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12-20-21: Let the Christmas Countdown Officially Begin!

Christmas Tree

Yes, yes, I know all those who celebrate the Christmas season have already been eating the chocolate out of your advent calendars and have probably had your lights up since December 1st (don’t even get me started on those of you that put them up prior, unless of course you’re celebrating Hanukkah with lights in which case – Happy Hanukkah to you and yours once more! To learn more about the origin of Hannukah, feel free to check out our blog post from 11/29 here: https://suntexllc.com/4200-2/).

That said, Christmas week is finally upon us! Depending upon how/whether you celebrate, this is the week you’ll need to look up how many hours in advance to take the turkey out to defrost (we’ve got you covered there, or I should say kitchn.com does: https://www.thekitchn.com/public-service-announcement-its-time-to-thaw-the-turkey-thanksgiving-tips-from-the-kitchn-213274), and dust off any other recipes you’ll want for Christmas dinner. Don’t forget about that last minute shopping and wrapping too – since the stores are likely starting to look a little bleak this close to the holidays – I mean, have you seen Jingle All The Way?! If not, and you’ve got some time this week, I highly suggest searching for it on your ideal streaming service (IMBD here: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116705/).

In between turkey-defrosting and cookie-cutting, present-wrapping and other hyphenated holiday-activities pending on my chore list, I will still need to get a little work done, however this week will be pretty quiet in the office leading up to the weekend, when we will be closed Friday and Saturday during my favorite holiday of the year, Christmas!

While some may reasonably opt for the alternative, I always love when a holiday falls on the weekend. There is something special about the entire week leading up to a holiday weekend, and the excitement multiplies when your plans happen to align with others’ schedules.

Most offices and factories close on the weekends, so you’re likely already planning to have the day off, however unlike most Friday night through Sunday evening plans, this one includes people, gifts, songs, delicious food, and yule celebrations.

Personally, my family is meeting up at my parent’s house this year to celebrate – though my husband and I traditionally like to switch off visiting our folks for each major holiday, and admittedly COVID has thrown a wrench into that plan. This year however we’re happy to finally get together and have an almost normal Christmas celebration together, and only my favorite family members will be there so I don’t even have to fret about any drunkles or weirdo cousins creating any spectacles. We’ll have only ourselves to blame once the spectacles occur! Ha!

That said, I do hope your holiday shopping is done, you’ve memorized how to play your favorite holiday tunes on the piano for others to sing along to, and that your holiday meal plan is already written out – because there’s only a few more days before the merriment begins! You don’t want to be caught in the malls and megaplexes this week (do people even shop in person anymore?), and even holiday travel gets a little crazy so giving the present of your presence requires a little forward planning, the magic of Christmas can finally begin.

Unless of course your family sucks, then good luck. Also, feel free to leverage Holiday Tips for the Introvert in tomorrow’s post (link).

Kwanza this year will begin on the 26th, and last through New Years Day! Thus, for roughly half of this month, this year at least, if you say “Happy Holidays” to someone, you’re probably not wrong, so try it out. We’ll explore the origin and meaning of Kwanza in more detail on the 26th.

In the meantime, Ho ho ho and a Merry Christmas Eve⁵ to you all!

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Look Out, Lock Your Doors! There’s a Cold front Coming This Weekend

Cold Front in Winter

Well, I don’t think I’m alone in saying that I’m ready for the cold weather this year. This summer was fairly mild, however the warmer temperatures seem to have blended into the fall – since it’s still too hot to wear trousers in the great state of Texas.

Today for example, at least in my hometown in Texas, temperatures got up to a whopping 82º (F), which seems to be slightly above average for this time of year, at least according to weatherspark.com (see for yourself: https://weatherspark.com/y/8004/Average-Weather-in-Austin-Texas-United-States-Year-Round).

