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How You Can Keep Your Energy Bill Affordable in the Winter Months

Winter Energy Bill

The winter months bring with them a lot of things. They bring holidays, times of togetherness, and cold temperatures. Along with those things often come some skyrocketing energy bills. Not only does it cost more to keep a home or living space comfortable as the temperature plummets outside, but there are other considerations, as well. The holiday months tend to involve quite a lot of social gatherings, which can also have their own energy-bill-related consequences.

The good news is that many of us experience higher energy bills during the winter because we don’t know how to avoid them. In reality, there are a handful of easy strategies that can help you keep your bill as manageable as it is in the balmy summer sun. Below, SUNTEX explores some ideas you should consider.

Move to a Different Place

This may seem like an extreme measure, but sometimes you may not have a choice. For example, if you live in a poorly insulated apartment and you’re having to pay a high electric bill each month, it might be worth your while to move. Fortunately, there are hundreds of apartments available in Forth Worth, all of which can be searched depending on your budget and the neighborhood that interests you.

Weatherproof and Seal All of Your Windows

The windows are a major source of energy leakage in the house, both literally and metaphorically. They can be hotspots for cracks and intrusions that let in cold air and let out the warm air. The glass in your windows can also be letting out warmth, causing you to need to heat your home when you should not have to.

Try adding a weatherproof film to your windows for higher energy efficiency. This can help them to retain more heat, allowing you to run the heater left often. It’s also smart to do a leak test and run the caulking gun around each of your windows, guaranteeing that they’re nice and tightly sealed against the colder weather. When it comes to keeping warm air in, every little bit helps you avoid running that heater.

Use Solar Panels to Help with Energy Costs

Solar panels are an excellent way to help reduce your money energy bills during those cooler months. Although solar panels can’t help reduce your gas bill, if that’s what you use to keep your home toasty all winter, they can still power everything else, from your electronics to your appliances. If you’ve always wanted to get solar panels for your home but had no idea where to start, get in touch with the pros at SunTex. Our high-quality products and superior services can get you going in no time.

Do a Draft Test

Windows aren’t the only intrusion point for air into the home. Drafts and cracks can form just about anywhere, so do a visual check of your home, both inside and out. Check places like corners, and joints (any place where two materials meet). Look closely at things like baseboards, electrical outlets, door frames, vents, and so forth.

Hiring a professional to do something called a “blower door test” is another great way to find small air leaks into your home. This is a process by which your home will be depressurized on the inside, letting an expert go from room to room, finding tiny cracks and leaks that might not otherwise be visible.

Watch Out for the Bathroom Fan

Believe it or not, your bathroom fan might be causing you some serious grief on your energy bill at the end of the month. While they might not seem threats, these troublesome little devils can actually mess with your energy bill in two ways.

The first is by simple overuse. A bathroom fan can seriously add to the cost of an energy bill, especially if it’s left running when it does not need to run. Secondly, a bathroom fan does a great job of pulling warm air right out of your house, which will only lead to more thermostat and furnace usage.

Finding easy ways to save money on your energy bill doesn’t have to be brain surgery. When those winter months set in, there are a few things just about any homeowner can do to make sure they’re saving as much as possible. Sealing windows, checking for drafts, and keeping an eye on ventilation fans are just a few of the ways to save on that energy bill during the winter months.


Note: This article was written for SUNTEX by guest writer, Gloria Martinez. Gloria Martinez loves sharing her business expertise and hopes to inspire other women to start their own businesses and seek promotions in the workplace. She created to spotlight and celebrate women’s achievements. Please reach out directly to SUNTEX if you have any questions regarding this article, or the blog post content.

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Switching Careers Later in Life? We’ve Got You Covered

SUNTEX logoWith the solar industry on the rise, and many people switching jobs currently to adapt to changes in the marketplace due to the Corona Virus, it may be time for you to consider a new career. What if I told you I knew of an industry that required no schooling, no experience, and would supply on the job training?

