the importance of saving energy as the summer winds down. And since we’re based in Dallas and Houston, we also understand the need to keep cool! Fortunately, you can keep your cool while staying within your budget with some helpful tips from this Texas electricity company.

  • Make your thermostat your friend. Bump it up as high as you can reasonably tolerate, and knock it up a degree if you’re leaving the house. Even as little as one degree can bring savings of 3-5%! Consider a programmable thermostat to make it easy. Be aware, however, that big, sudden shifts aren’t a good idea. Cranking your thermostat up or down by ten degrees doesn’t bring it to the right temperature any faster since fans only move at one speed; it only means the a/c is working harder.
  • Protect yourself from the sun. We’re not talking sunscreen, we’re talking windows! Use window treatments to keep the sun from heating the house you’re trying to cool, and utilize shade trees and other landscaping features to keep the sun out of the house.
  • If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen. Well, ok, of course you have to eat. But if you make use of your microwave and barbecue grill, eat summer foods like fresh fruit and salads, prepare meals in bulk, or wait until the temperatures drop in the evening to do any baking, you can hold down the kitchen’s temperature. That makes it easier on your air conditioner and saves money on energy bills. To lower the energy cost of your refrigerator, keep it full, and use the “efficiency” setting if possible.
  • Use fans to give your air conditioner a break. Fans can help circulate cool air, helping your air conditioner work more effectively, even if you pump it up a couple of degrees. One caveat: fans don’t help cool empty rooms, they work by cooling the body, so turn them off if you’re not going to be in the room to avoid wasting energy.
  • Maintain your system, and you’ll get better performance. Change your air filters frequently- monthly is a good idea- to keep your system clean. Clip plants around the outside of your a/c unit, and don’t block the vents inside the house. Be aware of how much insulation you have and whether you need more. Keeping an eye on your HVAC system can pay off with lower electric bills.

Cirro Energy is a Texas electricity company with deep roots in the community. We care about our neighbors and customers, and that’s why we bring you valuable information to help you not only save on energy, but maybe even enjoy the summer a little more. For more lifestyle and energy tips, connect with us on Facebook and Twitter, or visit our website at CirroEnergy.com.

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Helping Your Kids Succeed in School | Cirro Energy

9.9 300x184 Helping Your Kids Succeed in School | Cirro EnergyAt Cirro Energy, we know that helping kids succeed in school is a big priority for parents. Parents can help set the tone for their kids’ approach to school and learning.  As we are crusing through another school year this September, which has been designated “National School Success Month”, Cirro Energy has some suggestions to help your child have the very best school experience possible.

The first step in ensuring your child’s school success is to create an environment that helps him or her to learn. Start with making sure they get enough sleep, eat a good breakfast, and leave for school with all the necessary books and supplies. Each day, check your child’s school bag for information, homework and completed work, and maintain communication with teachers. Get involved in your child’s school, whether volunteering, joining the PTA or asking the teacher what is needed for the classroom. Help your child with homework at night, encourage him or her to participate in extracurricular activities, and to help pack school bags and lunches the night before so that mornings can go smoothly. Additionally, instill in your child a love of learning by finding ways to incorporate it into your everyday lives in fun ways.

Success in school is more than just academic success. In fact, you can break it down into four key areas:

  • Behavior: Help your children work on self-control and appropriate classroom behavior, in order to prepare them for school. Listen to them, and if they’re struggling, try to get the bottom of any problems. Sometimes, improving behavior can be related to getting a pair of glasses or seeking out after-school tutoring.
  • Classwork: If your child is having trouble completing classwork, talk to the teacher to find out what’s at the root of the issue. It’s possible that your child needs to change seats or needs special study conditions, like working in  a more secluded area to avoid distraction.
  • Friends: Sometimes social factors can lend to a child having trouble in school. Get to know your child’s friends, and talk to your children to find out if they are having any trouble “fitting in” or feeling comfortable at school. Involvement in extracurricular activities can help children to form lasting bonds with like-minded kids.
  • Home: Families have problems from time to time, and modeling good problem solving is the best thing you can do for your children. You can also show them healthy ways to manage stress and set goals.

