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Energy Efficient Solutions are critical when trying to save money on your energy bill. Do you maximize efficiency of large appliances? What do you keep your thermostat on while away? Do you have proper insulation? These are just a few questions to ask yourself when trying to figure out how to save money on your electricity. The best energy efficient solutions vary from household to household depending on the dynamics of your living situation. However, the tips and tricks provided in this video can help any size household with any amount of residents save money on electricity.
Energy Efficient Solutions can be anything from having affordable appliances that reduce energy usage to knowing helpful tricks for lowering your overall energy usage. Proper energy efficient solutions in your home can help you save a significant amount of money on your electricity.
These basic energy efficient solutions will help you lower your energy bill and minimize energy usage in your home.
PLANO, Texas – Nov. 13, 2012 – Cirro Energy, a subsidiary of Dominion Resources, is helping dinosaurs roam North Texas again at the Heard Natural Science Museum. Through Feb. 3, 2013, Cirro Energy will power Dinosaurs Live!, where visitors can see a 46-foot T-Rex and eight new life-size animatronic dinosaurs throughout the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary’s nature trails in McKinney, Texas.
“The Heard Museum’s animatronic dinosaurs give families and friends a fantastic, fun, educational activity to enjoy together,” said Cindi Wakefield, spokesperson for Cirro Energy. “By powering this important exhibit, we can educate the public on an amazing period in Texas’ natural history while showing them that the days of limited choices for electricity providers are as extinct as the dinos that roamed the area.”
As part of the “Powered by Cirro Energy” exhibit, dinosaurs are situated along a half-mile nature trail including life-size animatronic dinosaurs and baby dinosaurs that kids can play on. Signs along the path give visitors the opportunity to learn interesting dinosaur facts as they see them move and hear them. The dinosaur trail is jogging and stroller friendly.
“The public can check out both herbivores and carnivores, including my favorite, the nearly 50 foot infamous Tyrannosaurus Rex,” explained Wakefield. “The beasts really come to life as they move and roar. It’s an amazing experience that stimulates the imagination and makes you feel like a kid again.”
The exhibit includes an Acrocanthosaurus, Apatosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Carnotaurus, Coelophysisa, a Dilophosaurus that “spits” water, an Edmontonia, Ornithomimuys, Parasaurolophus and two baby dinosaurs. As part of the program, Cirro Energy will be integrated throughout the exhibit and Amphitheater.
The museum’s indoor exhibit, Prehistoric Texas takes visitors through time periods starting from when life began and moving through early sea life, the forests of the carboniferous and up through the wild dinosaurs and sea monsters of the Cretaceous. Focusing on the Texas Cretaceous period, the exhibit illustrates the diversity of fossils found in Texas and explains why there was mostly aquatic prehistoric life in this area and few actual dinosaurs. The exhibit features a T-Rex skull and two Triceratops family dinosaur skulls, shark teeth and other fossils and collections.
Kids can also walk through a Tylosaur cave and practice their skills in the kid’s activity room where they can learn about the fossilization process and dig for fossils in the Cirro Energy Dino Dig. The walls have a colorful mural of pre-historic dinosaurs and creatures painted by artists, Oksana Marchenko and Jane Burrell.
No matter what your family’s interests, the Heard Museum has something for everyone including the BUGS, Dinosaurs Live!, and Animals of the World exhibits. Visitors can enjoy the beauty of the native plant garden and a 289-acre wildlife sanctuary with seven nature trails. Visit the Heard Museum for fun, education and nature exploration at www.heardmuseum.org.
About Cirro Energy
Cirro Energy brings a smarter approach to retail electricity service. A subsidiary of Dominion, one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy, Cirro Energy delivers superior customer service and savings to residential and business customers in Texas. From competitively priced plans for electricity to Smart Shop energy efficiency products, Cirro Energy empowers consumers to make smart choices that save them money. For more information on Cirro Energy, visit www.cirroenergy.com. Media can contact Scott Black of TPRM at (214) 520-3430 ext. 303. For more information about Dominion, visit the company’s Web site at www.dom.com.
