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)!