Rounding Up Our “Prepare for Fall” Posts at Bounce Energy
Well, it’s the first day of November, which means that – even here in Texas – we’re well into fall. Over the past few weeks, we’ve shared a host of tips at our main blog to help ensure that your home endures the fall weather in style. We hope you find these helpful and useful.
From there, we explored the different parts of your house that are most susceptible to heat loss in the fall and winter. By paying attention to your attic, furnace, HVAC system, and fireplace, you can improve the energy efficiency of your home and lower your electricity bills.
Moving to the exterior of the house, it’s also time to take care of some necessary yard work with these 11 chores. And for those of you privileged to have a pool in your backyard, it’s about time to close things down before winter.
Once you’ve got your house ready for fall and winter, we think it would be a good idea to enjoy a fun getaway with your family.
Hope you’re enjoying fall as much as we are!
Broom Collecting Fall Leaves image courtesy of Smabs Sputzer.
Happy Halloween from Bounce Energy!
Courtesy of the great folks at fastcompany, check out this fantastic series of maps chronicling all the places in the United States with especially “devilish” and “hellish” monikers.
We can personally attest to the chills and thrills you can experience while driving the twists and turns of the Devil’s Backbone in the Texas Hill Country.
8 Fun Halloween Activities for the Whole Family
With Halloween almost here, families may be in search of some fun, “G” and “PG” rated Halloween activities that are free from causing nightmares for your little ones. With that in mind, here are some fun family Halloween activities heavy on the fun, but light on the scary.
1) Decorate a Pumpkin. While carving pumpkins is a common activity in many households, decorating pumpkins doesn’t have to be just about carving. You can paint faces on them or use unconventional items like dried fruit or paper cut outs to make funny faces. Click here for a bunch of ideas and resources for decorating your pumpkin.
2) Visit the Local Zoo or Children’s Museum. Chances are your city’s zoo or children’s museum will have Halloween themed activities. For example, there is Zoo Boo in Houston or Boo at the Zoo in Philadelphia.
3) Watch a “Not-So-Scary” Halloween Movie. Pop some popcorn and huddle together to watch a kid-friendly Halloween movie like Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie [G], or all-time favorites like It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown [Not Rated] and The Goonies [PG]. Click here for more Halloween movie ideas.
4) Stop at a Pumpkin Patch. Many pumpkin patches offer additional activities like hayrides and pumpkin decorating besides simply picking out your pumpkin. So visiting a pumpkin patch can be a fun-filled day activity.
5) Decorate Trick-or-Treat Bags. Kids can spend time painting, coloring, using stickers, and more to decorate their trick-or-treat bags. It’s a fun way to get ready for the big night while being extra creative by creating a bag that’s exclusively yours.
6) Kids’ Halloween Activity Book. Keep kids entertained with a downloadable Halloween Activity Book filled with coloring pages, puzzles, games and more. Find an online version here so your family can start having fun.
7) Hide-and-Seek with Paper Pumpkins. Color and cut out as many pumpkins as you’d like on pieces of paper. Then have one person hide them and race to see how many pumpkins people can find in a given amount of time.
8) Make Halloween Cookies. People of all ages love to make and eat cookies. So, get in the spirit by using Halloween cut-outs like ghosts and pumpkins. Once they’re out of the oven, decorate them and then enjoy!
Pirate Family for Halloween image courtesy of lorenkerns.
Decorated Pumpkins image courtesy of drumminhands.
Small Girl in Pumpkin Patch image courtesy of Philms.
Pumpkin Halloween Cookies image courtesy of OakleyOriginals.
We love junk-art, because we love recycling…
So when we came upon Gabriel Dishaw, knew that we needed to share his art with all of you.
Dishaw is a self-proclaimed, “Junk Artist” and sculpture from the US.
He creates amazing upcycled art pieces from old and recycled typewriters, computers, keyboards, and other discarded metal parts.
The artist aims to create a dialogue about finding creative ways to deal with discarded tech in an environmentally sound way.
I’m always fascinated by folks who can make cool art pieces out of the most innocuous pieces of junk - especially when they make busts of Star Wars characters.