PLANO, Texas – Oct. 24, 2012 – Cirro Energy, a subsidiary of Dominion Resources, will help turn the Dallas Zoo’s Halloween Nights into a wild animal adventure on October 25, 26, 27, and 28. For four nights only, furry, feathered and scaly stars, along with their human supporting actors will take the Spooky Cirro Energy stage for the “Animal Adventures” show.
“Cirro Energy and the Dallas Zoo have teamed up to create a not-so-scary evening featuring the Animal Adventures show,” said Cindi Wakefield, spokesperson for Cirro Energy. “The entire family will be amazed by the live performances on our Spooky Cirro Energy Stage.”
Evening admission is $10 per person for everyone age 3 and older, which includes most entertainment and six coupons for the candy stations. Kids are encouraged to dress in costumes and catch the show. Afterward, they can trick-or-treat around Zoo, see the haunted pumpkin patch, roast s’mores and take a backward spin on the Haunted Carousel.
“The Zoo’s ambiance will be magical with stilt walkers, sky ghosts and other costumed characters,” said Wakefield. “Visitors can snap a picture of their kids in the Pumpkin Patch, watch a magic show and search for creepy, crawly critters in the Herpetarium and Bug U.”
The Dallas Zoo is the largest zoological experience in Texas with 106 acres of developed land. It is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. The Zoo is located at 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway. DZS members receive a $2 discount off admission. The Haunted Carousel is $2 per ride. S’mores are $3 each and camel rides are $5 per person. For more information, call (469) 554-7500 or visit www.DallasZoo.com.
About Cirro Energy
Cirro Energy brings a smarter approach to retail electricity service. A subsidiary of Dominion, one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy, Cirro Energy delivers superior customer service and savings to residential and business customers in Texas. From competitively priced plans for electricity to Smart Shop energy efficiency products, Cirro Energy empowers consumers to make smart choices that save them money. For more information on Cirro Energy, visit www.cirroenergy.com; media can contact Scott Black of TPRM at (214) 520-3430 ext. 303. For more information about Dominion, visit the company’s Web site at http://www.dom.com.
PLANO, Texas – Oct. 23, 2012 – Cirro Energy, a subsidiary of Dominion Resources, is helping return the iconic pumpkin patch to the Fort Worth Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo celebration. This year, Boo at the Zoo is being celebrated from noon to 5 pm over two weekends: October 19-21 and October 26-28, 2012. For these few special nights, trick-or-treaters will have the opportunity to wander the Cirro Energy Pumpkin Patch and enjoy many thrills throughout the Zoo.
“Fort Worth’s Boo at the Zoo has earned a reputation for consistently delivering one of the most fun, quality and family-friendly events in North Texas each year,” said Mike Rose, managing director of Cirro Energy. “We’re pleased that our sponsorship will help make this fall tradition possible for the community, while giving us the chance to educate consumers about how they can consistently enjoy better electricity rates.”
The Fort Worth Zoo’s Halloween celebration runs from noon to 5 p.m. over two weekends, October 19-21 and October 26-28. Children are welcome to wear their favorite Halloween costumes to sample new carnival games, a tot spot, crafts and candy, as well as a fabulous array of animals.
Zookeepers will incorporate Boo-themed activities throughout the park. Zoo guests will also enjoy a Halloween-themed stage show featuring the Zoo’s Wild Wonders animals in the Outdoor Learning Theater. This year, Cirro Energy has made possible the return of one of the most popular activities, the famous “pumpkin patch.
“The pumpkin patch was once among the most popular Boo at the Zoo traditions,” added Rose. “The Fort Worth Zoo asked us to help them bring it back, to delight parents with an opportunity to snap photos of their kids in such a picturesque location. The Cirro Energy Pumpkin Patch gives families a way to capture their enchanted afternoon.”
The main portion of Boo at the Zoo — carnival games, crafts, tot spot and trick-or-treating — will take place at the Zoo’s Special Events Pavilions. Admission to the site is $3 per person and charged for all ages. Other Halloween-themed animal enrichment throughout the park and the stage show can be enjoyed with the price of regular Zoo admission. Boo at the Zoo tickets are available for purchase inside the Zoo.
