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#TexasCool: How to Stay and Be Cool in the Lone Star State

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Top tips and cold hard cash, that’s #TexasCool.

The rest of the world is discovering what Lone Star State residents already know: Texas is cool! Well, maybe not during the scorching hot summer months, at least not without cranking up the A/C. That’s why we’re making it easier, giving out $300 Visa Gift Cards to 10 lucky Texans every week from July 12 to September 13, 2019, to put towards paying summer electricity bills.

I want to win $300!

Great! Head to our Twitter (@chooseenergy), Instagram (@choosetexascool), or Facebook page (@ChooseEnergy) and share, retweet, or comment on any of our #TexasCool posts. More interactions equal more entries!

But wait…

#TexasCool is more than just giveaways. History, geography, resources, and more combine to lure more than half a million outsiders to become Texans every year. So we’re using #TexasCool to celebrate the state’s coolness, with daily Top 5s about ways to keep cool – for you, your family, your car, your pets – and ways to stay cool – the hip places, beverages, foods, and so on that make the state special to so many.

Go to today’s Top 5 now!

By participating in #TexasCool and/or accepting awards, entrants agree to the official rules.

Official rules

Submission criteria
Simply share, retweet, or comment on our #TexasCool posts on our Twitter (@chooseenergy), Instagram (@choosetexascool), or Facebook page (@ChooseEnergy).

Entrant Eligibility

  • All entrants must be 18 or older and residents of Texas.
  • All entries must be 140 characters or fewer in English.
  • Entries must be submitted via any of the following ways: a share, retweet, or comment on our #TexasCool posts on our Twitter (@chooseenergy), Instagram (@choosetexascool), or Facebook page (@ChooseEnergy).

Description of Awards

Each week through September 13, 2019, one (1) contestant (the “Winning Recipient”) will receive a one-time $300 award designed to go toward the “Winning Recipient’s” summer electricity costs. Awards will be provided in the form of Visa Rewards Cards  by Choose Energy, Inc. (the “Company”), within 30 days of notification, directly via mail to an address designated by the recipient.

This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered, or associated with Visa, Facebook Inc. (“Facebook”), Google Inc. (“Google”), Twitter, Inc. (“Twitter”), or any other platform.  Any such Promotion is subject to all terms of conditions for promotions operated on such platforms.

Selection and Announcements
Each Friday between July 12 and September 13, 2019, the Winning Recipient will be selected by the contest judges following review of all entries received. The winning recipient will be selected randomly from the collection of all entries. The Winning Recipient will be announced on Choose Energy’s social media platforms each Friday through September 13, 2019.

If the winning recipient is disqualified or fails to contact Company within 72 hours of being notified of the result, Company reserves the right to determine an alternate recipient, in its sole discretion.

Responsibilities of Applicants/Recipients
By participating in this program, each applicant expressly: (A) releases the Company and its employees and agents from any liability or claim of any kind or nature for any loss, claim, damages, or injury of any kind associated with participation in the program and acceptance, possession or use of any prize; (B) accepts and agrees to be bound by these rules and Company’s decisions relating to participation in the program, selection of recipient, and awarding of prizes, all such decisions being final; and (C) agrees that South Carolina law governs this program without regard to conflicts of law principles, and consents to the jurisdiction and venue of the federal, state, and local courts of Lancaster County, South Carolina, for the resolution of all disputes pertaining to or arising from this program. The Winning Recipient must complete an affidavit of eligibility and release on forms to be provided by the Company. Recipients must be Texas residents. It is the recipients’ responsibility to verify receipt of funds and notify the Company should the reward cards not arrive on or about 30 days from the issue date. By entering, each applicant represents that his/her submission is a work of the applicant’s own original authorship, and agrees that the Company will have a perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive, worldwide right and license to use the submission in any manner. The Company reserves the right to disqualify any entry for any reason, including without limitation: materials not suitable for general public viewing; obscene, lewd or offensive materials; the use of third party content or other materials not authored by the applicant; and materials previously published or entered into any other competition. The Company is not responsible for lost, late, damaged or illegible submissions, faulty transmissions, or submissions containing any virus or other system malfunction. Judges’ decisions are final. Any taxes are the recipients’ responsibility.


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Our Top 5 lists:


Top 5 #TexasCool Top 5s (in our opinion)

We started #TexasCool in July for two reasons. First, we think Texas is a pretty cool place, and we wanted to unveil some of the coolest parts to newcomers to the state and remind oldtimers of stuff they may have taken for granted. Second, we wanted to offer advice on how to stay cool in a summer that hit dangerously high temperatures in August. We hope we provided fun and information along the way with our daily Top 5 lists. Here are our favorites!

