A green tennis ball on a blue court illustrates Champion Energy and the USTA's commitment to environmental responsibility at the 2016 US Open Tennis Championships

2016 US Open Tennis Championship is Powered by Champion Energy

Champion Energy Services, a subsidiary of Calpine Corporation (NYSE: CPN), the electricity supplier to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, announced on August 1, 2016 that it will be donating Green-e Energy certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) to match the electricity used during the 2016 US Open, the highest-attended annual sporting event in the world.

Green-e Certified 100% Renewable Energy Certificates will be donated to cover the energy use of the 2016 US OpenWhat is a Renewable Energy Certificate, and how does the 2016 US Open benefit from having them?

RECs play an important role in ensuring the viability of renewable energy sources in the United States. RECs help support the generation of renewable power sources and provide more opportunities for facilities and homes to participate in the “green” movement without the need for installing renewable electricity infrastructure onsite.

“As a responsible member of the community, the National Tennis Center strives to not only reduce our own impact on the environment, but to promote environmentally friendly behavior to the thousands of tennis players and fans who visit us every year. The donation of renewable energy certificates will go a long way toward doing that.” – Daniel Zausner, COO, USTA BJK National Tennis Center.

Why is Champion Energy donating Green-e certified RECs to the 2016 US Open?

“We are excited to support the USTA’s commitment to environmentally responsible operations,” said Jason Fox, Vice President of Supply. “As a world-class sporting event, the 2016 US Open represents an opportunity to encourage and promote the use of renewable energy. We are glad to serve the USTA, and all of our clients, in a way that supports their operational goals.”

About the 2016 US Open

The US Open is one of the oldest tennis championships in the world, having grown out of the US National Championship, which originated in 1881. Since 1987, the US Open has been the final Grand Slam tournament held annually, following the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon.

The USTA is the national governing body for tennis in the United States.

Announcing the Winners of our Choose to be Green Earth Day Contest

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We want to thank everyone who participated in our contest to help make it a success. We received thousands of entries of customers sharing their energy conservation tips. Winners were randomly selected and are as follows:

Free Electricity for a Year (up to $1,000 of Power)

Brian P. from Chicago, IL

“By installing a smart thermostat, you are able to control when the A/C turns on and off when you’re not at home.”

$100 in LEDs

Duyen T. from Plano, TX

“Reuse recyclable shopping bags as trash bags in the house. Also, readjust the temperature when you leave the house for more than 45 minutes. Lastly, install solar screens on windows.”

Muath Z. from Wharton, TX

“Install high performance windows to minimize A/C load as well as extra insulation to prevent heat transfer from outside to inside.”

Frances K. from Magnolia, TX

“Use natural light during the daylight hours as well as turn the air conditioner off when you aren’t home.”

Ashley F. from Nolanville, TX

“Set your air conditioner to 74 during the summer and your heater to 70 during the winter.

Virginia L. from Lufkin, TX

“Install programmable thermostats and use energy saving bulbs. Use ceiling fans to distribute air throughout the house and grill in the summer to keep from increasing the temperature by using the stove.”

$50 VISA Gift Cards

Leslie H. from Carrollton, TX

“Only use your lights and air conditioning when absolutely necessary, and install solar screens and nighttime motion sensors to help conserve energy outside.”

Libby K. from Houston, TX

“Use electricity-guzzling appliances less, especially the washer and dryer. They use power to both run and heat water, as does the dishwasher.”

Nissa U. from Houston, TX

“Use a programmable thermostat to control energy costs. And, when you aren’t home make sure that the blinds and curtains are closed to keep the heat out.”

Melba D. from Dallas, TX

“Teach your children to turn off lights and anything that uses electricity when you are out of the room or not using them. Also, replaced your light bulbs with LEDs.

Kristy A. from Athens, TX

“Unplug all electrical devices that aren’t being used to keep the home running smoothly 24 hours a day since they still pull electricity when not in use.”

Congratulations to all our winners! Make sure to follow us on Facebook for future contests.

Energy Tips for Electronics

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With 68% of Americans having a smartphone and 45% owning computers, technology use in the home is on the rise. And, with that is the likelihood for increased household energy costs. Electronics and appliances account for 30 cents of every dollar you spend on electricity. While appliances have become more efficient, but increased use of electronics has offset those gains, according to the Energy Information Administration.

Energy tips for managing electricity usage of your electronics:

  1. Turn them off. When you aren’t using your electronics, unplug it. You can save as much as 10 percent on your electricity bill by avoiding “energy vampires”. Plug in your laptop to a surge protector so when they aren’t in use so it is easy to switch the power off.
  2. Look at energy labels. Energy Star labelled products help you save money, save energy and help protect the environment. To learn more about Energy Start Certified products, read more here. ENERGY STAR-labeled computers use 30%-65% less energy than computers without this certification.
  3. Use the power management settings on computer. You can customize your power settings to change the amount of time after which the display is dimmed, turned off, or when the computer goes to sleep. Learn more about your computer’s Window settings here. The rule of thumb is to turn off the monitor if you aren’t going to use it for more than 20 minutes and to turn off both CPU and monitor if you aren’t going to use it for more than 2 hours.