IT’S A CHOICE WITH MANY BENEFITS
Homeowners across the globe are seeing the solar light. The reasons vary for each person, though they mainly come down to the following
Solar energy systems allow you to capture free sunlight and convert it into usable power in your home.
Solar energy can be used to heat and cool your home, but it has almost no impact on the global climate. By comparison, electricity generated by power plants produces carbon dioxide emissions that scientists say pose serious threats to the environment.
IT’S INFINITELY RENEWABLE
While nonrenewable energy sources like oil, gas and coal are becoming increasingly scarce, the sun’s energy is limitless. Wherever sunlight shines, electricity can be generated.
IT CAN REDUCE YOUR UTILITY COSTS
Having a system that creates solar energy means you use less electricity from your utility company, and that can contribute to lower heating and cooling costs. This is significant, especially when you consider 56% of energy use in a typical U.S. home comes from heating and cooling*. To find out how much you can save by harnessing energy from the sun, use our solar calculator.
IT COMES WITH INCENTIVES
The U.S. federal government and some states provide tax credits for renewable-energy systems. Depending on where you live, you may also be eligible for incentives through your utility company. To find out what incentives are available in your area, visit dsireusa.org
IT INCREASES YOUR ENERGY SELF-RELIANCE
The more sunlight harnessed by the system, the less electricity you need from your utility supplier.
IT CAN ALSO INCREASE YOUR HOME’S VALUE
An investment in a solar energy system may improve the value of your home. Surveys conducted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development have shown that, for every $1,000 saved per year, $20,000 may be added to a home’s value.
IT’S EXTREMELY RELIABLE
The sun has been around for billions of years and is likely to burn on for billions more to come. And when you consider how a trusted name like Lennox is putting it to economical use in the home, it is easy to see solar energy’s future is bright.
*U.S. Department of Energy statistics
How Solar Works
LEARN HOW TO PUT THE SUN’S POWER TO WORK IN YOUR HOME.
Solar energy is an infinitely renewable resource that uses the sun’s rays to generate electricity for use in your home. By going solar, you can reduce your energy costs and also lower your dependence on fossil fuels, thereby making your own contribution to a cleaner environment.
A residential solar energy system uses solar modules, made up of photovoltaic (PV) cells, to harvest the sun’s energy and convert it into electricity that can be used to power your lights, appliances and other electrical devices in the home.
TYPES OF SOLAR SYSTEMS
Grid-tied PV systems
A grid-tied system is the most common and least expensive of all residential solar systems. It allows you to use your own solar-generated electricity to save energy and reduce costs. At times when the PV system isn’t producing electricity, such as at night, electricity is provided by the utility company’s grid or network of power stations.
One of the benefits of a grid-tied system is that any excess electricity produced by your solar system can be fed back to the grid through a process known as net-metering. With net-metering, which is available in most areas,your meter spins forward when you use electricity from the grid. The less electricity you use from off the grid, the slower your meter spins. Even better, when you are feeding electricity back to the grid, your meter spins backwards!
It is important to note that the government and utility company offer rebate incentives that can make installing a solar system so much more affordable, and these usually are not available unless your system is grid-tied.
Stand-alone PV systems
Stand-alone PV systems, also called off-the-grid or off-grid, operate independently from the utility grid, providing all of the electricity needed in the home. Stand-alone systems are much more expensive than grid-tied systems. However, for homes located in remote areas without utility service, or where installing power lines would be extremely costly, a stand-alone system is a good option.
ADVANTAGES OF THE SUNSOURCE® HOME ENERGY SYSTEM
The SunSource Home Energy System is a grid-tied PV system that uses a high-efficiency air conditioner or heat pump from the Dave Lennox Signature® Collection as its platform. These units come solar-ready, which means you can add solar modules to create a solar energy system, if and when you want one.
Upgrading to a high-efficiency air conditioner or heat pump from Lennox will allow you to reduce the energy demand of your home before adding solar.
You can start small, with one or two modules, and add more (up to 15 total, per outdoor unit) when your needs change or budget permits.
How SunSource works to reduce your utility costs
- The solar modules harness the sun’s energy to power the SunSource® Solar-Ready heat pump or air conditioner.
- When the heat pump or air conditioner is not running, the solar power can also operate other electrical devices in your home.
- With net-metering, any surplus power goes back to the grid, possibly entitling homeowners like you to a credit.
- A communication module, which send performance information for each solar module to a monitoring website, allows you to see the system status, energy production and the environmental benefits of using renewable energy for your home.
To learn more about how the SunSource Home Energy System works, tour our solar house.
Learn how the SunSource® Home Energy System works to cut your utility costs.
The SunSource® Home Energy System uses free, abundant solar energy to generate electricity for heating and cooling your home. It can even provide enough electricity to power your lights, appliances and more. The SunSource system is expandable, affordable and remarkably uncomplicated.
Condensing Unit – Select air conditioners and heat pumps from the Dave Lennox Signature® Collection can be modified with a simple upgrade to serve as the platform for the SunSource Home Energy System.
Solar Modules – As few as one or as many as 15 solar modules can be added at the time of installation or in the future. These modules convert solar energy into usable electrical power for your home.
Communication Module – Uses your broadband Internet connection to send performance information for each solar module to a third-party website where you can see how your SunSource System is working.
Performance-Monitoring Website – Gives you 24/7 access to real-time data showing system status, energy production and environmental benefits, including carbon offsets. Monitoring service is provided free for five years.