Reliant Summer Tips Make the Home a Playground of Energy Savings
-Kid-friendly Activities Invite Families to Cut Back on Usage, Not on Fun-
HOUSTON -- June 26, 2014
For kids, a hot summer points to the swimming pool. For parents, it may point
to high energy bills. Air conditioning, appliances, electronics and summer
activities can require a lot of energy, but cutting back doesn’t mean cutting
out the fun. Reliant has a few simple suggestions to save energy and encourage
Turn your day into an energy-saving game:
*Go on a treasure hunt to find lights and appliances left on.
*Create a secret password to avoid unnecessarily opening refrigerator and
*Make a puzzle out of arranging dishes efficiently in the dishwasher to
save water and energy by running the dishwasher less frequently.
*Set a budget for the electric bill and challenge your kids to help
conserve energy. If more energy is conserved than budgeted, split the
savings with the kids.
Give your family’s routine a summer makeover:
*Keep a calendar that recognizes kids who chose outdoor activities over the
TV or video game console.
*Invite kids to create cold meals with you to avoid using the oven.
*Challenge everyone to complete tasks by daylight instead of using electric
Use kids’ energy to save energy:
*Grab a shovel and plant a tree together to help shade some of the house on
hot summer days.
*Hang clothes outside instead of using the dryer. The same clothesline can
create a tent.
“Hot summer weather can become a teachable moment in energy conservation with
a little bit of creativity,” said Bill Clayton, vice president of customer
care operations at Reliant. “At Reliant we love helping our customers save
over the summer and enjoy more treasured moments with their families in the
Beyond kid-friendly suggestions, Reliant has additional information about
making homes more energy efficient, expert help to identify problems and
electricity plans that can save families money. Find more tips at
dogdays.myreliant.com and energy plans at www.reliant.com.
Reliant provides electricity, smart energy solutions, and energy services to
business and residential customers across Texas. Reliant is part of NRG (NYSE:
NRG), a Fortune 500 company that is at the forefront of changing how people
think about, buy and use energy. Backed by a diverse portfolio of about 100
power generating facilities that can support over 46 million homes nationwide,
NRG’s retail businesses, including Reliant, collectively comprise Texas’
largest retail energy provider and serve almost 3 million customers in 10
states and the District of Columbia. For more information about Reliant
products and services, please visit www.reliant.com. Connect with Reliant on
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Veronica Adamcik, 713-537-5281
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