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<< Back to: Member News: ICLEI e-News | issue 8, June - July 2007

Houston ‘Power to People’ Launched

June 20, 2007

The Campaign is designed to educate Houstonians on options to reduce energy consumption and save money this summer.

“Hounstonians have the power to do something about the rising cost of energy,” said Mayor Bill White.  “Simply, by changing our practices we can save real dollars.  And if we all act, the benefits from smart energy consumption pay dividends for the city as a whole.”

The education campaign began with volunteers going door-to-door to homes in the Houston area handing out 10,000 compact fluorescent light bulbs in May.  Displays will be set up at retail outlets throughout the Houston area to provide information on steps Houstonians can immediately and inexpensively take to minimize energy consumption in their homes.  Residents will be encouraged to log on to the website at www.houstonpowertopeople.com for options to save money.

Houstonians are encouraged to take five simple steps to reduce energy.  Those steps include:  using compact fluorescent light bulbs; programming thermostats to reduce energy consumption; sealing leaks around windows and doors; unplugging smaller appliances when not in use; and shopping for the best prices from retail energy providers.

Energy efficiency programs offer one of the best ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  A large share of fossil fuel use is dedicated to providing the electricity that powers almost all aspect of daily lives.  Globally, 75 percent of all energy is consumed in cities.  For strategies to reduce energy use at the local government, community and individual level, please visit www.iclei.org/ccp.

Houston is one of 139 local governments in the U.S.A. that are currently Members of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. For more information on ICLEI and its activities in the U.S.A., please visit www.iclei.org/usa.

Source:  “Mayor Bill White joins Officials from Centerpoint and Wal Mart to Launch Campaign to Make Houston a More Energy Efficient City”, City of Houston news release, Office of the Mayor, 18 May 2007

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