It sounds too good to be true, however this week we’ll explore a few positions in the solar industry, and at SUNTEX LLC, that fit that exact description. For a more detailed look at what I mean, be sure to check out our prior blog post on the different possible jobs within a solar company (here:, as well as the following interview from our friends at Ecotopian Careers about what we’re looking for in an employee (here, as well as below:

Note: This article was written for SUNTEX by guest writers from Ecotopian Careers. Please reach out directly to SUNTEX if you have any questions regarding this article, or the blog post content.

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What do you Want to be When you Grow Up? Industry Experts are here to Help You Find Out!

Solar Industry It really doesn’t matter if you’re 7 or 57, deciding what field you want to work in can be an exciting endeavor. Whether you’re interested in going to school, or going back to school, or if you’re better at on the job training and hand-on projects, learning a new skill while making money is a win-win.

I discussed the process of becoming a Master Electrician in a previous blog post (check it out, here:, and there are a few really strong reasons you might decide to take on this endeavor: 1) the pay is excellent, and 2) you can start “green” as we say in the construction industry, apprenticing for someone with little schooling or experience required, and 3) once you become a Master Electrician, you can dictate your own hours, and decide which jobs you want to take – giving you lots of freedom in the later years of your career.

If you’re afraid of electrocuting yourself however (a valid fear indeed), there are tons of other jobs within the solar industry to choose from! Below I’ve outlined just a few…



Solar companies are A-L-W-A-Y-S hiring more sales staff to learn about the process of installing solar, and how it can save our customers money. The beauty of this position is that it does not require any schooling. Notice I did not say you won’t need to learn anything while on the job (too bad, right?), however it’s definitely something you can learn by doing, and as with any job, the more experience you have, the better you will be. It doesn’t matter if you’ve sold cell-phone batteries or luxury vehicles in the past, if you’ve got any sales acumen whatsoever, or if you just enjoy talking to people, it’s likely you’d be good at selling solar.

Because at SUNTEX we want to make sure our energy consultants and sales staff are experts in training homeowners the ways of solar energy, we spend a little extra time during the training process ensuring that you know exactly what you’re talking about before ever heading to a customer’s home for an energy audit. Unfortunately there are several bad players in the solar market that don’t do this, and the customer is always the one that will suffer for it. We’ve seen it in the past, and do our best to warn others of these types of companies, however because of this insight we know exactly what our team needs to know to be successful in their careers, and we strive towards it con ganas each day.


Solar Industry

The operations side of the solar business, which is where my background in solar began, includes the entire process after a sale it made through installation. I’ll do my best not to get too into the weeds here, but the overall process of a solar system installation is as follows: 1) Design & Engineering, 2) Permitting, Interconnection Application, and Rebate Application, 3) Ordering Materials, 4) Scheduling & Executing the Installation with the same design as it was approved by the permitting office, 5) Inspections, and 6) Permission to Operate (PTO), when your system is actually turned-on and fully functioning.

The most important piece of this puzzle is the installations team! In order to install solar, you don’t need any education or experience necessarily, as you will get these with on the job training, however you do need to be prepared to be at work by 7:00 AM (or earlier in some cases), and work in scorching heat in the summer months (since roof-tops are typically about 15 degrees Fahrenheit hotter than the daily temp, see what I mean here:, and colder weather in the winter months.

Of course there are other pieces to this puzzle behind the scenes such as billing and accounting, manufacturing, and customer communication throughout, which is also generally included within the scope of the operations team. So it’s safe to say there are plenty of options to choose from should you decide to work within the Operations division at a solar company.