Weather.com even had the following to say about the average Temperatures in December:

“December lies during the winter with the average high temperatures in the 50°F (10°C) to 72°F (22.2°C) range and the average low temperatures in the cold to warm 31°F (-0.6°C) to 53°F (11.7°C) range across the state.” (https://www.weather-us.com/en/texas-usa-weather-december#climate_text_1).

It’s safe to say that I welcome the cold-front this week, and the cozy feelings of fall that will finally come with it! However the most shocking quote from the same article above came from a couple of lines down:

“The Gulf Coast has mild winters: Brownsville has average temperatures in the comfortable 53°F (11.7°C) to 72°F (22.2°C), and South Padre Island is between 55°F (12.8°C) to 71°F (21.7°C). Humidity is more in the coastal areas, and December is often above 75%.” (https://www.weather-us.com/en/texas-usa-weather-december#climate_text_1).

When we went to the gulf at the end of October (near South Padre, as referenced above) – in part because of the Seattle Seahawks bi-week, but also towards the end of the Texas Red-fish season (https://freshwaterfishingadvice.com/best-time-tide-redfish/) – we found that temperatures were still fairly warm in comparison to years past.

To my recollection, temps may have fallen to the upper-fifties at night, however it was warm enough to swim in the ocean during the day – and even reached the eighties 2/3 days we were there. Thus, as a native Texan my whole life, it’s safe to say the temperatures and humidity we experienced this year, in 2021, were not quite ‘normal,’ even if unsurprising as well.

I can remember growing up with a few hot winters here – one of the things I told my partner when we got married was that “Santa wears shorts in Texas.” He laughed of course, but in his last four years in Texas, it’s safe to say we’ve experienced some of our coldest winters. I won’t go into that for now on the winter storm for example, except to say that I will definitely be paying more attention to the weather channel’s advice when it comes to expectations of freezing temperatures this year – since my garden, and any other indoor & outdoor freeze-intolerant plants could die if we dip below 32° (F).

Lucky for those in the central Texas area however, this week and next, the temperature is expected to only get down to the 40’s, so hopefully everything outside will be okay. I’d recommend bringing in any inside plants temperamental to temperature changes – otherwise any fall outdoor plants should be just fine to survive the forty to eighty-degree (F) temps this week.

The real reason for my concern: my outdoor garden. Yes, I know, if I want to be serious about gardening in Texas I’d better build a greenhouse or at least invest in a growing light so I can transfer plants to the garage if and when a Texas freeze does occur – particularly since we get at least one or two each year (life threatening polar vortex storms aside). However this weekend, I’ll be taking a chance with my garden and leaving the non-edible plants, such as the jasmine and rock rose, as well as a few edible plants, like the okra, basil, and green pepper, out in the cold.

Be sure to check out tomorrow’s blog post for more information on home gardening and climate change, and some of the benefits my family at least has experienced so far this year from both! And in the meantime, also be sure to grab a blanket and some hot cocoa this weekend to enjoy the fall weather that has finally arrived, just a few days before the official start of winter.

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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 WomenLed.org 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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Winter Is Coming

Winter is ComingWhile the air is finally getting chilly, the first official day of winder isn’t until December 21st, so it’s just around the corner, or as New Stark would say, “Winter is Coming!”

Though some folks have been experiencing the winter season already this year, with the first snowfall in Colorado in August (https://www.9news.com/article/weather/weather-colorado/colorado-snow-august-2021/73-e5645239-83f5-4505-8c40-421467f7ad2a), and with record low temps occurring in the south pole this year (https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2021/10/01/south-pole-coldest-winter-record/), it may be difficult for them to accept that we’re still in the fall season, at least in the northern hemisphere.

