Renewable energy in Texas is growing and becoming a larger portion of the total electricity generation makeup in the state. In fact, according to the chart below from ERCOT, Wind accounted for just shy of 25% of Texas’s total electricity generation, and solar was just shy of 5%. These numbers are expected to grow in the future.
If you are a resident of Texas and are looking to support green energy, there are a few things you need to consider. In this article, we show you a few ways how you can save money on your utility bills while supporting the environment.
Green Energy Supply
The first option to consider is signing up for a renewable energy rate from a supplier. Although these rates tend to be slightly higher than traditional brown power prices, they are backed by renewable energy certificates and help support green energy. When you sign up for one of these plans, the energy supplier purchases renewable credits on your behalf that account for the percentage of renewable energy advertised in the rate plan. This money goes to supporting the development of clean energy like wind and solar.
If you are looking for a green plan, simply filter your options on our search box to find the Texas energy providers offering green plans today.
Another affordable option might be installing rooftop solar at your home. Although solar production is dependent on the amount of sunlight your home gets, it can be a great way to save money and support green energy. There are many solar companies in Texas offering great financing options on solar too where you do not have to purchase the system upfront. In fact, some of these plans allow you to install solar for zero dollars down and pay for your system over time. If your home gets enough sunlight, these payments can even be less than your monthly energy bills allowing you to save money.
Become More Efficient
The easiest way to save on energy costs while supporting the environment is to make your home more energy efficient. There is an array of ways to accomplish this goal from lighting to energy-efficient appliances. For your convenience, we put together a list of the top things you can do at your home to make it more energy efficient:
- Replace old light bulbs with energy-efficient LED lighting
- Install a smart thermostat to regulate your HVAC system
- Purchase energy-efficient appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines, and clothes dryers
- Install a tankless water heater – they can use up to 30% less energy than traditional water heaters
- Consider alternative heating sources such as geothermal
If you are looking for ways to become more energy efficient at your business, contact one of our energy experts today to discuss your options. We have been providing cost-effective energy solutions to homes and businesses for over a decade.