Help your child get the very best start by instilling a love of learning that will help them to succeed in school. To connect with other Cirro customers and share tips for improving family life, follow Cirro Energy on Facebook and Twitter, or learn how Cirro Energy can help your family find the best electricity plan by visiting the website.

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Labor Day Barbecue Ideas I Cirro Energy

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Cirro Energy offers suggestions for your Labor Day barbecue.

Labor Day is just around the corner, and Cirro Energy wants to give homeowners in Texas ideas for their Labor Day barbecue! It’s always sad to see the summer go, but throwing a party will ease the transition into fall. Here, Cirro Energy gives some advice for doing it right.

  • Plan ahead. People often use Labor Day as an opportunity to sneak in one more mini-vacation, so send your “save the date” invitation notices well in advance, and follow up with more specific invitations as the date nears.
  • Choose the right space. No one knows more about how challenging it is to keep energy costs down during the hot summer months than Cirro Energy. Consider sparing your own electric bill by holding your bash at a location other than your home, like the park or a sprayground area but make sure you get the right permits and permissions before you finalize your plans. If you do host it at your house, consider keeping the party outdoors as much as possible, because your air conditioner has to work harder when more people are in the house.
  • Go beyond hot dogs and hamburgers. There are many ways to plan a menu that will make your party a little more exciting.

If you’re looking for low fixed rates on your electricity, a commitment to customer service, and account management that works for you, you are in the right place with Cirro Energy. For more information, visit the website at www.cirroenergy.com. For a deeper connection, join Cirro Energy on Facebook and on Twitter.

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Dallas Electricity Company | Back to School 2014

shutterstock 95571682 300x300 Dallas Electricity Company | Back to School 2014Cirro Energy, a Dallas electricity company, understands that going back to school can be stressful. The shift in schedule, combined with concern over a new teacher and reluctance to leave summer behind can cause many kids to have anxiety as the school year kicks off. Fortunately, Cirro has some tips to make the transition from summer to school an easy one.

  • Help your child look forward. Forging a connection with people at school is a big part of giving your child a feeling of belonging. Make your child aware of people at school, like the counselor or school nurse, who are there to help if there are any difficulties.
  • To alleviate anxiety, normalize it. Explain to your child that everyone is nervous about the first week of school. Share any personal experiences you can, and read books together about kids who overcame that nervousness and had a successful school year.
  • Make morning routines easy by doing what you can at night. Each night, lay out clothing, pack backpacks and prepare lunches, so that the morning will be worry free.
  • Help your child understand timing.  Use charts, with illustrations if needed, to remind your child to stay on task in the morning.   Set a second alarm or timer with a “5 minutes to leave countdown” to ensure they can make the bus, start their walk or get into the car on time.
  • Get organized to make everything easier. Prepare a spot for the ambush of paperwork you’re sure to receive once school’s back in. Make a pleasant study spot for your child, too, with duplicate school supplies to the key items you’ve sent off to school. Being prepared and organized is a great way to set your child up for success.

With a little bit of preparation, your family can sail past the first week of school with ease. It’ll be almost as simple as saving on electricity with Cirro Energy. We work hard to ensure that our customers have access to smart money-saving plans, online and mobile account management, convenient payment options and customer service, as well as some of the lowest fixed rates around. For more lifestyle and energy tips, connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Cirro Energy | End of Summer Party Ideas

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Cirro Energy offers suggestions for an end of summer party.

It’s the end of the summer, and Cirro Energy understands that for many this is a bittersweet time of year. With school starting again, it’s back to the hectic routine, and it can be sad to bid a fond farewell to the long summer days. As the summer draws to a close, plan to go out with a bang! With these great party ideas from Cirro Energy, you can give summer a send-off that you’ll remember all year.

  • Get the party started with a whimsical invitation. These Popsicle invitations are adorable and easy to make. Get creative with your invitations, by attaching bright colors, beads, and different colors of construction paper to give your Popsicle invitations a memorable design. Your guests will marvel at your creativity, and surely RSVP as long as they don’t eat it first!

