10 Steps to a More Energy Efficient Home

Cooling and Heating is the Primary Energy Hog in a Home

Heating and cooling costs account for about 50-70% of the energy used in the average Texas home, the Energy Efficient Saver program from Electricity Bid and Pierce Energy is the easiest, most effective way to:

  1. Save money (up to 30% or more) on your Texas electric bill
  2. Improve the general well being and comfort level of your Texas home
  3. Raise the value of your house, and
  4. Gives you the opportunity to reduce the demand load in your city which can lower the rate for everyone.

Designed in accordance with U.S. Department of Energy recommendations, the Energy Efficient Saver program combines 10 proven energy saving solutions into a single program that can pay for itself through Texas power savings of up to 30% and sometimes more in annual heating and cooling costs. With the help of the federal and state government many of the costs in this program are paid for by the government.

10 Steps Performed with the Energy Efficiency Saver Program

  • Apples to Apples Electric Rate Comparison at Electricity Bid.com
  • Blower Door Setup and Calculations Performed on Air Leakage From Home
  • Assessment of Insulation Damage in Attic and Walls
  • Mastic Paint Used to Seal Leaks Coming From Air Conditioning Ducts Located in Attic.
  • Doors and Windows Retrofitted with Devices to Stop Air and Energy Leaks
  • Blow in Insulation and Radiant Barrier Installed in Attic
  • See Through Energy Efficient Storm Windows Installed on Existing Windows.
  • Feasibility Study for the Installation of Solar Panels
  • Power Saver Device Installed at Meter to reduce the loss of Electricity Through Energy Surges
  • Advice on How to Maintain Continued Energy Efficiency Best Practices for Your Home

If you would like to receive solar technology and renewable energy updates in Texas then we would like to recommend ESS Solar. This is a local solar panel and renewable energy company in Texas that works with several solar panel companies and solutions. They keep us updated with solar technology as it changes and would be happy to keep you updated as well. They of course hope you will eventually become a customer but they also work very well as an information resource by giving the occasional update on solar as changes take place in the market place.

ESS Solar Offers Easy Solar Panel Install Service in Texas

Building a free solar panel system to power your home

Solar Electricity is doable so long as you pick the right solar company and strategy

How many of us have checked into solar only to find that it is impossible to successfully do because of the enormous expense. Just the amount of solar panels and batteries you would need to power your refrigerator would be out of most peoples budget and the time it would take to recoup the investment would be quite awhile. You would be looking at spending around $20,000 for the energy you would need to power your refrigerator all year long. That is a big investment!

Because solar is this expensive most people immediately start looking elsewhere for a green energy approach that costs less. Wind turbines and vegetable oil generators are a couple ways of doing it for less. Before we steer clear of solar for good there has been a new more affordable way to retrofit your house with solar and it actually be an affordable solution. There is a solar panel manufacturer that will retrofit your house with solar panels they produce for only a $500 deposit. The way this manufacturer can get away with charging so little is that you have to pay the manufacturer for the solar energy it produces. The manufacturer tries to keep the electric rate you pay them similar to what you would pay your Retail Electric Provider. If the solar panel infrastructure they put on your house gets destroyed that will not be a problem. The company will maintain it for free. If something goes wrong, they fix it, at their expense.

This program is known as the Citizenre program.

There is a web presence for this online that will help you get started in the sign up process.

Solar can be free because their is a profit incentive to make it free

Solar has never been affordable but so many people think harnessing the suns energy is a great green way to go. It makes sense, because you have all of this heat from the sun going to waiste otherwise. It would be nice if solar was affordable so you could use this energy and do away with coal fired power plants and other pollution causing generation plants. In the past even if you were to invest in solar to try and save money you would end up losing your money then if you had of placed it in a money market account instead. So we have practically no one who really is all that interested in solar in order to save money on their energy bill. The Citizenre program however attempts to make this power source affordable to the masses.