In case you hadn’t heard, a brand new Big Tex has made his first appearance at the State Fair of Texas, only one year after his predecessor tragically burned down. Count us as being really excited for the return of this Texas landmark.
You don’t need to have a lot of money to be a great decorator.
Attention DIY aficionados. This is a fantastic list of 31 ideas for sprucing up your surroundings with some imagination and elbow grease. Personally, I’m not very crafty, but even I think I could manage the following:
#5: Use a hollowed-out book (or pretty binder/photo album) to hide your router.
#10: Paint the frames of your door for a pop of color.
#15: Use ribbon to pretty-up the fan circulating air in your rooms.
If I was a bit more capable, I’d attempt the following:
#11: Paint the sides of a dresser drawer for some color.
#16: Coat the inside of a lampshade with some glitter to create a cool effect.
22: Tweak an IKEA bookshelf to make a floating shelf that takes up dead space.
25: Paint ugly/stained vinyl or laminate floors to spruce up a room.
Which ideas do you like?
Bounce Energy joins with our fellow Americans to honor the memory of the brave men and women who lost their lives on 09/11/2001. We will never forget.
These photos not only warm our heart, but they serve to help us remember that Americans know how to come together in solidarity and unity in times of need.
Six Great Tailgating Tips for the 2013 Football Season
Football season is here, and whether you are a fan of a pro team, a college team, or both, there is no better way to get ready for the games than with some quality tailgating. A truly great tailgate is about good food, drinks, and creating your own festive atmosphere for enjoying a football game. Thankfully, throwing a fun tailgate for your family and friends doesn’t have to mean a lot of work. In fact, really inventive tailgating always involves unique ideas. Here are six tailgating tips to make your tailgate more efficient and fun so that your guests will have a party to remember.
Also known as bean bag toss, cornhole is a popular backyard game that has made its way into tailgating. These days, you can find cornhole boards and bags in team colors. By creatively coming up with some new “rules” for the game, you can add some more fun and intrigue to the competition.
- Try blindfolded cornhole.
- See who can set a cornhole distance record.
- If players are right-handed, have them toss as a lefty and vice-versa.
Recapping the Recent Bounce Energy MyAccount Upgrades
Not only are we big believers in the power of technology here at Bounce Energy, we also want to interact with our customers where they live. And with the growing prevalence of tablets and smartphones as people’s primary way of accessing information on the Internet, we knew it was time to make some big MyAccount upgrades. We know that you want to view your electricity account information on your terms, and after making that happen, we’ve spent the past couple of weeks sharing those improvements with you in detail over at our primary blog.
We began with a general overview of how the account management functionality has been enhanced. We showed you how to view your basic plan and account information, check your order details, transfer your service, report an outage, review your account documents, examine your usage history, pay your bills, understand your past bills, and sign up for Auto Pay.
What to Expect for Labor Day Weekend:
FYI - It looks like the entire country will experience above-average temperatures in some form or fashion over the 3-day Labor Day weekend. So, be sure to stay hydrated and use sunscreen while enjoying your time with family and friends!
7 Fun Ideas for an Unconventional Labor Day Party
Hamburgers, steaks, hot dogs, and red-white-and-blue decorations — these are all traditional parts of your typical Labor Day party. And while tradition can be great, sometimes you’re in the mood to try something new. A little creative thinking can go a long way towards coming up with new ideas for a party that will surprise and delight your family and friends. Here are seven fun ideas to help you jump-start your imagination as you design an unconventional Labor Day party.
Say goodbye to the summer by serving classic beach drinks, such as pina coladas, mai tais, and bananas daiquiri. These will be tasty and refreshing, even if you party is hundreds of miles from the nearest coastline and the weather has become a bit brisk. Add a whimsical retro touch to the drinks with colorful little paper umbrellas. You can get them at a party goods store or find them online. We also recommend that you make both alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions of the drinks so that everyone can join in on the fun. Finally, create a beach-friendly playlist with music from the Beach Boys and other breezy, beachy, poppy tunes.
Sweat a Bit