Solar energy is one of the most practical ways available to reduce your electricity consumption and thus your utility bills. In fact, with the amount of sun we get in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, it seems almost wasteful not to harness that energy. While there are numerous ways you could use solar power, the SunSource Home Energy System from Lennox gives you an easy way to get started.
The system is based on a high-efficiency air conditioner or heat pump combined with compatible solar modules (panels), which are usually mounted on the roof. The solar modules generate solar energy that runs the air conditioner or heat pump.
When you’re not using your A/C or heat pump, you can use the energy generated to run your other home electronics. Remaining energy can be sent back to your DFW power company to provide energy consumption for future use. Some power companies even give you credit on your next electricity bill for the electricity you return to the grid. Check your local utility company for their guidelines on power rebates.
Besides the savings, some of the benefits you’ll enjoy include:
- Reliability — With some basic alterations, certain air conditioners and heat pumps from the highly dependable Dave Lennox Signature Collection can be used with the SunSource Home Energy System.
- Flexibility — Depending on your needs and current budget, you can install from one to 15 solar modules. It’s simple to add more modules in the future if your needs change. It is a plug and play model.
- Use-friendly monitoring — The SunSource system uses a broadband Internet connection to provide you with continuous, real-time performance data on each of your solar modules in an easy-to-understand format. The monitoring system also lets you know when there’s a problem.
- Minimal environmental impact — Solar energy creates no pollution and reduces your dependence on power plants that produce carbon dioxide emissions.
Like many other energy-efficient installations, the Energy Star-qualified condensing unit used with your solar energy system can garner you a hefty tax credit. The Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit affords you a 30 percent credit on the purchase and installation costs of the unit.
For expert advice on using solar-powered other energy-efficient HVAC equipment to lower your energy bills, contact us at AirRite Air Conditioning Company. Homeowners around Dallas-Fort Worth have relied on us for friendly, efficient service since 1955.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about solar energy and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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