Summer weather is always hot in Dallas but this week has brought on consistent 100 degree temperatures and heat advisories. Weather like this can lead to more expensive energy bills and less cash to spend on summer activities. So, there was no better time and place than Thursday at the home of single mom Jo Trizila for TXU Energy to conduct a Home Energy Makeover. The day s goal was for TXU to help Jo conserve electricity and save some money. The makeover also spotlighted hidden energy efficiency risks that other inspections could miss. Some of the work done in today s makeover included attic insulation installation, sealing windows and doors, placing insulation in light switches and electric outlets and installing a programmable digital thermostat. Jerold Davis, of Tex Energy had previously conducted an audit on Jo s home to give her tips for improvement.
TXU invited various Mom Bloggers to attend a presentation about the energy improvements. Barbara Stanfield, a sales associate in Ebby s Little White House and an NAR Green Designee, was on hand to speak about why moving is the right time to consider energy efficiency. She recommended that home buyers be proactive before moving into a new home to find out about a home s energy efficiency and make sure there are no surprises. Barbara recommended talking to specialists to answer questions and ease the process. She also spoke about the value that this kind of work can provide for new homeowners.
The biggest hit with those in attendance was the TXU Energy MyEnergy DashboardSM, which allows you to see throughout the month how much energy you are using and what your bill will cost. There is also an application for your phone so you are able to control your thermostat no matter where you are. Lastly, TXU representative, Amanda Ray, showed off some great energy saving gadgets available through the TXU Brighten Online Energy Store. Even non-TXU customers can shop the store.
Thanks Barbara for your insights on what makes a green home smarter, healthier, and more energy and resource efficient, and to TXU for hosting this event and all of the bloggers that came out. Visit our Facebook page to see pictures from the event!