Step #1:  INCREASE YOUR ENERGY EFFICIENCY, RESILIENCY AND SUSTAINABILITY WITH PROVEN MONEY SAVING ENERGY MANAGEMENT AND CONSERVATION TECHNOLOGY!

Before you begin to “size” a solar system for your existing home, Texas Solar Power Company recommends that you implement several energy management and conservation techniques in order to reduce your overall need for energy:

  • Change all incandescent and halogen light sources to compact fluorescent lighting (CFLs).  Local Retailers are a great source for these indoor or outdoor lamps and fixtures. Most compact fluorescent lamps will fit into existing lamp sockets. This will result in double savings – fewer watts used to light a space AND less A/C used to cool down the air around those little heat lamps!
     
  • Wherever possible, add additional insulation to your attic walls and floors. Use pipe insulation on heated water pipes. Insulate your hot water heater.
     
  • Add shading devices and/or solar screens to your east, south, and west-facing windows. However, during winter months, you may want to take off the south-facing screens in order to gain solar heat.
     
  • If you have old appliances, consider upgrading. Today’s appliances are much more energy efficient than those made as few as 5 years ago. We highly recommend that you purchase only Energy Star rated appliances and air conditioning equipment.
     
  • Use natural gas or propane appliances where possible for cooking, central heating, water heating, and for your clothes dryer. Better yet, dry your clothes via solar (clothesline)!