That said, working in the solar industry I often find myself talking about things many consider to be trivial – such as the sun, the season, the weather – but also learning things that those same skeptics would consider fascinating. For example, did you know:

  • Even though the Winter Solstice, on December 21st, is the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, it’s actually the longest day of the year in the southern hemisphere, and in some places the sun never sets there at all: “That depends on whether you’re in the Southern or Northern Hemisphere! It will be the shortest day of the year north of the Equator—very little sunlight will be reflected back into space. It will be the longest day of the year south of the Equator—summertime” (https://www.nationalgeographic.org/maps/solstice-solar-radiation/print/).
  • If you’ve ever considered putting a solar panel system on your home, you’ve likely heard the term “peak hours,” but what are they? Thanks to unboundsolar.com, we don’t have to speculate: “Peak sun hours differ from hours of daylight; the peak sun hour actually describes the intensity of sunlight in a specific area, defined as an hour of sunlight that reaches an average of 1,000 watts of power per square meter (around 10.5 feet). Although your panels may get an average of 7 hours of daylight a day, the average peak sun hours are generally around 4 or 5. Solar radiation peaks at solar noon, when the sun reaches the highest point in the sky. The number of peak sun hours you get per day increases the closer you are to the equator and typically during the summer months” (https://unboundsolar.com/solar-information/sun-hours-us-map).
  • Early 2021, the US saw the coldest temperatures on record in roughly 30 years? According to noaa.gov, “February 2021 brought the coldest air since December 1989 to much of the state. Several locations across central Texas — including Austin and Waco — broke records for the longest streak of below-freezing temperatures” (https://www.noaa.gov/news/us-had-its-coldest-february-in-more-than-30-years).

So what do you think, did you learn anything new just talking about the weather?

Winter sun

Learning more about the tilt and azimuth of your roof, as well as the latitudinal direction it faces can help you decide whether solar panels are “right” for you. For example, if you look at the chart within the link above titled, “Peak Sun Hours Map,” you’ll see that in the north-eastern-most and north-western-most parts of the country, there are only an average of 3.5 peak hours of sunlight per day (link here for reference: https://unboundsolar.com/solar-information/sun-hours-us-map). Whereas, the majority of the country has at least 4.5 peak hours on average per day, and Texas as you likely know from enduring the summer here, receives even more.

Though there are several other factors – particularly ones we’ve discussed in subsequent blogs (such as these: Sunrise to Sunset: Important things to Consider Before Switching to Solar, https://suntexllc.com/sunrise-to-sunset-what-to-consider-before-switching-to-solar/; Electrical Components: Smart Meters, Net Metering, and Data Monitoring – What Do They All Have in Common? Part 1 of 2, https://suntexllc.com/energy-components-electrical-components-smart-meters-net-metering-and-data-monitoring-what-do-they-all-have-in-common/; SOLAR REBATES And LOCAL INCENTIVES, https://suntexllc.com/solar-rebates-and-local-incentives/), this is definitely an important factor in determining whether or not solar panels are a feasible way to save you money on your energy bill – the more peak sunlight hours on average per day, the better! Read along in this blog to learn more about which factors to consider before making the switch and “Going Solar.”

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“30 Days hath September, April, June, and November”

NovemberIn case you’re like me and forget the answer to this question each year, “how many days are in November again?” Mother Goose has you covered. Check out the original poem, here: https://poets.org/poem/leap-year-poem. If however, you’re like April from the beloved show, Parks and Rec, you might forget the poem, so to jog your memory you can also check out this hilarious episode which you (and of course Ron Swanson) are less likely to forget: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhulR_kJf7Y.

All joking aside however, now that the Turkey and Thanksgiving leftovers have been digested, and the food coma has worn off, it’s time to get back to business before the end of the year hits.

So break out those laptops, pens and legal pads, or whatever you use to be productive, and let’s get to work!

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Happy Hanukkah, to You and Yours from all of us at SUNTEX!

This year, Hanukkah begins in the evening of Sunday, November 28, and ends in the evening of Monday, December 6.

What is Hanukkah?

While I do know a little about it, I am by no means an expert on the holiday, more an admirer, so I turn to chabad.org to help me answer this question, and to learn more about the magic that is the “Festival of Lights”!