Another exciting experience you can glean working in the solar industry includes Information Technology, or more commonly known as IT. Depending on the size of the solar company you’re working for, IT department activities can include anything from building and managing the company website, to manufacturing and testing solar panels and accompanying equipment in a lab (admittedly, this may be nearer to the field of engineering but you get the idea)

It’s important that the entire Operations life cycle of each customer project is tracked smoothly, so you don’t skip any steps and so that you can keep the customer in the loop about what’s happening next, so as a solar IT expert you might also be responsible for building out the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) tools that help you track this life cycle, or any of the other online tools that can help a solar company grow sustainably (including tracking Sales calls and researching new potential markets for solar, or managing customer energy production data to ensure quality service throughout the life of a solar system, to name just a couple more).

Whatever your interest in tech – web development, database management, or integrated systems – there is likely a job waiting for you in the solar industry. Not to mention, I can personally attest to the fact that as this industry continues to rapidly grow and develop easier ways of doing things, there are plenty of new tech jobs opening up each day, and a ton of room for innovation.


With all of that said, there are people who must keep the ship afloat and running in the right direction, and that includes the administrative staff. People in these positions are like jack-knives, floating from sector to sector and providing help and insight where needed. Because they’re likely responsible for overseeing executive-level schedules and tasks, they have a good line of communication and visibility with company leadership. Communication skills and time management are therefore essential to their every day work, however this also allows for flexibility and diversity in their workload, and the work can often be done remotely as well. If you’re an organized individual and want to learn more about the solar industry – without working on a rooftop during installations, or deep inside of the code designing a software system – you might want to see what Administration positions are available in your area today.


As you can see, there really are a myriad of things to choose from. Interested in learning more? Give us a call today and see if you’re the ‘right stuff’ for SUNTEX!

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Is Sunlight Financial financially Smart?

Sunlight Financial

In a previous blog post I talked a little bit about the benefits of Sunlight Financial, a company that has grown significantly in just a few short years from being an idea, to being a publicly traded fortune-500 company (check it out here: However this week we’ll dig a little deeper and really explore what sets Sunlight Financial apart as a solar, and home improvement lender.

For starters, Sunlight Financial was founded in 2014 by insiders of the solar financing industry: Neil Auerbach and Wilson Chang ( According to, “As the pioneer of solar PPA financing while leading Goldman Sachs’ renewable energy business over 15 years ago, Neil understood firsthand the complexity associated with leases and PPAs, particularly as applied to single family homes rather than large utility scale systems. Neil and Wilson envisioned that a simpler consumer loan, secured by the solar system, would be a far superior means of facilitating mass adoption of residential solar in the US, helping consumers to switch to solar to save money and reduce carbon emissions” (

SunlightThis means that when you work with Sunlight Financial, you’re working with some of the founding fathers of the solar loan programs we see today. They’re well-versed in the subject, and know what they’re talking about when it comes to these types of financial packages, because they’ve got decades of industry experience!

Similar to GoodLeap (who we explored in yesterday’s blog post, here:, Sunlight Financial is also publicly traded. This means that all those same benefits we discussed before – surpassing market barriers and finance-market scrutiny – apply to Sunlight Financial as well.

Additionally, Sunlight Financial was one of the first solar loan companies to include other types of home improvement projects as well, which shows their flexibility, as well as their general understanding of the market. Not to mention, and perhaps most importantly to our customer base, Sunlight Financial has made strides in the industry in assisting non-native English speakers – check out more information on that, here:


One key difference from Sunlight Financial is that while they have one of the easiest processes for both customers and installers to follow when installing and financing solar and other home improvement projects, they do have slightly higher requirements for acquiring said loan. For example, they’re looking for home owners with at least a 650 credit score before moving forward, so if you’re not quite there yet, this may not be the loan program for you. That said, if your credit score is 650 or above, they’re an excellent option and provide some really nice incentives, in addition to their easy-to-follow recipe for financing your home improvement project.

Because they’ve been doing this for a while, their method is like clock-work, and they have a very simple user-interface to help you out as well as you go through the process of installing your project – but don’t take my word for it, check out what Yahoo News had to say about them:

Is Sunlight Financial right for you? Call us today and find out!