Top 5 Coolest things about the Texas state fair

The State Fair of Texas is legendary among state residents and visitors alike. Kids get school off, millions flock to the grounds at Fair Park, and for 24 days this Texas tradition becomes the talk of the town. Before you join the crowd, get ready to wow your friends and family with your knowledge of these top 5 coolest of fair factoids.

Top 5 campgrounds in Texas

Autumn…a time for flannel shirts, pumpkin spices, and outdoor camping. From national parks to sweeping coastlines, there’s no shortage of campgrounds in the Lone Star State. So, grab your marshmallows, learn a campfire song on the guitar, and check out our top 5 campgrounds in Texas.

Top 5 best Texas tailgate foods

So much to choose from! We left a lot of great tailgate fare off this list, but we had to be picky in selecting the Top 5 best Texas tailgate foods. With all that Texas has to offer we wouldn’t want you to look silly showing up to the game with plain old buffalo chicken dip! (Just kidding, we love buffalo chicken dip and it is a perfectly admirable tailgate food choice. Don’t come for us.)

Top 5 backyard activities to keep cool

Summer is the perfect time of year to enjoy the great outdoors, but with temperatures ticking towards the triple digits it can be hard to leave our air-conditioned safe havens. With that said, it’s time to get creative and try out the top 5 backyard activities that’ll help keep you cool.

Top 5 party schools in Texas

Being a party school is a mixed blessing for most colleges, even in Texas. Colleges want to be know for learning, not binging. But students have a different idea. We did the research, resisted the partying, and came up with the following schools for the best parties.

Top 5 places to watch Texas high school football

High school football in Texas is nothing like the variety found in most of the rest of the country. For one thing, there is the passion. For another, though, there are the stadiums. There are more than 1,300 high school football stadiums in the state with a combined seating capacity of more than 4.1 million. So we undertook a mission to identify the five best places to watch the action.

Top 5 fastest-growing cities in Texas

Everything’s bigger and Texas…and that remains true! A recent report from the U.S. Census Bureau revealed that Texas leads the country in fastest-growing cities. Of the top fifteen U.S. cities with the largest numeric increase in population from 2017-2018, five belong to the Lone Star State. Which city leads the state in growth? Here’s what our researchers found.

Top 5 hottest wings in Texas

Texas is about to get even hotter! We’re kicking the heat up another notch by searching for the 5 hottest wings available in the Lone Star State. Here’s what we found.

Top 5 concert venues in Texas

From country music to heavy metal to R&B, Texas is known worldwide for its diverse and exciting music scene. There’s no shortage of concert venues in the Lone Star State – you really could throw a stick and hit one – so our readers and researchers did their best to narrow them down to 5. Here’s what we found.

Top 5 things Texas college students often forget

With summer winding down and another school year gearing up, Texas college students are flocking back to campus. For new college students, packing for college can be difficult, especially when moving into a dorm room. It’s easy to overlook some crucial items, but we’ve got your back. Check out our list of the top 5 (important) items that new college students often forget:

Top 5 farmers markets in Texas

There’s no shortage of farmers markets in Texas to keep your fridge stocked to the max with the best produce. But if you’re passing through or live nearby, be sure to stop by these top-of-the-line destinations for the freshest farm products around.

Top 5 Fortune 500 companies in Texas

Business is booming in the Lone Star State! Fortune recently released its Fortune 500 rankings for 2018, revealing five Texas-based companies in the top 25. Fortune ranks companies based on total revenue. Here’s what the rankings show.

Top 5 things new college students don’t want parents to know

Ah, college. Also known as the time when most parents don’t have a clue what their child is really up to. Track their phones all you want, they’ve already learned all the tricks to evade your snooping skills. But what is it college students are so desperate to hide from their parents? Other than, you know, everything.

Top 5 places to get nachos in Texas

Nachos make the quintessential Texas snack, but that doesn’t mean everyone agrees on what should go on them. Some keep it simple, others put almost anything on a tortilla chip bed. Readers joined our experts, in an extremely close vote, to identify these as the best.

Top 5 ice cream shops in Texas

I scream, you scream…we all scream because it’s hot outside. Beat that Texas heat with ice cream in every form and flavor. It wasn’t easy to limit ourselves to five ice cream shops in Texas, but we gave it our best shot. Here’s what we found.