According to their website, “Chanukah is the Jewish eight-day, wintertime “festival of lights,” celebrated with a nightly menorah lighting, special prayers and fried foods. The Hebrew word Chanukah means “dedication,” and is thus named because it celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple” (check out the full link, here: https://www.chabad.org/holidays/chanukah/article_cdo/aid/102911/jewish/What-Is-Hanukkah.htm).

Why does Hanukkah last 8 days?


In the famous sitcom, “Friends,” Ross, or the Holiday Armadillo, explains a little bit about why this celebration takes place for eight days – and he does a decent job of explaining this in terms an 8-year-old can easily follow. For a slightly more cerebral approach however, I’ll continue to refer to a couple of other sources as well for clarification.

If you continued reading on in the chabad.org link referenced above, you already know why – “In the second century BCE, the Holy Land was ruled by the Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks), who tried to force the people of Israel to accept Greek culture and beliefs instead of mitzvah observance and belief in God. Against all odds, a small band of faithful but poorly armed Jews, led by Judah the Maccabee, defeated one of the mightiest armies on earth, drove the Greeks from the land, reclaimed the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and rededicated it to the service of God.

When they sought to light the Temple’s Menorah (the seven-branched candelabrum), they found only a single cruse of olive oil that had escaped contamination by the Greeks. Miraculously, they lit the menorah and the one-day supply of oil lasted for eight days, until new oil could be prepared under conditions of ritual purity.” (https://www.chabad.org/holidays/chanukah/article_cdo/aid/102911/jewish/What-Is-Hanukkah.htm).

Of course, history.com also provides a helpful explanation of this sacred holiday, as well as some supportive detail around it’s foundation and the practices that followed – check out the full article, here: https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/hanukkah. According to their version of the origin of Hanukkah, “The eight-day Jewish celebration known as Hanukkah or Chanukah commemorates the rededication during the second century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, where according to legend Jews had risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt. Hanukkah, which means “dedication” in Hebrew, begins on the 25th of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar and usually falls in November or December. Often called the Festival of Lights, the holiday is celebrated with the lighting of the menorah, traditional foods, games and gifts.”

This sounds very familiar to the version outlined above, however the article goes on to explore other possible interpretations of this holiday and how it first began, saying “Jewish scholars have also suggested that the first Hanukkah may have been a belated celebration of Sukkot, which the Jews had not had the chance to observe during the Maccabean Revolt. One of the Jewish religion’s most important holidays, Sukkot consists of seven days of feasting, prayer and festivities” (https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/hanukkah).

How is this day celebrated?

Again, for those who read the full history.com article this will come as no surprise, however I think it’s important to honor the Jewish culture and understand not only why this holiday takes place, but also how. To explore this question, I again turn to history.com to help me out: “On each of the holiday’s eight nights, another candle is added to the menorah after sundown; the ninth candle, called the shamash (“helper”), is used to light the others. Jews typically recite blessings during this ritual and display the menorah  prominently in a window as a reminder to others of the miracle that inspired the holiday.


In another allusion to the Hanukkah miracle, traditional Hanukkah foods are fried in oil. Potato pancakes (known as latkes) and jam-filled donuts (sufganiyot) are particularly popular in many Jewish households. Other Hanukkah customs include playing with four-sided spinning tops called dreidels and exchanging gifts. In recent decades, particularly in North America, Hanukkah has exploded into a major commercial phenomenon, largely because it falls near or overlaps with Christmas. From a religious perspective, however, it remains a relatively minor holiday that places no restrictions on working, attending school or other activities” (https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/hanukkah).


However you choose to observe this holiday, we here at SUNTEX hope you have a wonderful and blessed Hanukkah week this year!

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Happy Thanksgiving to You and Yours


Warm wishes this Thanksgiving, from the SUNTEX team!

To our customers, partners, and business collaborators, our story of success would have been incomplete without you. May the upcoming year be full of many more opportunities for us to grow together.

We are so thankful for all that you have done, and continue to do to support us in our mission to provide affordable solar to all. Thank you and have a wonderful Thanksgiving day!