Solar has many new inventions in the horizon. We have over 5 different companies who have a business model devoted to making a solar product that is affordable enough to have those who invest in it actually save money on their electricity. That would mean the cost involved in purchasing their solar kit is not cost prohibitive. Citizenre has a rental program where they will install the system for you and you basically rent it from them while paying them for the electricity. Also remember this company will fix for free any problem along the way. Film based solar cells at a super thin size will eventually make solar panels affordable for everyone. New solar panels built out of plastic will take up more space but will be about 10 times cheaper to build then conventional solar panels. A new mirror technology that harnesses more of the sun rays and beams them onto the solar panels will make solar more efficient. Solar appears to have a bright and less expensive future.

If this is not for you but you like the idea of being updated regarding the latest news and information about solar power in Texas than we would like to recommend the resource we use. This company obviously hopes you will eventually become their customer but in the meantime they are great at sending out relevant information on new solar panel technology as it hits the Texas market.

Also feel free to ask about their free solar panel site survey where they come out to your property to put together a quote on how much it will cost to install a solar system at your house. They may be able to give you a preliminary review and quote on the phone without needing to come to your home. The companies name is ESS Solar and they can be reached by clicking on the banner below.

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Residential Homes now using Electric Wind Turbines

Wind Turbines for Residential Homes

Several residential customers in Texas are now buying and using successfully wind turbines. They were able to spend around $15,000 for the wind turbine, batteries, and inverter and breaker box setup to power much of their homes electricity. This is a large investment but if the insulation in the home is done well it may be well worth it. If radiant barrier is added over the existing insulation as well as under the house, on the ceiling, the floor and in the attic you can create a virtual freezer. Your home would keep about 98% of the radiant heat while keeping in any air conditioning you may be using. For some areas in Texas the cost to install a wind turbine is in the upwards range of $30,000 because of the energy needed and the height to achieve the 7 – 10 mile an hour wind speeds needed. Anything below 7 miles an hour in wind speed is not enough to start producing electricity with a wind turbine.

Once you start getting into the $30,000 price range for wind turbines it is better to start considering solar instead. The ideal solar setup does not use deep cycle batteries which can be half the cost of the solar setup. A solar installer can set the panels up so there is a cogeneration type of setup with the Texas electric grid. The solar company in Texas that installs the panels on your home will work with your TDSP utility to set the cogeneration setup from your house to the poles and wires. The transformer on the electric lines works as a battery so you do not have to buy the deep cycle batteries yourself. If you think about you pay TDSP charges every month to the TDSP company so why buy infrastructure that you are already paying for? During peak demand periods in the day your solar energy you create is sent back into the electric lines causing the electric meter to turn backwards. You will be selling electricity back to the utility during these periods. During non peak demand periods you can use the electric grids power and by doing it in this way you will dramatically lower the cost of your electric bill.

There are two types of solar panels you can buy in Texas. You can purchase the thin film solar panels or the photovoltaic solar panels. The photovoltaic Texas solar panels are the standard solution and are more efficient than the thin film. Thin film solar panels are cheaper but they are not as efficient. The best location for a thin film solar panel is on a metal roof. These thin film layers can easily be installed between the grooves in a metal roof.

Selling energy back on the Texas Grid

Selling Energy back on the electric grid

Some off the grid homes are even selling back excess energy back into the grid that they are not using. Having a home that is completely off the electric grid is cost prohibitive for most people and simply does not make sense in many areas in Texas because of the time it would take to recover the investment in the equipment. In Texas there is a law that makes it required that Texas energy companies buy this energy you put back into the grid. Some people are becoming even more enginuitive by buying diesel fuel generators and making a mixture of vegetable oil and fuel that will combust in the diesel generator with success. By adding a mixture of kerosene and leaded or unleaded gasoline you can put this mixture directly into the tank and convert it into electricity.

Diesel Generators running on Vegetable OilDiesel Generator running on vegetable oil

Much has been said about cars running on vegetable oil but not a lot of talk is out there for using this type of system to run your houses air conditioning system and other appliances. Amazingly you can add this vegetable oil fuel mixture to a diesel generator without the need of a converter. As energy rates continue to go up in price you will see home owners becoming more and more creative in how they go about saving money on their electricity. The commercial industry might eventually catch up with the consumers and offer kits and generators specifically for the energy saver in mind.

If you would like to learn more about energy efficiency measures you can take to help reduce your homes electricity costs then please click on the contact link on the top right and send us your information. Someone will call you back to setup an appointment to go over your options.

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