In conjunction with utility companies, the state should establish water and power usage goals for every household in Texas. The goals could be based on number of people per square foot. Since most cities are faced with water and power shortages, for the benefit of the environment, families could receive incentives to stay below their target utility usage. The more they are under, the more they get in incentives, which could be in the form of cash, gas credits, or tax credits.

Ansari is the co-founder and chairwoman of Prodea Systems, a consumer technology company based in Plano.

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