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 LEDs. Local Retailers are a great source for these indoor or outdoor lamps and fixtures. Most LEDs 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 heat pumps, central heating, solar water heating, and for your clothes dryer, dry your clothes via solar (clothesline). Once you use your phone to access your solar system’s web-based dashboard and monitor how much a clothes dryer uses you may find it more cost effective for small loads.
- Many people are using their EV's as a solar backup system, and dedicated energy storage is also coming down in price to be more cost effective and a good investment. TSXPC has installed many EV charging stations so contact us to see if this would good of a solution for you.