Top 5 things Texas parents should buy for new college students

Congrats! You raised a child who was officially admitted to an accredited institution of higher education. But the parenting doesn’t stop there. Oh no, you have four (or possibly five or so) glorious years of vaguely concerning phone calls, panicked texts, and surprise holiday guests ) ahead of you. You might not be prepared, but you can make sure they are, with these top 5 things they will actually result in heartfelt thank yous. We know, uncharted territory.

Top 5 weird but kind-of-cool laws in Texas

It comes as no surprise to most of us that there are some weird laws on the books in Texas. Or maybe they’re not actually on the books but more of an urban legend: Take the supposed law in Port Arthur that declares it illegal to “emit obnoxious odors while in an elevator.” We can’t say these are real, but they’re oft-repeated, weird, and cool.

Top 5 hiking spots in Texas

There are so many spots in the Lone Star State to break out the hiking boots, it’s nearly impossible to choose. It’s OK, though, because we’ve generously decided to take the bullet for you and do the impossible. May the Texas hiking gods not strike us down for attempting to rank their plentiful natural splendors.

Top 5 coolest breweries in Texas

The summer may be winding down, but the temperatures keep climbing. One way to stay #TexasCool is by checking out one of Texas’ many local breweries. We asked readers and beer experts to identify the best options. See what our researchers found.

Top 5 things to do in Dallas

With all its sports, museums, and landmarks, it’s no wonder that #TexasCool-ers have made Dallas one of the largest cities in Texas. There’s something for everyone here, so our researchers had their work cut out for them as they prepared this top five list. See what we chose.

Top 5 coolest Texas authors

Texas may not be as famous for its literary prowess as it is for its barbecue and Stetson hats, but there are still a handful of noteworthy Lone Star State authors out there. By the way, we’re putting Larry McMurtry (author of The Last Picture Show, Terms of Endearment, Lonesome Dove (and a bunch of others) in his own category (see below). Otherwise, from newspaper columnists to hardcore novelists, see who tops our list.

Top 5 facts if Texas were its own country

It has happened before. Texas was its own country from 1836 until 1845, when it joined the United States. (It was part of the Confederacy during the Civil War.) But let’s talk about the here and now. Here are the five most impressive facts if Texas became an independent country.

Top 5 sustainable practices in Texas

When most people think of Texas, the first thing that comes to mind is the old Texas oil stereotype. And, yes, there’s a reason for that. But did you know that the Lone Star State produces the most green energy of any state? The fact is, Texas can take pride in a number of sustainable practices.

Top 5 movies about Texas

Texas is big, of course, and it’s no shocker that it’s big in movies. We put the question – What’s the best movie about Texas? – to readers and experts, and the candidates for best picture are all over the place. Spoiler alert: Because of all the great Texas movies, there’s no Bonnie & Clyde, no North Dallas Forty, no Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Here are the movies that made the cut.

Top 5 cool things created in Texas

Think Texans aren’t creative? Think again! The Lone Star State is the birthplace of many an American staple. We can’t wait to see what they dream up next. But in the meantime, here are the cool things that rank at the top of the list for Texan ingenuity.

Top 5 historical sites to visit in Texas

The Lone Star State has a storied history all its own, including cave drawings, independence wars, and of course cowboys. Everyone’s heard of the Alamo, but there’s whole lot more out there to explore. Leave the history books at home and get ready for the top 5 historical sites for Texas natives and visitors alike.

Top 5 things to do in Corpus Christi

Yes, big things are popular in Texas. But while Corpus Christi isn’t big size-wise, it’s big in interesting things to do. So much so that our researchers decided to look beyond Padre Island National Seashore for other great attractions. Here’s what we found.

Top 5 golf courses you can play in Texas

We asked #TexasCool readers and a panel of golf experts to come up with a consensus on the best Texas golf courses, then narrowing the field, as golf publications often do, to the best golf courses you can play. Here’s what our experts said.

Top 5 things to do in Houston

Veteran #TexasCool-ers know that Houston is big, really big. It’s the largest city in Texas, the fourth largest in the U.S. and sixth-largest in North America. Not surprisingly, there’s plenty to do in Houston, so our researchers took on the daunting task of narrowing it down to five activities – spoiler alert: we cheated).

Top 5 kitschy sites in Texas

Texas is huge, which means plenty of odd additions to the landscape – call them kitschy or appealing to popular tastes rather than “high-brow” sensibilities – have cropped up over the years. Some are classified as art, while others are just plain amusing. So without further ado, here’s the Top 5 of must-see kitschy sites across the state.