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LoanPal to GoodLeap, and Everything In-between


One of the beautiful things about financing your solar project with a solar lender, versus a more traditional bank loan, is that they’re completely familiar with the process! You’re not answering too many questions from the onset about what this project is, how it will work, how long it will take, or the potential benefits to your home equity, because all of that is already baked into your solar loan. Well, thankfully there are plenty of options to choose from within that specific financial market, and each has their own competitive advantage over the other, based on your specific need.


Today’s post will focus on the company formerly known as LoanPal, GoodLeap. Before we get into the details however, let’s explore this brand change a little more, so those of us familiar with the original name can start to familiarize ourselves with the new one. According to Bloomberg’s article published back in June, “Loanpal, one of America’s biggest solar-loan providers, has renamed itself GoodLeap as it expands further into the broader market for sustainable home upgrades” (

This seems fairly straightforward, and is actually on-point with several other solar loan providers who have made the same move in recent years. What this means, is that instead of looking for options to finance your solar project exclusively and then seeking other means of financing for smart home upgrades and other home improvement projects – such as geothermal heating and energy-saving window upgrades – you’re now able to bundle these projects together and tackle them all at once, with the exact same loan!

MoneyNow, what separates GoodLeap loans from the pack? Well, perhaps most importantly, these loans allow for a slightly lower credit score – just 600 to be precise. Of course, the higher credit score the better, however GoodLeap has taken the helm of helping home-owners with slightly below-par credit scores go solar (and finance other home improvement projects), even without perfect credit. It’s always important to note however that this could impact your interest rate, so be sure to pay close attention to that number when reviewing your home improvement financing options.

Another notable difference in GoodLeap, which is becoming more prevalent in the marketplace as other home improvement financiers look to diversify their funding, is that they are now public! Check out the following articles to learn more about this: and What does this mean for you? Well, it means you’re likely looking at a very strong partner, with a strong bottom line as well – meaning that you can trust your loan will likely not be lost or forgotten, should the bull market on solar change in the near future. Publicly traded companies are heavily regulated as well, so you’re dealing with a company that has faced heavy scrutiny and still out-performs competitors year over year.

What home improvement loan options are available to you? Find out today by giving us a call at the number at the top of this page! We’re happy to help you learn more about your financing options and which home improvement projects will save you money and energy costs. Call us today!

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Let’s Talk Financing: The Positives and Negatives to Home Improvement Loans

FinancingWhen you’re looking into financing a solar, or any home improvement project – whether you go with an experienced solar financial partner like Loan Pal/GoodLeap or DIVIDEND, or a HELOC loan from your trusted bank, or as a gift from your rich Uncle – it’s important to feel confident in that institution so you know your investment is protected.

There are lots of options to choose from, but to help you with this decision, SUNTEX has partnered with a few of the best companies in the industry, including: LoanPal – now known as GoodLeapSunlight Financial, and Sunnova. This week, we’ll explore these options (and more) in a little greater detail.

The Future is Solar, No Contest

DOEThe only thing we need to be talking about today…

I’ll keep this post fairly brief, in hopes that you read the U.S. Department of Energy report using the link below. This resource summarizes what you need to know about the future of the solar energy market and how it applies to you, particularly your pocketbook.

If you’d like to learn more about the Department of Energy, feel free to check out our previous blog here:

The main idea of today’s report? Future of Solar

The study shows that by 2035, solar energy has the potential to power 40% of the nation’s electricity, drive deep decarbonization of the grid, and employ as much as 1.5 million people—without raising electricity prices” (

Let’s unpack that statement: Currently, solar power produces less than 4% of the nations’ power. It is an economic alternative to grid-only energy generation, for several homeowners already, however improved battery storage is absolutely needed in order to really prepare for hurricane season.