  • Plan a fun and festive menu. You could host a traditional barbecue, but you’ve probably already done that this summer. Mix it up, with Balsamic Honey Pulled Pork Sliders, Warm Grilled Corn with Pancetta and Red Pepper, Garlic-Mustard Glazed Skewers, and Grilled Peaches with Mascarpone and Honey.

  • Let the “Back to School” theme inspire you! Decorate in school bus yellow and apple-for-the-teacher red, use chalkboards to list the menu items, and pick up some bright, colorful alphabet posters from the local dollar or school supply store to create a back to school vibe. Don’t forget the balloons! Plan some fun party games, or just plan to play in the pool all day. They key is to relax and celebrate your last unstructured days before the school year begins.  Make sure to play some fun and upbeat summertime music, to keep the party atmosphere bright.

Cirro Energy loves providing these kinds of great tips for better living and works hard to improve the lives of its customers. If you’re looking for low fixed rates, a commitment to customer service and account management that works for you, you are in the right place with Cirro Energy. For more information, visit the www.cirroenergy.com. For a deeper connection, join Cirro Energy on Facebook and on Twitter.

 

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Top 10 Back to School Checklist I Cirro Energy

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Cirro Energy offers a back to school checklist.

Summer is coming to an end, and Cirro Energy knows that prepping for back to school can be overwhelming. While it’s always exciting to get the kids geared up for a whole new year, it can also be a hassle to try to remember everything you need to get done so Cirro Energy wants to share this handy checklist to help you handle it efficiently and easily.

  • Make sure the wardrobe is back-to-school ready. Go through each child’s fall wardrobe, donating outgrown items to charity or selling them on eBay or ThredUp. Make a list of what is needed to augment what you already have, and make the most of the back to school sales!
  • Be sure any summer work has been completed. Check the summer math packets and reading lists, to make sure your children are prepared to start the year on the right foot.
  • Familiarize yourself with the school calendar and policies. Write the school schedule down on your family calendar, and review things like dress code and conduct policies, so that you’re sure your kids know what to expect.
  • Schedule the necessary checkups. Especially if your children are involved in sports, it’s important to get their yearly physicals completed.
  • Start to get the schedule back on track. A week or two before school starts, begin moving bedtimes and mornings back to an earlier time, so it won’t be such a shock when school is back in session and the alarm clock is once again the harsh reality.
  • Get the kids polished and prepared. Schedule haircuts and make sure they have the right eyeglasses, if necessary, but also spend some time talking about the new school year and getting them excited about it. For kids in middle and high school, it’s a great time to discuss goals, both short and long term.
  • Prep your kitchen for back-to-school meals. Stock up on snacks and lunch foods, but also spend some time planning ahead for family meals in those first hectic weeks of school.
  • Stock up on supplies required by the school. You’ll be able to find a list of school supplies in major retailers like Target and Wal-Mart, specific to your school. Your kids should have some input, especially on things like lunch boxes and backpacks, but make sure that whatever they choose is in line with the school’s requirements. This is also a good time to talk to them about charity, and consider making a donation to help less fortunate kids get their supplies, too.
  • Plan ahead for school year child care. Summer is the right time to sign kids up for after-school care, before the best programs are full. Make sure everyone knows where they’re supposed to be, when their extracurricular activities will take place, and who they can call in case of emergency.
  • Set up school friendly spaces in your house. Your organization may have fallen by the wayside over the summer, and now is the perfect time to get it back on track. Make sure there’s a good space for homework completion, but also have a plan for backpacks and important papers, which can become overwhelming at the beginning of the school year.

Cirro Energy is a company that cares about the community, and strives to help families find answers and information to make their lives a little easier. If you’re looking for low fixed rates, a commitment to customer service, and account management that works for you, you are in the right place with Cirro Energy. For more information, visit the www.cirroenergy.com. For a deeper connection, join Cirro Energy Facebook and on Twitter.

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