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Tips to Help Cut Back on Energy This Fall

As the summer is quickly coming to an end, and fall approaches we put together a list of easy to do tips that may help you cut back on your energy usage this fall.

  • Give your heating system a check-up. As we get closer to the fall season, we suggest you give your heating system a maintenance check. This will help determine if your system needs to be updated or if any repairs will be required to ensure the system is running smoothly.
  • Seal any air leaks. Walk around your home checking for air leaks. Use caulk as one way of sealing any air leaks. You could save between 10% – 20% in energy usage when you seal all opening, especially around the windows.
  • Lower the temperature. Before you leave the house, make sure you lower your thermostat by 10 degrees. Remember to turn it back up when you come back home. By implementing this easy tip, it could help you save close to 10% on your heating bill.
  • Check your home’s insulation. Did you know that properly installed insulation helps reduce heating costs in your home? By checking the insulation of your home it can help cut back on your energy usage this fall.

General tips are taken from the below sources and are not independently verified by Champion Energy. Dollar and usage savings are estimates and are based on, but not limited to the following: home profile information, performance assumptions, third-party resources, and the average regional cost for electricity. Savings are not guaranteed, are subject to change, and may vary.

Sources: http://porch.com/advice/5-tips-saving-energy-fall/




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.

Holiday Events for the Family Across Texas

Holiday Events for the Family Across Texas

The holidays are a great time for families to come together. If you have family visiting this holiday, here are some holiday events for the family across Texas worth checking out.


Moody Gardens Festival of Lights in Galveston – A wonderful display with more than 1 million lights within 100 sound-enhanced animated light displays and nightly live entertainment. There is also an outdoor ice skating rink in addition to photos with Santa.

Santa’s Wonderland in College Station – A Texas Christmas experience that everyone in the family will enjoy with great food, fun and festivities. The Trail of Lights features millions of Christmas lights and displays and inside Santa’s Town you’ll enjoy a festive atmosphere with nostalgic holiday foods, unique shops and live music around a cozy campfire.

For other Houston activities, visit www.visithoustontexas.com/things-to-do/holidays-in-houston-2014


The Trains at North Park Center– The most elaborate toy trains exhibit in Texas encompasses more than 4,000 square feet of train themed environments.

  • Open through January 4
  • Admission: $7 for adults, $3 for children
  • Open 10A – 9 P Monday-Saturday, Sunday – Noon to 6 P
  • www.rmhdallas.org/trains

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Texas – Dallas/Fort Worth’s biggest, most popular attraction features dozens of rides and shows for the family. The park is transformed into a winter wonderland with millions of twinkling lights. Enjoy your favorite rides and visit with Santa.

For other Dallas activities, visit http://www.visitdallas.com/events

San Antonio

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration San Antonio – Family-friendly seasonal shows including “Shamu Christmas Miracles” plus Christmas light displays, candy canes and hot chocolate to get the family in the holiday spirit.

  • Open through December 31 from 12P – 9P

For other San Antonio activities, visit http://visitsanantonio.com/holiday


Trail of Lights at Zilker Park – Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the Austin Trail of Lights has something for every member in your family. See the Austin skyline from the ferris wheel, snap a photo with a great backdrop of lights, eat from some of Austin’s favorite food trucks or shop for those last minute gifts.

 For other Austin activities, visit http://www.austintexas.org