In observance of the holiday, our office will be closed on Thursday, November 25th and Friday November 26th. We will open back up on Monday, November 29th.

Hasta pronto!

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Living Sustainably, Since We May Soon Have N0 Choice

Sustainable Living

We’ve discussed how to live sustainably on this blog plenty of times – just check out the following links to see what I mean:

However, we’ve really only mentioned the ‘Why’ to this question a couple of times, so this week we’ll dig a little deeper on why we recommend working and living sustainably, and just what it means to do so.

What is Living “Sustainably”?

To learn more about this movement and where it first began, we consult the help of UNICEF to explain what sustainable development looks like and how we can achieve it. Check out the link, here: https://www.unicefusa.org/stories/guide-sustainable-living/35821.

The most simple definition I can think of is that ‘Living Sustainably’ involves consuming as little energy via fossil fuels as possible, to undergo your normal daily routines (I specifically mention fossil fuels here because if you use a renewable energy source such as wind, solar, or hydro-power, you can still live sustainably even if you consume a lot of energy).

Why Live Sustainably?

Climate change, climate change, climate change! If you haven’t heard this phrase by now, you must be living in a hole, because newsrooms, science labs, classrooms, and the workplace – have all been inundated with this phrase and the insundry implications that accompany it. Take a look at our previous blog posts on the subject to get an idea of what Climate Change is, and why it’s occurring: https://suntexllc.com/?s=climate+change.

Living Sustainably is Cheaper

Though I’ve worked in green energy for a few years now because of my own personal desires to “make the world a better place,” most people choose to ‘Go Green’ because it’s actually cheaper for them financially! How is this possible? Read the following article to see why, however in many times the simple answer is that you’re using less, and choosing a more efficient means of producing energy for consumption when you do – Eco Friendly Home Improvements.

SustainablyLiving Sustainably is Greener

Of course, as I already mentioned, even if you’re a traazillionaire, and your goals do not include saving money, living sustainably is much greener, and therefore healthier for the environment. By using fewer fossil fuels, or using fossil fuels more sustainably, you’re actually reducing your own carbon footprint, thereby mitigating some of the greenhouse gases and other types of pollution in the environment, all on your own!

How can you measure your own carbon footprint? For the answer to that question, we turn to Nature.org to help us out: Calculating Your Carbon Footprint.

Living Sustainably is Cooler

While I don’t always adhere to the latest trends, I do think it’s important to note that one common reason why people may paint the exterior of their homes, or adorn more and more Christmas lights in their display each year is the idea of “keeping up with the Joneses.” Understandably, this thought might just make you cringe a little – after all, we’re all unique individuals living our own lives, right? Of course it can be a bad thing, if it leads to debt or buying things you don’t need – check out the following article to see what I mean: Keeping Up with the Joneses is a Terrible Pursuit.

However this psychological phenomenon is something we are all guilty of to an extent, and while it can have some negative implications, it’s not always a bad thing. The following article explores where this phrase came from, and what it really means: How the Jones Effect Can Help Brands Better Understand Consumers.

Particularly as it pertains to not buying material goods, but living sustainably and minimally, this trend is one that can be helpful for your pocketbook, as well as de-cluttering your space and mind (see Marie Kondo’s method of de-cluttering your home and your life: https://konmari.com/about-the-konmari-method/), so I for one hope this trend remains for a long time, so that hopefully, we won’t be forced to live sustainably by climate change.

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Small Business Week Kicks Off with a Boom!

Small BusinessHave you ever had an idea for a small business and thought, where on earth should I begin?! If so, you’ve likely had overwhelming thoughts about spreadsheets, accountants and tax consultants, whether or not to hire outside consultants to step in, or to hire within, or more likely you’ve thought to yourself: wow, this is going to be a lot for me to take on all by myself until I can afford to hire someone.

Don’t panic! We have all been there, and lucky for you, here at SUNTEX we have learned a few tricks of the trade on how best to solve these problems, before you throw your hands in the air, ready to give up before you ever even begin.

