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 …

Five Favorites from “Chronogical” Classics

Visitors to Local Sun’s office know we are big fans of music, particularly early recorded blues and jazz from the 1920’s and 1930’s. While we are partial to anything mastered by John RT Davies on labels such as JSP, one of our other favorites is the French label Chronological Classics. The label is known to most as “Chronogical” Classics due …

The Agrarian Side of Solar Farming

When people think of the energy business, many picture the boom and bust cycles that define the oil and gas industry and the wealth generated or lost by such volatility. While power markets can also be volatile on the trading floor, the day-to-day of a solar power plant is much more agrarian. On tours of our Sealy solar farm, we …

Q&A with James Glassman, Houstorian

We’re big fans of James Glassman and his organization Houstorian. This week, we had the pleasure of talking with him about a range of Houston topics including preservation, neighborhoods, and how Houston continues to inspire his work. His thoughts are too good not share, so enjoy! Houston and James Glassman go hand in hand. When did this relationship begin? I’ve always been a fan …

Your Energy Plan May Not Be as Green as You Think

We’ve recently had a number good discussions about what makes Local Sun different from traditional renewable energy plans in the market and thought we’d share a few comments.  The Basics with Most Renewable Energy Plans What you think you’re buying: What you are most likely buying: In Texas, retail electricity providers can sell plans marketed as 100% renewable by purchasing renewable energy …

What Houston Park Are You?

Parks are a big part of our cultural infrastructure and add immense value to our city and neighborhoods.  We wanted to highlight a few of our favorite parks in Houston, so we made this quiz. Enjoy!

How Clean Energy Will Lead in Texas

Energy policy is a hot topic, and it’s effects are real and important. But while policy can make an impact, market forces and grid behavior more directly dictate the outcome in energy markets like ours in Texas. Because of this, clean power will lead the way and benefit consumers. Renewable Energy is the Cheapest Form of New Generation Over the last …

What Powers Communities in Texas?

Across the street from Sealy High School, Visual Promotions, a local manufacturer of promotional products, maintains a large storefront that proudly stocks Sealy related merchandise such as hats, t-shirts, coolers, you name it. Down the road, the police department distributes free bumper stickers at Tony’s Family Restaurant that read “Love where you live. Sealy, Texas”. It’s a wonderful place. Sealy and …