Texas Electric Consumer Tip: How to Choose an Energy Efficient Skylight for Your Home

by admin on May 26, 2010

When most homeowners think about a skylight, they are usually thinking about the design aesthetics, not the fact that it is another way for their energy dollars to literally fly right out the window (the skylight in this case). Following is how to select a skylight that is as energy efficient as it is beautiful.

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One of the first things to find out about when choosing a skylight is its energy performance rating in relation to the design of your home and the climate you live in (hot, arid in Texas). After you find out what this is, then it’s time to turn your attention to the following three components, as your skylight’s energy efficiency depends on all of them.

Skylight Glazing: A skylight’s glazing can be made from a variety of materials, eg, glass, plastic and solar heat. The type you select for energy efficiency will depend on the climate you live in to a large degree.

Shape: Skylights come in a number of shapes and sizes, eg, triangular, tubal, rectangular, etc. The size you select will help determine how much cold or heat it keeps out/in and which type of glazing works best on it, among a number of other factors.

Operation and Use: A home’s skylight can contribute to the following: how much light it receives, ventilation issues and moisture control. All of these, of course, affect its energy efficiency.

By keeping these factors in mind, you should have no problem selecting the most energy efficient skylight for your home.

Enjoy Your Home’s Skylight Even More

A skylight is a beautiful addition to any home. And they’re even more enjoyable when you know that your energy dollars are not floating right out of them. To stop that from happening, it’s important to choose an energy-efficient electric service plan so you can take advantage of, for example, savings provided via plans like the LITE-UP Texas Program.

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This program gives consumers a break on their bills from May through September in the form of discounts. If you’re using a high-cost option like a prepaid electric service plan, you can’t take advantage of savings like this.

Ask your Texas electricity provider about money-saving plans like this – and others you might qualify for.

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