Solving Texas' Energy Problems


You could probably listen to this sound the next five minutes and not guess what it is.

Regardless of who you're shopping for this Christmas, there's a good chance you're probably going to buy something that needs electricity to work. And anyone who lived through Hurricane Ike remembers how unbearable life was without power. But one environmental group believes we can use less of it by using energy from the sun.

"The steps we take in the next few years could determine whether Texas is a lion or a mouse in the clean energy industry."

That's Rachel Goodyer who works for Environment Texas. They held a news conference explaining why they want to put pressure on the state to pass new energy laws. So back to that noise... (noise).

It's a small cooling fan. The kind you use in the house when its 90 degrees. But instead of being plugged into a socket, it's plugged into solar panels. The environmental group used it as an example of how machines and appliances can run off solar energy and save everyone money.

Houston city councilman Peter Brown joined the news conference and gave his support.

We need to have a vast new program of installing solar panels to generate power, electricity on our public buildings our city buildings schools county buildings.

Although Environment Texas is aiming at state lawmakers, Peter Brown believes the city of Houston can make changes as well .

"In some cities, like Austin, a homeowner, for example, can be reimbursed up to $12,500 for insulation, energy efficient appliances and solar panels. We don't have that here in Houston. We should have that."

He also believes you should be able to do this (small cooling fan noise)...without using up so much electricity.

Bill Stamps, KUHF Houston Public Radio News.
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