4 Energy Saving Tips to Gobble up this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is only a few short weeks away. While we can’t help with the cooking, we can provide you some energy saving tips. Check out the below tips and start using them today in preparation for the holiday.

  • Large guest list? Before your guests start arriving, lower the temperature of your thermostat by a degree or two. Large groups of people naturally generate heat so give your heating system a break.
  • One trip only. Double check your ingredients list for the meal before you open the fridge. Opening the door multiple time lets out more air and forces the compressor to work harder.
  • Keep it closed. Stop opening the door to check on your turkey and turn on the oven light. Each time you open the oven door you lose a significant amount of heat forcing you use the oven longer.
  • Cool it down. Before adding that steaming hot appetizer to the fridge, allow it to cool down first. This is let the fridge do its thing without needing to work overtime.

Source: http://www.eei.org/resourcesandmedia/energynews/Pages/12%20Energy-Saving%20Tips%20to%20Gobble%20Up%20This%20Thanksgiving.aspx

National Day of Service

Champion Energy champions many causes in the community. Today, on National Day of Service, we recognize four employees who give back to the community. Honorees will get a night on the town, and Champion will make a $250 donation to each honoree’s favorite charity.

  Back 2 Basics Ministry  

Joe – Supervisor, User Acceptance Testing

“My favorite non-profit is Back 2 Basics. We focus primarily on teenagers in Harris and Montgomery County shelters, mental health facilities, foster homes, as well as those on the streets. Back 2 Basics tries to be the “constant” in these kids’ lives. No matter where a child moves, Back 2 Basics will always be there to support them.”

 

  Houston Food Bank  

Ashton – Customer Care Quality Assurance Agent

“While being employed here at Champion Energy I’ve volunteered three times at the Houston Food Bank Keegan Kitchen location. There’s always this awesome feeling knowing I’m headed to prepare meals for kids who are in need. The Houston Food Bank has a huge impact, bringing individuals together for a great cause.”

 

Houston Children’s Charity   

Trent – IT Testing Analyst

“My wife and I volunteer with the Houston Children’s Charity. They do a wonderful job supplying backpacks, beds, books, toiletries, and so many other essentials to children in the Houston community.

Most recently, we have helped with 4 homes impacted by Hurricane Harvey flooding. It touched me that through everything, people remained hopeful and full of laughter. It’s hard, but we have to remember that as long as we’re still here we have the opportunity to grow and flourish.”

 

  Habitat for Humanity  

Poat – IT Project Manager

“Through Champion, I have helped build frames for houses at Habitat for Humanity and volunteered at Kids’ Meals. I’ve walked and raised funds for March of Dimes 4 years in a row. Giving back is important to me.”

 

Make a Difference in Your Community

When you give back to others, you receive so much in return. Search some of the following sites to find a volunteer opportunity that matches your interests. Volunteer Match is a national volunteer matching website. Simply search your geographic area and area of interest to find an opportunity near you.

Champion Energy focuses our charitable efforts on youth programs and ending homelessness. Here are organizations that Champion Energy supports with donations and volunteers:

 

Champion Energy: A Message Regarding Hurricane Harvey

Fellow Texans,

For many of us, the days since Hurricane Harvey made landfall have been among the most difficult of our lives. We have all seen homes damaged or destroyed. Even worse, some of us have lost loved ones.

While it’s always saddening to hear about a natural disaster or tragedy occurring somewhere in the world, this is different. Texas is our home. Both Champion Energy and our parent company Calpine are headquartered in Houston, and many of our employees and families have been affected by this storm.

Texans are strong and resilient people. Many of you have put yourselves in harm’s way helping your neighbors. The news coverage seen around the globe has shown the world how we care for one another and the risks we are willing to take for total strangers in need. The world has seen our resolve and we are not done helping each other yet. We will get through this disaster and we will lift each other up to rebuild, just as we have in the past.

Champion Energy started in Houston so it is no surprise that roughly half of our residential customers live in the greater Houston area and along the Gulf Coast. You’ve been there for us. We are here for you.

For our part, Champion Energy is donating $250,000 to the American Red Cross – Texas Gulf Coast Region for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in our community. Moreover, we are committed to working with you through this hardship by waiving late fees and extending payment terms to anyone affected by Hurricane Harvey. And we’re doubling our donation match to the Power Partners fund to $2 for every $1 donated, matching up to $10,000 per individual donor.

I am a Texan and have lived here most of my life. Like you, I know what we’re made of; now the rest of the world does, too. While grieving over what has been lost, I am certain that Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast will remain the strong and vibrant community we love.

If you’re interested in learning more about the American Red Cross or donating, visit http://www.redcross.org/local/texas/gulf-coast.

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Michael Sullivan
President & CEO
Champion Energy