Top 5 lakes in Texas

While it has a dearth of natural lakes, Texas is full of manmade lakes catering to all sorts of interests – boating, fishing, camping, etc. So the next time anyone tells you to go jump in a lake, consider one of the following.

Top 5 road trips in Texas

Texas is five times the size of New York, so it’d be easy to spend months road tripping and still not see everything. We’re here to narrow it down. From “everything’s bigger in Texas”-esque journeys to trips for the foodies and ghosties (is that a thing?), here’s the top five must-drive routes for Texas travelers.

Top 5 beverages made in Texas

One way to keep #TexasCool is to enjoy a nice beverage – preferably one made in the state. We put it to readers and beverage experts to come up with a consensus on the best Texas beverages, breaking it down into best soft drink, wine, cider, beer, and liquor made in the state – in that order. Here are the results.

Top 5 water parks in Texas

The Texas Heat makes it hard to stay #TexasCool, that’s for sure. But that’s where a good water park can come in handy. Luckily, the state has some great ones. Here are what we judge as the five best.

Top 5 bike trails in Texas

Whether biking is your thing, or you just want it to become your thing, Texas offers a number of first-rate trails for veterans and beginners alike. From paved road courses for novices to tough mountain trails for experienced pedalers, there is a course for everyone. Here are some consensus top trails for all types of riders.

Top 5 roadside attractions in Texas

When it comes to the best roadside attractions in the U.S., don’t mess with Texas. Yes, the rest of the country might have giant milk bottles, peanuts, and oil drillers or gorillas holding cars, but the Lone Star State has them beat and then some. See how we’ve ranked the Top 5 roadside attractions in Texas.

Top 5 vacation spots in Texas

Texas stretches across mountains, plains, lakes, and coastline, which means there’s no shortage of places to spend the summer. Still deciding on your vacation plans? Here’s the Lone Star State’s top five spots for relaxation, from city to country and everything in between.

Top 5 musical artists from Texas

In addition to readers, we put the question of Top 5 Texas musical artists out to music experts, and the results were overwhelming. So much so that we decided to publish top 5s for living and dead artists. See if your favorites made the lists.

Top 5 hottest days ever in Texas

It’s no secret that Texas can get toasty. It’s arguably the hottest place in the country, and as populations grow it only continues to get hotter. But which days in Texas history really take the cake on the mercury scale?

Top 5 roads to avoid in Texas

OK, this Top 5 is aimed at newcomers to the state, as veteran #TexasCool-ers know by now how to stay away from the trouble spots. We did a deep dive with the experts to find the worst highways in the state, looking at congestion, commuter-unfriendliness, and danger.

Top 5 tips to keep your kitchen #TexasCool

Your kitchen doesn’t have to be a heat trap during the sweltering heat of summer. Prep ahead, take it outside, or use those handy appliances sitting in the corner to maximize efficiency and minimize time spent slaving over the stove. Here are the top 5 tips to keep your kitchen #TexasCool.

Top 5 tips to keep your car cool

Even #TexasCool loses steam when it comes getting in your sun-baked car at the end of the day. Or should we say it gains steam? But we can suggest a few things that might take the edge off.

Top 5 beaches in Texas

When it comes to beaches, some want raucous parties, some want solitude, some want to be in the middle of “stuff,” while others want solitude. We put our first weekly #TexasCool question out to readers and beach “experts” – there’s a job worth having – and arrived at these as Texas’ best. Come on, take a swim.

Top 5 tips to stay cool this summer

When the temperature is 97 degrees, as it was in Houston yesterday afternoon, staying cool is a real challenge. But here at #TexasCool, we like challenges.

Top 5 sizzling hot jobs in Texas this summer

Do you have a hot job or want a hot (read: cool) job? Either way, we’ve got you covered with today’s Top 5. Check out the hottest jobs in Texas.

Top 5 ways to keep your pets #TexasCool

The heat has arrived and with it some extra dangers for furry friends. Make sure you’re prepared to keep your fast and furry-us friends comfortable. Read how you can be the coolest pet owner around.

Top 5 things you didn’t know about Texas

From homonym-filled lakes to honored dinosaurs, Texas is far more than meets the eye. Sail into the next Texas trivia round with fresh milk from your cow (never someone else’s) and a pitcher of frozen margaritas and get ready to dominate. Better bring some hunting gear lest Big Foot shows up. See what you might not know about Texas.