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 only need a system to harvest 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 harvests 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 the typical U.S. home’s energy usage comes from heating and cooling. Just consider this, even if your solar energy system only produces enough electricity for the AC and furnace, you can still potentially 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 equipment 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, computers – anything! Now if your solar energy system is generating electricity for these devices, as well, 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 nicer is that with net-metering, you can still utilize power from the grid if necessary, and you’ll be credited for any additional 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 received ENERGY STAR qualification for meeting certain U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines for energy efficiency. You know which have earned 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 will work for your home? Call Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning in Lodi at 209-368-0556 or schedule an appointment online to see how you can lower your utility costs.