The nationally acclaimed Fort Worth Zoo has been ranked the No. 5 zoo in the nation by USA Travel Guide and the No. 1 attraction in the DFW Metroplex by Zagat survey. The Zoo is home to more than 500 animal species and a world-famous reptile collection, housed in the new Museum of Living Art. The institution is focused on education and conservation, enhancing the lives of more than 1 million visitors a year. For more information about Boo at the Zoo, visit www.fortworthzoo.org.
About Cirro Energy
Cirro Energy brings a smarter approach to retail electricity service. A subsidiary of Dominion, one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy, Cirro Energy delivers superior customer service and savings to residential and business customers in Texas. From competitively priced plans for electricity to Smart Shop energy efficiency products, Cirro Energy empowers consumers to make smart choices that save them money. For more information on Cirro Energy, visit www.cirroenergy.com media can contact Scott Black of TPRM at (214) 520-3430 ext. 303. For more information about Dominion, visit the company’s Web site at http://www.dom.com.
It’s important to keep current with Dallas activities taking place this fall so the whole family can get out and enjoy some quality time together. Connect with your children and enjoy fun family events by taking advantage of this Dallas kids activities guide for fall 2012.
The fair runs for 24 days from September 28 through October 21. Ride on more than 70 rides and enjoy great food, exhibits and parades every evening through the park. Tickets range in price from $12 to $16, and guests ages 2 and younger are admitted free. There are many ways to earn discount tickets, such as bringing canned food donations or empty Dr Pepper and Coke bottles. The Texas State Fair link above contains full details for special offers and how to earn discount tickets.
From October 2 through February 3, the Heard Natural Science Museum exhibits Life-size Animatronic Dinosaurs, including the 46-foot T-Rex as well as eight other new dinosaurs. The exhibit always gives families and friends a fun, educational activity to enjoy together. The trail is jogging stroller friendly, and a play area is available as well. Dallas activities at the Heard Natural Science Museum are great to attend any time of the year, not only in the Fall.
Chihuly Nights, powered by Cirro Energy, will be open through November 5th, including a different concert each Thursday night. Enjoy the evening glow of moonlight and tree lights with the artist’s magnificently lit sculptures along with live music. Dallas activities are great when accompanied with live music, and the month of October at the Chihuly exhibition includes Dallas Unlimited, Coppertones, LeFreak, Signed-Sealed-Delivered, and the Dallas Wind Symphony. Prices range from $9–$22.
Dallas activities in the fall are a great time to take advantage of the cooler weather. Along with shopping for great fresh food at the Dallas Farmers Market, visit on Saturday, October 13 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. for the Fall Festival. The first 100 kids to arrive receive a free Justin Bieber t-shirt and the chance to win tickets to his sold-out concert! Joe King and the JK band will be performing.
Turtle Creek is the place to be on Saturday, October 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. if you want to enjoy free Dallas activities and the chance to purchase pumpkins for Halloween. Food and drinks are available for purchase, and families are encouraged to bring a picnic blanket and enjoy the afternoon in one of Dallas’s prettiest public parks.
This is just a peek at the many Dallas activities available this fall. You can afford to visit more family events by saving in other areas, such as on your electric bill. Visit Cirro Energy to learn more. You can also join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!
When game day arrives, you want to serve the best tailgate food possible to satisfy everyone before the big game begins. From a deviled egg appetizer to main course nachos and caramelized onion dip on the side, you’ll have all the best tailgating food you need. The following best tailgate recipes should make your next few tailgate parties a success.
1 dozen peeled hard-boiled eggs
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 teaspoon spicy brown mustard
1/8 teaspoon salt
In a large saucepan, place eggs in pan and cover with 2 inches cool water. Heat to a boil. Once water starts to boil, reduce heat to a simmer for 1 minute. After a minute, remove pan from heat, cover and let sit for up to 15 minutes. Peel and discard egg shells.
