When Terre Haute, Indiana, residents Bret and Karrin Frost contacted local HVAC contractor Paitson Bros. to replace their outdated furnace and air conditioner, they were offered an option they never expected.
“I suggested our highest-efficiency system, and then I asked them, ‘Do you want this with or without solar?’” said Paitson Bros. owner Jeff Paitson.
“We found this intriguing, both from an energy-saving standpoint and a cost-savings perspective,” said Karrin.
“When Jeff introduced us to the SunSource system,” adds Bret, “it was a natural progression. The idea of going solar became more realistic.”
Plus, Karrin notices that “the temperature has been very comfortable and I haven’t had to tinker with the thermostat,” while Bret notices a big difference in indoor air quality.
“It didn’t take long to see the savings,” said Bret, who notes that he was thrilled to see the electric meter run backwards. “A couple of times, the meter has been dead stopped. And we’re already in the double digits of trees saved,” he added, referring to the system’s ability to monitor carbon offsets in the form of oil barrels saved and trees planted.
*Through June 2011