Easy Ways to Make a Difference, Chances to Win, Texas Rebate Guide, Surprising Air Leaks in Your Home

Resolve to Make a Difference

Make a Texas-Sized Difference
with Three Easy New Year's Resolutions

Junk Mail

Reduce Junk Mail

Resolve to save time, conserve energy, and preserve trees by opting out of junk mail! Households and businesses receive over 80 billion pieces of junk mail each year; most of this ends up in our landfills. 

You can easily opt out of offers of credit and insurance on the Consumer Credit Reporting Industry website. Visit the Direct Marketing Association's Mail Preference Service to stop receiving commercial mail from many national companies. Important: Both secured sites will ask for personal information, such as your address.

Incandescent Bulb

Adjust Your Lights

Lighting accounts for about 12 percent of the annual energy bill for a household. Luckily, there are several easy ways cut back, saving money and keeping our air clean in the process! 

  1. Turn off the lights. Because this is so simple, it's a great way for kids to learn to conserve energy. 
  2. Use timers and photocells that turn lights off when they're not in use. 
  3. As incandescent bulbs burn out, replace them with energy-saving CFLs and LEDs. These cost over 75 percent less to operate than incandescent bulbs.
Water Efficient Toilet

Replace Older Toilets

This resolution is a little more difficult and a bit more costly. However, it makes a big difference in water conservation. Toilets use the most water in the home. By replacing one older toilet with the most water-efficient type, you can save up to 13,000 gallons of water and over $100, each year. If just one in four families in Texas replaced one older toilet with a 1.28-gallon-per-flush toilet, it would save more than 28 billion gallons of water every year

Saving Money with Rebates

Guide to Rebates, Incentives, and Giveaways

Find out how to make it even easier to Take Care of Texas by checking out our HotWire for information on rebates, incentives, and giveaways. From free, high-efficiency toilets to rebates worth hundreds of dollarsyou can save money and conserve the environment. Find out how.

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2nd Annual Art Contes

Our 2016 Kids Art Contest is now open for entries! Fifteen lucky kids across Texas will win a Samsung tablet and one Grand Prize winner will receive a Samsung laptop. The teacher of the student who designs the overall best artwork will also be awarded a Samsung tablet. Also, we will showcase the winning designs on social media, on our website, in newsletters, in media announcements, and at the 2016 Environmental Trade Fair and Conference.

Need inspiration? 

Visit our website to see last year's winners, the Air Activity Poster, the Animated House, or the kids' pages.

The contest lasts from Jan. 4, 2016 to March 2, 2016. Find more information and view the complete contest rules on our website.

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Texas Trivia

To find the answer, visit our website. Then, submit your response by commenting on the contest post on our Facebook pageFor complete contest rules, click here.

HINT: You can find the answer inside of our animated house.

Contest ends Jan. 11, 2016, at 5 p.m.

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Warm House

Surprising Air Leaks 
in Your Home

Sealing air leaks in your home can cut down on your heating and cooling costs, in addition to making your indoor temperature more comfortable. Leave the cooler temperatures outside by weatherizing your home this winter.

Windows and Doors

During the winter months, it's common to feel a draft of cool air around your windows and doors. It is important to inspect these areas, as this can be a large source of air leaks in your home.

Hidden Air Leaks

While leaks around doors or windows are quite common, you may be surprised to learn that these aren’t the biggest air leaks in your home. Hidden leaks in your attic or basement can significantly raise your energy bill and leave your house feeling uncomfortable.

Visual Inspection

An easy way to identify hidden air leaks is by conducting a visual inspection of the interior and exterior of your home.

Get more detailed information on finding and sealing air leaks on our HotWire.

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Girl Scout Patch

Girl Scouts are 
Taking Care of Texas

Do you know a Girl Scout in Central Texas? 

Starting in January, Girl Scouts can earn a Take Care of Texas Patch.  We partnered with the Girl Scouts of Central Texas (GSCTX) to create this program, which encourages Scouts to do their part to conserve water and energy, keep our air and water clean, and reduce waste. Click here to learn about the patch requirements.

Earn a Patch at the Kickoff Event

We will host a kickoff event in Austin on Jan. 26, 2016, for GSCTX to earn the new patch and learn about the different ways the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality takes care of Texas. Scouts will have the chance to tour our Emergency Response Mobile Command Post, interview female environmental professionals, learn about water quality monitoring, and more! Further information on the event can be found on the Girl Scouts website

While this patch is only offered to GSCTX at this time, we are planning to expand statewide! E-mail educate@tceq.texas.gov if your council is interested. We also have a patch for Boy Scouts.

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Texas Parks and Wildlife Logo

Grant Opportunities Available

The Community Outdoor Outreach Program (CO-OP) grant, from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, provides $5,000 to $50,000 to tax-exempt organizations and local governments. The grants support programs that introduce under-served populations to outdoor recreation, conservation, and environmental education. 

Applications are due by Feb. 1, 2016. 

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