Lower Utility Costs with Solar Products from Southern Heating & Cooling Inc.. When you’re using free energy from the sun to power your house, you’re sure to significantly lower utility costs. You only need a system to capture this energy. That’s where a solar energy system like the Lennox® SunSource® comes in. How can solar energy reduce utility costs? Each solar module takes in energy and turns it into electricity that’s used primarily to power your HVAC units, such as your air conditioner and furnace. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 48 percent of a typical U.S. home’s energy consumption comes from heating and cooling. Just imagine, even if your solar energy system only produces enough electricity for the AC and furnace, you can still possibly cut your energy bill in half every year. However, the more modules you install, the more electricity you could generate. Energy that isn’t used for your heating and cooling systems will be used to power other appliances in your home, such as your washer and dryer, or lights and any other products you plug into an outlet. We’re talking TVs, computers – anything! Now if your solar energy system is producing electricity for these devices, also, you’re substantially cutting back your dependence on the utility company. Actually, you could find yourself paying less and less to the utility company at all. What’s even sweeter is that with net-metering, you can still use power from the grid if needed, and you’ll be credited for any surplus power your system generates that goes back into the utility’s grid. Find out how these residential solar systems work. ENERGY STAR® qualified The Lennox® SunSource system earned ENERGY STAR qualification for meeting certain U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines for energy efficiency. You can tell which have received this title by looking for the blue ENERGY STAR label on the product’s packaging or website. When the solar energy system is used with other ENERGY STAR-qualified products, such as our Lennox Signature® Series air conditioners and gas furnaces , you could save substantially more. Want further explanation or to see how these products will work for your home? Call Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. in Scottsboro at 256-574-1300 or schedule an appointment online to see how you can lower your utility costs.