Slice the peeled eggs in half lengthwise and remove the yolks. In a mixing bowl, use a fork to mash the yolks together with mayonnaise, parsley, sour cream, spicy brown mustard. Salt to taste. Spoon the mixture into the egg white halves and chill until serving (at least one hour).
GAME DAY NACHOS
Our favorite part about this best tailgate food is that you don’t need exact amounts.
Lime-seasoned tortilla chips
Ground beef or chicken (or both)
Black beans or refried beans
Shredded cheddar cheese
In skillet, heat ground beef or chicken until thoroughly browned, draining excess grease. Remove from heat and set nearby.
On a large serving platter, place a layer of lime-seasoned tortilla chips. Sprinkle chips with ground beef and/or chicken, then top with black beans or refried beans. Next sprinkle shredded cheese liberally. Repeat this process two or three times.
Top the final layer with lettuce, tomatoes, black olives, jalapenos, and several dollops of sour cream and guacamole.
CARAMELIZED ONION DIP
Serve with chips and crackers.
This crowd-pleaser is easy to make ahead of time and perfect for dipping potato chips and crackers. The easy-to-find, inexpensive ingredients you need make it one of the best tailgate recipes.
2 tablespoons butter
2 medium onions, chopped
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
16 ounces sour cream
2 tablespoons fresh chopped chives
Chips and crackers
Here’s how to make this best tailgate food. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter. Brown the onions in butter for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Remove onions from the heat and let cool for 30 minutes.
Combine the onions, sour cream, and chives in a medium bowl. Stir in remaining salt and pepper. Cover and chill for at least 30 minutes or for up to 2 days.
As you gather everything for big tailgate parties, make sure you pack all the chilled best tailgate food in an insulated cooler to keep food at 40 degrees or below. Keep drinks in a separate cooler so the food is disturbed less often and stays cold. Food prepared hot beforehand can be transported in an insulated container to help it stay hot.
We hope you enjoyed our tips for making the best tailgate food! For money saving tips and electricity plans, please visit our website at www.cirroenergy.com. You can also connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.
Cirro Energy, a subsidiary of Dominion Resources, will help hundreds of schoolchildren at Frankford Middle School in Plano ISD in Texas, gain a competitive edge in their education with a donation to the Plano ISD Foundation. The $1,000 contribution will fund nine much needed electronic balances to expand math and science education as a part of the North Texas STEM program. The STEM initiative includes academics, professional development centers and a network designed to improve instruction and academic performance in science and mathematics-related subjects at Texas schools, and in this case specifically Plano ISD.
“Gaining an education with a focus on STEM subjects is a critical component to succeed in many key roles in the energy industry,” said Mike Rose, managing director of Cirro Energy. “Nurturing science and math skills will help prepare children for the future. That’s why Cirro Energy supports the measures that Plano ISD takes to help our youth excel.”
The electronic balances are an integral part of the curriculum for the STEM program. Students use them to measure the mass of such things as caterpillars, snails and various elements. Currently, there is not enough equipment for classroom participation to be effective. Since students share, this gift would benefit 30 children each period, impacting approximately 200 students each day.
“We’re grateful to Cirro Energy for supporting the Plano ISD Education Foundation as a corporate partner,” said Carlos Sastoque, Plano ISD executive director. “Through their generosity, we will continue to impact middle school children in our STEM Program. Cirro Energy understands the importance of providing all children in our community with a quality public education.”
Cirro Energy is joining other local corporations in addition to Plano ISD to enhance the STEM Program and support hundreds of schoolchildren each day. The company has a longstanding commitment to education and community service. For more information on Cirro Energy, visit www.cirroenergy.com, or connect with Cirro Energy on Facebook or Twitter.
Since deregulation of the electricity industry, Texans have enjoyed the same distribution and transmission systems they have always had, but competition between companies results in a variety of electricity rates in Texas to compare.
When comparing electricity rates in Texas, it is also important to consider what other features and benefits the electricity provider has to offer. Great electricity rates does not mean less hassles. When choosing a dependable energy company in Texas, make sure you compare more than just the electricity rates before you make your decision.
