Lucky Texans Ring in the New Year with Free Electricity

Winners of TXU Energy Beat the Heat Sweepstakes claim prizes and donate to local hospital


The second annual TXU Energy Beat the Heat Sweepstakes yielded an unexpected result this year: one of the winners donated his prize of free electricity to Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.

Rick Wilson of Eddy, Texas, chose to turn his second-place winnings – three months of free electricity – into a check, which he donated to Texas’ top-ranked pediatric hospital.

“Mr. Wilson’s decision to donate his winnings is a living example of the spirit and season of giving, and we are privileged to honor his request,” said Michael Grasso, chief marketing officer for TXU Energy. “It’s always great to see how the winners benefit from these types of sweepstakes, and this was certainly a first.”

TXU Energy Beat the Heat Sweepstakes Grand Prize winner Carol Wright from Southlake took home up to 12 months of electricity. First place winner Donald Hicks from Mexia won up to six months of free electricity. Hicks says he plans to put the money saved on electricity bills toward replacing his heating and septic systems.

Twenty other prizes were awarded to sweepstakes participants, including Houston Zoo memberships; tickets to a Dallas Mavericks or Dallas Stars game; and $100 in credits to the Brighten® Online Energy Store, an energy savings solution from TXU Energy.

Contestants were encouraged to enter the sweepstakes electronically, by opting into paperless billing, utilizing online self-service tools like TXU Energy MyAccount, and updating communication preferences, such as electronic alerts and notifications, in the Online Preference Center.

“We’re proud to create inventive ways for our customers to engage with their preferred electricity provider,” Grasso said. “This sweepstakes is just one of the fun ways we give back to our customers and also encourage responsible energy consumption and savings opportunities."

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