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04_18_13Have you heard of SunSource Home Energy Systems? The SunSource Home Energy System uses solar energy, captured by solar panels, to generate electricity used to heat and cool your home. A SunSource Home Energy System can even provide enough electricity to power more than just your HVAC system – depending on the climate in which you live, the SunSource System can provide enough energy to power your lights, appliances such as your refrigerator, and more.

A SunSource Home Energy System uses solar modules to collect the sun’s energy and convert it into electricity, which can then be used to power your lights, appliances and other electrical devices in the home. A grid-tied solar energy system is the most common and least expensive of all residential solar systems, and that’s what many SunSource Home Energy customers use. A grid system allows you to use your own solar-generated electricity to save energy and reduce costs. At times when the system isn’t collecting energy, such as at night, power for your home is provided by your local utility company’s grid. Think of it as a “hybrid” system!

Another benefit of SunSource Home Energy Systems are the tax incentives many homeowners are eligible for after installing the system. We should note that most government and utility company incentives that homeowners are eligible for after installing a SunSource Home Energy System will only be able to be achieved if you have a grid-tied system. This is in part because of a benefit of a grid system called “net-metering.” With net-metering, when your home uses power from the power company’s grid, your meter spins forward. The less electricity your home uses from the grid, the slower your meter spins. And when your home gives electricity back to the power company’s grid, your meter spins backwards! In other words, the power company can benefit from your SunSource Home Energy system as well, which is why most homeowners who install a SunSource system are eligible for tax incentives and other benefits. This can make installing a solar system so much more affordable.

You can also install a stand-alone solar energy collection system, known as being off-the-grid, but the tax incentives usually aren’t available with this option. This is because an off-grid system operates independently from the power company’s grid, providing only your home with power. Stand-alone systems are much more expensive because your home is so dependent on this system. But this type of solar energy system could make sense for many homeowners, for example those with homes located in remote areas without utility service. Plus, you still get the added benefit of doing something great for the environment!

SunSource is a grid-tied system, and it uses a high-energy heat pump or air conditioner that’s solar-ready, meaning you can add solar modules to the system whenever it’s convenient for you and your home. The great thing about this is that you can start small, with just a few modules, then add more as your budget permits and depending on the needs of your home. That’s a great benefit of using SunSource – the system can be installed and used in the way that works best for you. And, when the heat pump or AC isn’t running, the SunSource system can operate other electrical appliances in your home, such as the refrigerator and TV.

Another benefit of the SunSource system is how much you’ll learn about your home and its energy consumption. With most utility companies, you simply receive a bill every month that says how much energy your home used, and you pay the bill. Pretty normal, right? With a SunSource Home Energy System, you get so much more than that! SunSource systems come with a communication dashboard, which shows you the performance information for each solar module. You can also view the SunSource system’s energy production, and you’ll see the environmental benefits of using renewable energy for your home by showing you how much energy you’re saving.

So how do you find out if a SunSource system is right for your home? First, call your a HVAC professional who is certified in installing SunSource systems. Then, they will help you determine if your home’s roof gets enough sun for a SunSource system to work for you. They’ll also help you make sure your roof has enough square footage to install the solar modules for a SunSource system. Next, something you’ll need to do is check with the city planning office or land surveyor in your city, to make sure that there are no building codes that would prevent you from installing a SunSource system. It’s also a good idea to check with your neighborhood governance board, to make sure your neighborhood doesn’t have rules that would block you from installing a SunSource system.

Before installing the SunSource system, the installation professional you work with should also make sure that your home has up-to-date electrical wiring, since there are required specifications that must be met by your home in order to be eligible for a SunSource system. It’s a good idea to ask your utility provider if they offer special price breaks, too. Sometimes power companies offer price breaks in addition to the tax benefits you may be eligible to receive from the government. Once everything has been checked out and verified, your SunSource Home Energy System is ready to be installed!

There are many tax credits you may be eligible for after installing a grid-tied SunSource system. There’s a tax credit for installing the solar-ready heat pump or air conditioner that serves as the platform for the SunSource system. There’s also a federal solar credit that equals 30 percent of the cost with no limit of the SunSource solar modules – including installation! As you can imagine, this makes installing a SunSource Home Energy System much more affordable. You can also potentially have a portion of any solar-ready products you purchase be covered by the tax credit. In most cases, in order to be eligible for a federal tax incentive, you just have to install a solar-ready outdoor unit and attach it to at least one solar module. Then, your home will be able to benefit from using solar energy, and your wallet will benefit from the tax incentives!

Installing a SunSource Home Energy System is a fantastic way to save energy costs and help the environment. If you’re interested in installing a SunSource system, contact your local HVAC installation professional today.