I’m reminded of an old adage that a former colleague shared with me once, that proved to be very useful in quelling those anxious thoughts about what comes next – it goes like this:

“How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.”

Of course, I would never actually eat an elephant, but as the following YouTube video explains, this saying is all about problem solving through means of setting one small, achievable goal at a time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZpAYmUpx44.

Another familiar and helpful saying I have had personal experience with which deals with this type of problem solving is: “Little by little”, or “Poco a poco.”

When I lived in Guatemala a few years ago – working in the health industry and attempting multiple USAID development projects at once – initially I thought I would drown in work. First I needed to find people willing to work with me, then train them in becoming health experts themselves, then perform an epidemiology report for the local health post of the town we were in (including participation from at least 10% of the total population), and finally implement USAID health projects geared towards addressing the most dire health concerns in the community, with the neediest of people.

Often, when I was feeling overwhelmed by it all – especially considering the emotional toll this work took on me and my fellow Peace Corps Volunteers daily – Guatemalans would tell me to slow down, and take things “poco a poco.”

Wouldn’t you know it, by the end of my service in just two years, I had trained 35 new Public Health Leaders in Basic Sanitation and Disease Prevention, we built 45 wood-burning stoves and supplied enough concrete for about 50 homes to add concrete floors in their kitchens (addressing public health concerns such as chronic pneumonia and poor sanitation in the kitchen). It’s safe to say that this process worked, as our testimony demonstrated, and I am so grateful to the Guatemalan people for teaching me this first-hand.

As a small business ourselves, we understand the difficulties sometimes associated with making headway on new initiatives or balancing priorities, and we’re here to help! After all, one thing that I think all businesses, no matter how big or small, can benefit from is the power of shared knowledge.

This week, we’ll hear from a few other sources on the Do’s and Don’ts of small business ownership, and how you can manage your workload as you navigate this tricky endeavor. So that you aren’t just taking our word for it, we’ll feature blog posts from others such as XX and YY. So be sure to check it out! You won’t want to miss it.

As always, if you have suggestions to add to this week’s topic yourself, be sure to post them in the comments section below – we love to engage with our audience and the more comments, the merrier.

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Team-work Makes the Dream-work! I am So Excited to Begin working with this Fab-5


I cannot stress this enough: I am SO excited to work with our new team of energy professionals! I’m very happy to report this week that our team is growing, and we’re already learning a lot about each other as we embark on the next steps in our careers. It’s always nice to shake things up with new faces, however I have to say I’m truly impressed with this group thus far.

Because most of the folks joining our team this week have been working during the day and/or have to care for their families, as well as managing their busy schedules outside of SUNTEX during the day, we’ve been attending evening trainings from roughly 9-11PM. Of course I would be remiss if I did not also thank Ally and Jose – our fearless leaders – for leading these discussions each night AFTER a full day of work each day! The dedication and insight each of you have demonstrated thus far is nothing short of inspiring, and I am truly enjoying getting to know all of you better!

This week, as we’ve done in the past, we’ll be shining a spotlight on each new SUNTEX member so you can get to know the team too! Please check out their bios here, and reach out if you have any questions for us as we go. Feel free to reach out to them as well – or drop a comment here – I’m sure they’ll be glad to help you out!

More than anything, I want to express my deepest gratitude to this group for igniting the flame of hard work and excitement in each one of us here at SUNTEX, as well as for carrying the torch forward! The work we’ve done thus far will help support you in the field, but the work you all have already done this week, as well as the work still needed in the weeks to come, is incredible, and I can’t imagine a better team to be part of than the one I have here!

Your commitment to excellence, to learning something new, and to saving the planet (and to a better future for your families and your children) is really encouraging, and it’s nice to know we have that in common. SUNTEX has always been dedicated to delivering above and beyond for our customers, and I’m proud to say that each of you exemplifies that each day by showing up, asking questions, and being active participants in the fight against climate change.

Thank you all for your contributions thus far. Vamos Equipo!

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