TXU Energy Offers Cool Ways to Beat the Heat This Summer in Houston

Stay cool. Stay safe. And save money. That’s what TXU Energy is sharing

with people across Houston tomorrow as the company joins Interfaith

Ministries for Greater Houston for TXU Energy’s 14th annual

“Beat the Heat” program this summer. With the warmest days of the year

upon us, the company and the social services agency are working together

today to educate local-area seniors and others who are confined to their

homes about ways to prevent heat-related emergencies and manage their

energy consumption through the local Meals on Wheels program, which

serves more than 4,500 people across Greater Houston.

“At the heart of it, our Beat the Heat program is about safety and

awareness,” said Kelli Rod, vice president of community affairs, TXU

Energy. “Last summer was one of the hottest on record in Texas, and this

summer’s predictions point to warmer-than-usual temperatures. So we’re

joining Interfaith Ministries to advise people of the potential health

and financial risks that can accompany our hot summer weather—and what

they can do to keep themselves safe from the physical and financial

strain that can come with it.”

Some of the recommended heat safety tips include:

Recommended energy-saving tips include:

Research shows the elderly and young children are most likely to be

affected by the heat. This summer, TXU Energy is partnering with

community organizations in Houston and Dallas to promote heat safety. In

addition, the company will distribute heat safety information to

approximately 15,000 Texans.

In addition to promoting heat safety and conservation, TXU Energy

continues to provide financial support for families who experience

unexpected financial hardship with their electricity bills. To date, the TXU

Energy AidSM program has given more than $72 million to

help more than 415,000 valued customers cover their electricity bills.

The company contributes $5 for every $1 its employees and customers

contribute to the program, and selected social service agencies

administer 100 percent of the funds to families in need across the

state. TXU Energy will contribute $5 million annually through 2012 to

the program.

About Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston

A United Way agency, Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston (IM)

brings people of diverse faith traditions together for dialogue,

collaboration and service. IM provides four main services including Meals

on Wheels for Greater Houston which delivers more than one million

meals each year to seniors in Harris county; Refugee Services which,

in conjunction with the U.S. State Department, resettles hundreds of

refugees in Houston each year; Office of Disaster Preparedness and

Response (ODPR) which facilitates communication on behalf of

Houston’s faith communities during relief and recovery efforts and; Interfaith

Relations which provides a safe harbor for greater Houston through

its many interfaith programs and dialogue efforts. More information can

be found at www.imgh.org.

About Meals on Wheels for Greater Houston

Interfaith Ministries’ Meals on Wheels for Greater Houston

program provides a home delivered meal to home-bound seniors over 60.

The program also delivers breakfast and weekend meals to the most frail

and isolated seniors. The nutritional support helps seniors stay

independent and in their own homes. Each meal includes an entree, two

1/2-cup servings of fruit or vegetables, bread, milk and whole fruit or

dessert. This service is available to homebound individuals 60 years old

and older and spouses of current service recipients. There is no fee for

this service. Sign up by contacting us at 713-533-4978.

About TXU Energy

TXU Energy is a market-leading competitive retail electricity provider,

powering the lives of more Texans than any other retailer. TXU Energy

offers a variety of innovative products and solutions, allowing both its

residential and business customers to choose options that best meet

their needs, including exceptional customer service, competitively

priced electricity service plans, innovative energy efficiency options,

renewable energy programs and other electricity-related products and

services. Visit txu.com for more information about TXU Energy. REP