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We’re excited to announce the second winner of a complete AC system from Reliant! As you may recall, for the second year in a row, our sponsor has given away two AC systems to Houston area residents to help them beat the heat—and there has been plenty of heat to beat this year.

The winner of Phase II of Reliant’s AC Giveaway, Cassie and her family. (Photo courtesy of Reliant)

The winner of this year’s second AC System is Cassie, who lives in Friendswood. She has four children, some of whom are participating in virtual learning this fall due to COVID-19. She found out about the contest through our site’s Facebook page and decided to enter to keep her family comfortable while working and schooling from home safely. The family’s previous AC unit was in decent condition, but leaked water, wasn’t placed to code, and didn’t cool the house efficiently. So the installation of the new unit will make a world of difference for Cassie and her family. After learning that she had won the contest, here’s what Cassie had to say:

We are so grateful for Eric Berger and his weather team. They are our number one source of information! Winning this sweepstakes is such a bright spot after a truly very difficult summer. Thank you, thank you to Space City Weather and Reliant!

Likewise, we are thankful for our readers, as well as Reliant, who has been a great, long-time sponsor of our site. They keep the lights on for us, figuratively and literally.

In addition to providing electricity, Reliant alos offers AC and heating services, generators, indoor air quality checks, and thermostats through their home services division, plus special offers for Reliant customers. Check out this link for more information.

Before, and after. (Reliant)

This will wrap up the AC giveaways for 2020, but we’ve got some big things planned for Space City Weather and Reliant in the coming year, so be on the lookout for announcements soon. Thanks to everyone who participated!

We’re thrilled to announce that lifelong-Houstonian James Young has won a free AC System from Reliant. As you may recall, this is the second year of this promotion that Reliant has offered to readers of Space City Weather. James’ previous system was 20 years old, and let’s let him take it from here:

“A few weeks ago, my neighbor was searching for a new electricity provider. He asked me if I was pleased with my Reliant plan and I said, ‘Yes, I couldn’t be happier!’ Well, I was wrong! When I heard I was the winner of Reliant’s 2020 Summer AC Sweepstakes, I was happy beyond belief! I had a Ruud system that was over 20 years old.  Knowing that it was replaced with a new, Ruud high-efficient unit brings me great peace of mind. I send my sincerest thanks to Space City Weather, Ruud for their great products and Reliant for their great installation, reliable power and fantastic customer service. I’m looking forward to having the ‘coolest’ summer that I’ve had in a long time!”

James is the winner of Phase I of this sweepstakes. If you’ve already entered to win, you’re set for Phase II, which ends on September 15. But if you haven’t entered yet, there’s still time to do so by visiting here. Full contest rules are also available at the link.

AC giveaway from Reliant returns!

Posted by Eric Berger at 10:00 AM

Summer is coming—which means months and months of heat and humidity for our fair city. So this is a great time to announce that we’re bringing back an extremely popular promotion from last year. In 2019 Reliant gave away two complete AC systems entirely FREE. And we’re thrilled to announce that they’re doing it again! As a Space City Weather reader, you’re the first to know.

If you do not need to read any more, drop everything and click here to enter.

We’re really pleased to offer this promotion to readers again this year. It speaks to Reliant’s commitment to our vision of keeping the greater Houston area informed about weather in a reliable and sensible way. There is really no catch, and these systems are the whole enchilada. The two air conditioner systems are worth up to $11,000 each. (But really, can you put a price on cool air in August?)


Here are the details of this year’s contest, which will take place over two phases from now through September:

  • Phase I winner chosen from May 12-July 15 entries
  • Phase II winner chosen from July 16-September 15 entries
  • One winner will be chosen, randomly, at the end of each phase
  • Once you enter, you’re entered for both phases of the contest
  • Winners must be 18, and own a home in the greater Houston metro area
  • Your AC system must be eight years or older

If you’re not eligible for the contest and know someone who could really benefit from a free, new AC system heading into the hottest time of the year, please share the contest link with them.

Complete details and the entry form are available at the contest page. Good luck to everyone and thanks to Reliant for helping us stay cool!

Note: This is a sponsored post written and published in conjunction with our relationship with Reliant.

This holiday season there’s a new lighting attraction in Houston, and it has a space theme. With a background in astronomy and a professional interest in aerospace, I was intrigued to check it out. For the first time, Space Center Houston has debuted an indoor and outdoor light show to celebrate both space exploration and the holiday season. It’s called Galaxy Lights, presented by Reliant.

I had a chance to visit the display earlier this month, which is running from 6pm to 10pm daily through January 5, and I enjoyed the experience. There are three main elements absolutely worth checking out during your visit. The first comes inside the space center’s main hall, where a high-tech kinetic light show dances overhead, with dozens of lights moving in choreographed sequences. This was pretty cool, and something I’d never seen before.

A view of the kinetic light show at Space Center Houston.

From there, it was off to the trams, to ride through a tunnel of lights underneath Saturn Lane—all told there are 250,000 lights along the way—to reach the large building where the titanic Saturn V rocket is housed. This large building is bedecked with lights. Once at Rocket Park, you walk through an outdoor display of lighted structures, including a 35-foot tall shooting star, shimmering planets, and more space-related light displays.

From Rocket Park, one can enter the building itself, to see the Saturn V booster lit up with some impressive 3D projection mapping. A short video story about “Commander Quest” is projected onto the rocket. There was more to see back in the museum, too, including the original film “Holidays in Space,” which includes footage of astronauts celebrating the holidays in space.

For families and adults, Galaxy Lights is a welcome new addition to the region’s holiday lighting scene. A full tour takes about two hours. The public price is $19.95 for admission, but on Reliant Wednesdays now until Christmas you can bring a new, unwrapped toy for the KHOU Toy Drive benefiting The Salvation Army of Greater Houston and receive $5 off general admission to Galaxy Lights.