Division of Energy
Using Solar Energy - Energy Efficiency
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How Can Solar Energy Be Used in Missouri? | Energy Efficiency |
Daylighting and Passive Solar Building Design | Solar Water Heating | Backup Systems |
Collector Positioning | Active Systems | Net Metering | Designing a System | Siting | Installation |
Solar Contacts | Solar Thermal Equipment Performance Ratings | Bibliography
Most people consider using solar energy to improve the quality of their life and the environment, reduce the amount of fossil fuels they use, and possibly save a bit of money. When deciding to use solar, or any other renewable energy source, a key precursor to success is increasing your energy efficiency.
Efficiency saves you money in two ways. First, measures such as installing insulation, reduced-flow shower heads, and compact fluorescent lights save you energy and money even if you don’t change energy sources – you use less energy, so you pay less on your utility bill. Second, energy efficiency saves you money by decreasing the amount of energy you need to live comfortably and conveniently, allowing you to decrease the size and cost of the solar energy system you need to buy.
To read more about energy efficiency in your home, please visit our Residential Energy Efficiency Page.