See how Cirro Energy ensures the satisfaction of their customers and provides the resources needed for easy electricity management, all while ensuring the best electricity rates in Texas. Cirro Energy Website
Sponsor: Cirro Energy
Prizes: One Day Admission to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Dallas TX or Chihuly merchandise
Eligibility: The contest is open to all legal residents of the United States of America 13 years or older. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. All winners may be requested to sign an Affidavit and Release to claim a prize at the request of the Sponsor. This contest is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations. By participating in this contest, entrants agree to these official contest rules. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
Contest Period: The contest runs from June 7, 2012 – July 31, 2012 . We’ll be giving out either one day admission passes to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens or Chihuly merchandise as a prize weekly to participants that “Like” the Cirro Energy Facebook page. Two prize winners will be notified each Wednesday by an announcement on the Cirro Energy Facebook Page (http://www.facebook.com/CirroEnergy). Prize winners will be drawn at random by a 3rd party and winners will then be given 7 days to send complete delivery information. (Which must include, but may not be limited to, first and last name, address capable of receiving prize from shipping carrier Cirro Energy so chooses, city, state, and zip code.)
Entry: Participants may enter the contest by becoming a fan of the Cirro Energy Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/CirroEnergy). To be eligible to win a prize, participants must Like the Cirro Energy Facebook page.
General Considerations: If a prize cannot be delivered to the winner, due to his or her location, or by any prohibition of the selected prize under state, county or city code or ordinance, then the awarding of the prize shall be null and void. No monetary or other prize award shall be made in lieu of the Sponsor being unable to transfer any prizes. No substitutions, cash equivalents, or transfers of the prize are permitted.
Privacy: Other then as provided herein, Sponsor will utilize the names, e-mail addresses and/or mailing address of entries only to notify the participant if they are a winner of the contest and to award the prize. Sponsor reserve all rights, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, to use all information for promotional purposes in the future.
Limitation of Liability: Sponsor is not responsible for printing or typographical errors in any contest-related materials; stolen, lost, late, misdirected, damaged, incomplete, or illegible entries; any use or misuse of the prize; or transactions that are processed late or incorrectly or are lost due to computer or electronic malfunction. Sponsor reserves the right to cancel or modify the contest if fraud or technical failures compromise the integrity of contest as determined by the Sponsor in their sole discretion.
Disputes: All disputes arising out of the contest shall be resolved only in the federal and state courts of Dallas, Texas, USA and all participants waive any rights or objections to the jurisdiction or venue of such courts.
Chihuly Nights at Dallas Arboretum is a display you certainly won’t want to miss! Legendary glass sculptor Dale Chihuly has a magnificent collection of his creations on display at the Dallas Arboretum from now until November 5, 2012. Thanks to Cirro
Energy, Chihuly’s creations are stunningly lit for visitors to marvel at while strolling through the beautiful gardens. We are so proud to be a part of Chihuly Nights at Dallas Arboretum and invite everyone in the Dallas area to come out for a visit!
In the past, Cirro Energy has supported local clinics, food banks and education programs. We’re thrilled to support the arts and the environment this year by supporting the incredible Chihuly Nights at Dallas Arboretum. We’re pleased that our community has the chance to be a part of such a rich cultural and educational experience without traveling far from home.
The Dallas Arboretum is a huge location, with more than 66 acres of land comprising the grounds. Along with the dramatically lit glass sculptures, Chihuly Nights at Dallas Arboretum also includes dining and musical concerts to make the evening truly unforgettable for visitors. Although there was minimal damage due to the June hail storm in Dallas, all of the exhibits have been fully restored for viewing. Cirro Energy employees also volunteer as art hosts, explaining the exhibits to curious visitors as they take in the stunning glass artwork.
To help Dallas art enthusiasts get involved, we’re giving away daytime tickets to the Dallas Arboretum and Chihuly merchandise. To be eligible for these prizes, all you have to do is like Cirro Energy on Facebook. Winners will be drawn weekly at random and announced on the Cirro Energy Facebook page.