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Solar Energy Systems: How They Work.

If you want a more eco-friendly home, one step is to install a solar energy system. After all, the sun’s energy has been provided to us in Bloomington for millions of years. All Seasons Heating & A/C Co sells the Lennox® SunSource® Energy System to help you create a more efficient home that doesn’t heavily rely on oil and gas.

So how does this system work?

The system uses solar modules, made up of photovoltaic (PV) cells, to take in energy from the sun and convert it to electricity. Afterwards, the electricity will power appliances, lights and other electrical devices in your home – from your HVAC systems to your TV.

Grid-tied PV systems

If you’re located in or around Bloomington, you’ll probably want a grid-tied PV system. These are the least expensive solar energy systems, and they’re linked to your utility company’s power grid – hence the name grid-tied. This allows you to use solar energy from your system when the PVs are collecting energy and use electricity from the grid at times when the system isn’t gathering energy.

Additionally, grid-tied systems enable your system to feed surplus energy back into the grid, which will make your meter spin backwards. We call this process net-metering. The backward spin lets you save on utility expenses that are determined by how far forward your meter has spun.

You should note that most solar rebates and incentives are only available if your system is grid-tied. The second option is a stand-alone PV system, which is more costly. Stand-alone systems are not linked to the utility grid and are nice options when your home is in a remote location, not near a utility service or power lines.

All Seasons Heating & A/C Co in Bloomington is eager to help with your solar energy system questions. Give us a buzz at 812-332-9100 or book an appointment online.