Use Solar Products to Help Lower Utility Costs. Using free energy from the sun to power your house will substantially lower your utility costs. You just need a system to take in 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 tranforms it into electricity that’s used mostly 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 think, even if your solar energy system only produces enough electricity for the AC and furnace, you can still likely cut your energy bill in half every year. However, the more modules you install, the more electricity you could produce. Energy that isn’t used for your heating and cooling products will be used to power other appliances in your home, such as your refrigerator and washing machine, or lights and any other items you plug into an outlet. We’re talking TVs, chargers – anything! Now if your solar energy system is providing electricity to these devices, too, you’re substantially reducing your dependence on the utility company. Each month you may find yourself paying less and less to the utility company at all. What’s even better is that with net-metering, you can still use power from the grid if needed, and you’ll be credited for any additional power your system generates that is put 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 know 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 paired with other ENERGY STAR-qualified products, such as our Lennox Signature® Series air conditioners and gas furnaces , you could further reduce your utility expenses. Want more explanation or to see how these products can work for your home? Call Garoken Energy Co. Inc. in Beaverton at 503-848-3838 or schedule an appointment online to see how you can lower your utility costs.