So, whether or not you care about decarbonization is up to you, but given US’ collective demand for electricity-powered items such as refrigerators and AC units – particularly in the countries hottest, and warming areas – solar energy could be your personal solution to ensuring your family’s safety, and longevity. Check out the full report to see just what I mean (here again for reference:

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Sunrise to Sunset: Important things to Consider Before Switching to Solar

Solar Panels

With a warming climate and soaring energy prices, it’s no wonder that so many homeowners are switching to renewables, and there are few renewable solutions as widely available and readily accessible as solar panels. If you want to harness the sunshine, here are a few considerations to take on board first.


The benefits of solar paneling can be tremendous but, before you switch, it’s important to carry out plenty of research – variables like roof type, weather and property condition may all affect your decision. For example, flat roofs can inhibit a panel’s ability to absorb sunlight, this is because the angle of the sun is 50 to 60 degrees and so, to ensure maximum radiation, the roof pitch should be 30 to 40 or the panels should be mounted for tilt.

It’s also crucial that your roof is in good condition for the installation of solar panels. The panels themselves tend to last around 25 years, even in harsh weather conditions and with regular usage. When you consider that many asphalt and fiber cement shingle roofs only make it to 20, it makes sense to upgrade your roof at the same time as installing solar panels.


Solar panels work by creating an alternating current (AC), which is converted through a solar inverter into direct current (DC), which is the energy you use to power appliances in your home. Installers will not only place and secure panels, they understand this important process and will work to ensure that your equipment is running smoothly. Unlike other household features, solar panels cannot easily be installed by a non-professional.

The time it takes to install really depends on circumstance but you can expect this process to last anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months. At SUNTEX, we count six stagesthese include meetings, audits and checks, preparation, and installation. To help speed this along, you’re encouraged to provide your energy bill during the initial consultation to get the best possible quote for your home, and make sure to ask any questions about your home’s energy profile throughout the process.


Solar Panels

It’s estimated that the average American home needs anywhere between 19 and 23 solar panels, based on the average electricity usage of 877 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per month. Of course, this variable changes depending on the household and people in it so you’re best off doing your own research and calculating your personal requirements and the subsequent costs of installation based on quotes.

If you find that you need assistance with paying for solar energy, there are systems in place. Some federal or state programs will even assist with down payments if you can clearly demonstrate your plans to invest in solar energy and the associated budget.

Solar energy is the future, especially in hot climates. It can often lead to a cheaper, easier, and more environmentally friendly energy in your homejust make sure you’ve done your research before you switch.

SunTex LLC is a family-owned company based out of North Texas dedicated to providing the best energy solutions with the highest level of customer service. To learn more, visit: www. HYPERLINK “” HYPERLINK ““m


Note: This article was written for SUNTEX by guest writer, Gloria Martinez. Gloria Martinez loves sharing her business expertise and hopes to inspire other women to start their own businesses and seek promotions in the workplace. She created to spotlight and celebrate women’s achievements. Please reach out directly to SUNTEX if you have any questions regarding this article, or the blog post content.

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“Tackling ‘Energy Justice’ Requires Better Data. These Researchers Are On It”

The article we focus on today actually came our some time ago – June 13th of this year to be exact – however the implications are long lasting, and little has been done thus far to address the issue. To what issue am I referring? Check out the link below for more information, but long story short, we need better energy data (and analysis) in low-income neighborhoods to determine why energy costs are so much higher than in white neighborhoods:

In this article, there are some pretty staggering quotes, including:

  • “The researchers found that in low-income communities, homes averaged 25 to 60 percent more energy use per square foot than higher-income neighborhoods.”
  • “The Princeton researchers also looked at which households participated in energy efficiency rebate programs. They found homes in wealthier and whiter neighborhoods were more likely to take part, while poorer, non-white households were less likely.”

