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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

How To Cope After A Natural Disaster


“I feel overwhelmed.”

You may be feeling overwhelmed by recent storm events. It helps to know that you are not alone.

Over half Champion Energy’s customers and most of our employees live in counties impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Even if you weren’t directly impacted by the storm, living through a major crisis or even watching it on television, produces many different types of feelings.

You may feel anxiety, depression, confusion and tension. You may find it hard to function, or have trouble making decisions. You may want to talk to somebody to decide “where do I start?”

The United Way of Houston has created an excellent guide, “After the Storm.”  Download a copy and share it with friends and family.  While developed for the Houston area, it also includes checklists as a starting place.

https://www.unitedwayhouston.org/assets/uploads/documents/news-publications/Greater-Houston-after-the-storm-2017.pdf

Wherever you are in Texas, you can dial 211 and reach the United Way Helpline.  This line an answered 24/7 and an agent can direct you to local resources.

(Remember, in the case of an emergency, always dial 911)

Repairing a Storm Damaged Home

When you are planning a renovation, time is on your side. You can carefully select and vet contractors.  When a natural disaster occurs, immediate repairs are sometimes unavoidable.  Stress from the storm may make it difficult for you to make decisions clearly. Six months from now, you don’t want to be thinking “Why, oh why did I hire that guy?”

  • File a damage report with FEMA- FEMA Assistance
  • Contact your homeowners insurance or renters insurance company to check on your coverage.

NOTE:  If you rent your home, your rights are protected, and your landlord is required to make repairs in a timely manner.  Visit Texas Attorney General Office – Tenant Rights for more information.

  • Assess the damage; document everything with pictures.
  • Flood waters may have included sewage or chemicals.  It’s important to remove wet items from the home to avoid mold and respiratory issues. If you are able, remove damaged sheetrock from your walls and remove carpeting.
  • Select a Contractor:
    • Select contractors that are licensed, insured and reputable. Many times after a disaster, contractors will travel from other states to work on homes. Make sure you know who you are dealing with by contacting their licensing agency to confirm they are legitimate.
    • Ask for insurance information. Certificates of Insurance for General Liability and Workers Compensation should be issued, upon your request, to ensure your home and family are protected from liability.
    • Do not provide payment to a contractor or service provider without a written, detailed proposal for the services they will be providing, including materials, a timeline for completing the repairs, and a payment schedule.

TIP! Rather than paying your contractor for the materials, make payment directly to the retail or wholesale outlet they use, over the phone or in person.  This will give you more security of your funds, and give you additional time to pay if cash is tight.

 

Source: http://texashomeandgarden.com/idea-center/remodeling/homeowners-beware-natural-disaster/