Water Conservation Tips in Texas

Cirro Energy offers water conservation tips for the home and family that can help save money, water and the environment.For many Texas residents, drought conditions take a toll on both your home and your wallet. Water conservation efforts are essential in order to ensure families have access to the water necessary in the hottest months. More importantly, it ensures that the area’s natural resources are not depleted, polluted or otherwise damaged.

Small steps in water conservation can have a real, lasting effect on how drought affects your home and your neighborhood. You can be part of the solution for everyone and save money. Here are a few water conservation tips to help you get started:

  1. Evaluate your plumbing. Water conservation is a great reason to check your home’s plumbing thoroughly. Check each faucet, connector, hose and pipe around the house for leaks, and fix the ones you’re able to. Call a handyman for the ones you can’t fix and as soon as possible, replace parts that are no longer functional. You may also want to replace shower heads and toilets to WaterSense-labeled equipment, which allows you to use less water, thereby saving water and money.
  2. Tweak your bathroom habits. Long gone should be the days of the long showers. Keep showers to a five-minute maximum rather than taking long, drawn-out baths, which use up an average of 70 gallons per bath. Old toilets can be replaced with water-saving toilets that have dual-flush functions for more efficient waste management.
  3. Conserve in the kitchen. The kitchen is another place where you can conserve water. First, remember that washing dishes by hand uses up more water than running the dishwasher, so if you have a dishwasher, go ahead and run it. At the same time, remember to only run it when it’s full to prevent unnecessary water usage.
  4. Revamp your gardening strategy. Water conservation isn’t just reserved for inside the home. Your garden is a great place to save water and money as well. Believe it or not, starting a compost pile is one way to save water.  Using compost material for your landscaping adds water-retaining organic material that allows you to go longer without watering your plants. Group plants in your landscape according to their watering needs, and redirect rain gutters and runoff to places where your plants can receive the extra water.
  5. Monitor your water usage. Staying on top of your water usage monthly can make a huge difference in the way you approach water conservation as a whole. Check your bill for unusually high usage, and learn how to read your meters to understand where in your home there might be leaks or unnecessarily high water usage.

Want to learn more about water conservation in Texas? There are a number of resources which can provide you with valuable information regarding water conservation efforts in your area, as well as drought resources and practical information on what you can do to help the environment and your community.

Cirro Energy is committed to water conservation and its impact on the environment, and we believe that by helping families thrive in all areas of the home, we are doing our part in helping the community.

Check back every month for new blogs on helpful electricity tips and advice that fits your lifestyle. To compare and see the Cirro Energy advantage, check out our residential comparison page and make the switch today. Cirro Energy, the easy choice for people who like easy choices.

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Energy Saving Tips for a Texas Summer

thermometer imageIs there any more important time for energy-saving tips than during a Texas summer? When days reach over 100 degrees, the air conditioner seems to run all day without stopping. Here, from Cirro Energy, are some energy-saving tips that give your budget a break, yet don’t require your family to swelter in the Texas heat.

  • Plan your day to save energy. In addition to raising the temperature when you’re not at home, make a point to run appliances like your dishwasher, washing machine and dryer at night, when it’s cooler outside. Meal planning, too, can save on energy costs, if you elect to serve some summer fare that doesn’t require you to use the oven.
  • Fill your fridge. Did you know that your refrigerator and freezer work more efficiently when they’re full? Even if you don’t currently have the groceries to stock it up, keeping your refrigerator full of bottles of water can make a big difference.
  • Only use one refrigerator/freezer. Using a second fridge takes twice as much energy, so stick with one if possible. If you need to use a second one for special occasions, like when you have guests, keep it unplugged until a day or two before you need it. When storing a refrigerator, don’t keep it in a space that isn’t air conditioned, because that can damage it and cause it to work inefficiently.
  • Stream your movies online. Online streaming uses significantly less electricity than a DVD player. Plus, using a game console, like an X-Box or PlayStation, can use up to five times more power than a traditional player.
  • Be smart about energy efficiency in your home. Clean or replace your air filters every three months, seal cracks around doors and windows, keep your shades drawn when the air conditioner is on and use ceiling fans to circulate cool air. All of these measures, working together, can add up to savings you can see on your monthly energy bill.
  • Be mindful of vampires. Unplug electronic equipment when it’s not in use to keep it from leaching energy for no reason. An easy way to do this is to use power strips, which can be easily turned off and back on, switching off a whole group of electronics at once.

Helping you save money on electricity is what Cirro Energy is all about.  That’s why we offer energy-saving tips and electric plans to fit your family’s needs and work within your budget.

Check back every month for new blogs on helpful electricity tips and advice that fits your lifestyle. To compare and see the Cirro Energy advantage, check out our residential comparison page and make the switch today. Cirro Energy, the easy choice for people who like easy choices.

Energy-Saving Tips for You | Healthy Ways to Stay Energized

Energy-Saving-Tips-to-Stay-HealthyMost 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.

Check back every month for new blogs on helpful electricity tips and advice that fits your lifestyle. To compare and see the Cirro Energy advantage, check out our residential comparison page and make the switch today. Cirro Energy, the easy choice for people who like easy choices.