The Making of a Marchione

By Deborah Lynn Blumberg IN THIS SERIES, LOCAL SUN PROFILES LIKE-MINDED BUSINESS OWNERS IN THE HOUSTON AREA. In his Montrose Studio, Stephen Marchione crafts handmade guitars for superstars like paul Simon and Mark Knopfler. Stephen Marchione always dawdled on his way to elementary school. Walking through curving cobblestone streets in Bergamo, Italy, he was drawn to a local instrument maker’s …

Making Handmade Soap in Houston

By Cameryn Burnette Cameron Burnette is an intern at Local Sun, a rising senior at St. John’s School, and a soap maker that owns and operates Coniferous Soap in Houston, TX. I’ve been a soapmaker since the age of 12, and I own and run Coniferous Soap. Today, I’m going through the basic steps of cold process soapmaking. There are …

It’s the Bees That Bring Us Together

By Deborah Lynn Blumberg In this series, Local Sun profiles like-minded business owners in the Houston area. Shelley Rice, known around Houston as “the bee Lady,” has helped hundreds of Texans start their own hives. Shelley Rice is doing the waggle dance in her kitchen. “It’s how bees communicate,” she tells her guests. She weaves back and forth in a …

Frequently Asked Questions

How is electricity service with Local Sun similar to other electricity plans? Local Sun’s plan is administered by MP2 Energy and includes the basic retail energy provider functions of managing your energy supply, billing, and customer service. As with all energy providers, reliability is ensured by CenterPoint Energy, so there is no difference in power quality, rain or shine.  If I already get …

Kickin’ Off Texas’ Kombucha Craze

By Deborah Lynn Blumberg In this series, Local Sun profiles like-minded business owners in the Houston area. We start off the series with Robert Lopez, one of the owners of Kickin’ Kombucha, whose homegrown fermented tea drinks have taken off with Texans. Kickin’ Kombucha founder and Houston native Robert Lopez has big ambitions for his homegrown beverage company, but they don’t …

Q&A with Mark C. Austin

When it comes to music in Houston today, it’s hard to imagine a bigger fan or supporter than Mark C. Austin. His efforts with The Convoy Group continue to contribute immensely to the artists he works with and to the quality of life of the city.  We had a great conversation with him this week on Houston, music, and his industry and wanted to share. …

Five Fictional Communities We’d Love to Power

Those familiar with us know that we are inspired by neighborhoods and communities that make Houston, Sealy, and towns in the surrounding area special. Like most of you, we also love movies and TV shows and thought we’d share a handful of our favorite fictional communities that we’d love to power. Enjoy! Arlen, TX – King of the Hill Arlen, TX is …

Residential Energy Use by Provider

As a companion piece to our previous post on what Texans pay for energy, we thought it would be interesting to explore energy use by provider to see if some providers attract higher energy users than others. You be the judge. Like our last list, this chart is based on 2015 data from eia.gov and is organized in descending order …

What Texans Pay for Power

When we talk to people about our energy plan at Local Sun, a common question is “how much more or less will it cost me?”. The simple answer is “it depends”. Some customers save money by joining Local Sun, and others spend a little more (read why the extra is worth it here) depending on the timing and terms of their …

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Differentiating Low Cost and High Value

Everyone likes a fair deal – getting something at a price that accurately reflects what it’s worth. However, as a society, we often focus our choices too heavily on the “price” side of this equation in pursuit of short-term low cost. While affordability of goods and services is essential, there are broader benefits for consumers and communities when decisions are made …