Full study can be found here:

One tool I found while doing research on this article, was the Low-Income-Energy-Affordability Data Tool (, or LEAD Tool, which demonstrates this point on a macro-level across the United States, with three charts: 1) The average energy burden (or what percentage of a household income is spent on energy bills), 2) the Average Energy Cost ($), and 3) housing counts by state, using census data.

One of the most staggering findings from this chart was the average energy burden found in Arizona, specifically on Native-American reservations. If you look at the second map (average energy costs), you’ll start to see that this may in fact be due to lower incomes, rather than higher energy costs – however the disparity is not solved by this fact, and thus more is needed from the Department of Energy, as well as local Retail Energy Providers (REPs) in order to combat this issue.

What may be even more enlightening is the second chart on the bottom-half of the page – where you’re able to actually change the dimensions of the data you want to analyze. For example, if you sort this data by ‘Building Age’ as the primary dimension, you’ll find that there is very little difference in utility costs for buildings built prior to 1940 versus those built in the past 20 years – which seems insane given what we know about the development of different, green energy sources and building materials. Check out the image below, or click on the corresponding link to see what I mean:

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Play around with the dimensions and axes to learn more – I think you’ll find some interesting information about the way that energy costs are distributed in the U.S., even at a high-level.

As you may already know, globally this phenomenon is even more wide-spread – however without proper resources and outside funding, we’re even less equipped to tackle it – see: and,

So how can we avoid these pitfalls in the U.S.? Well, the Department of Energy is finally working to address this. Check out the following article to learn more about what’s being done to combat energy poverty and energy disparity in the U.S. today, using the same LEAD tool we discussed in the paragraph above: Unfortunately however, not every state has adopted these methodologies, and the disparities in data are wide-spread, making it much more difficult for the energy sector to tackle this problem.

If you have ideas as to why this may be happening, or personal examples of high energy costs from your neighborhood, please share your insights with us in the comments section below. SUNTEX remains committed to helping our customers in any way that we can, but particularly as it pertains to saving money and reducing energy costs. We’re also partners with ACORE, the American Council on Renewable Energy (, and are happy to share our industry experience with those in a position to help improve them, while working alongside this incredible group of people to make a tangible difference in energy equity.

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Washington Energy Profile and the Beauty of Hydroelectric Dams

WashingtonIf you’ve ever been to Washington, especially having come from Texas, one thing becomes clear very quickly: there is a lot of water in this state! I’m not just talking about the rivers and lakes you’re used to, and not only does this state have a beautiful rocky coastline, but there is also tons of rainfall all year long (73 inches of rain per year on average, according to: The beauty of this type of weather pattern of course is that everything within that wet environment is poised to grow tall and wild, and the pines trees and giant blackberry bushes will certainly convince any naysayers!

In fact, when I lived in Seattle, I remember planting dahlias one spring and feeling shocked to find them, along with roses, peonies, poppies, and other native flowers that presumably had been planted before we lived there growing in abundance that fall! I did get tired of the rain from time to time, but I did not ever tire of watching out garden grow and change each season.

Given the hydro-electric dams in Oregon and Idaho, it’s no wonder that Washington, an even wetter state, should prove ahead of the bell-curve on this metric as well. In fact, according to (

  • “The Grand Coulee Dam on Washington’s Columbia River is the largest power plant by generation capacity in the United States, and the seventh-largest hydro-power plant in the world. It can provide 4.2 million households with electricity for one year.”
  • “Washington generated the most electricity from hydropower of any state and accounted for 24% of the nation’s annual utility-scale hydroelectricity generation in 2019.”

Although these figures are certainly impressive, I think the chart below paints an even better picture of just how much of Washington’s energy grid is devoted to hydro-power:

Washington Energy

Washington Energy Consumption Estimates (

If you’ve been following along with the prior blogs from this week, you already know how this ranks among the other Pacific Northwest states (see Idaho and Oregon’s energy profile posts, here Looking for more details on the state? Feel free to check out the links below:

For more information on hydroelectricity, be sure to check out tomorrow’s post!

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