When Dr. Robert Rynearson and his wife, Marjie, began to seek ways to lower their $500-$600 monthly utility bills, they turned to their son, a Chicago resident and passionate proponent of renewable energy.
Their system, which consisted of two outdated air conditioners and a furnace that was very noisy at startup—“like an earthquake beginning,” according to Marjie—already needed replacement. Plus, in spite of the large monthly energy expenditure, there were still “plenty of cold spots in various areas of the home.”
The Rynearson's home was largely shaded, making solar installation to the roof impractical. Instead, the Rynearson's offered their adjacent property, which they purchased to avoid having it developed. With lots of sun and plenty of room, it proved a viable option for the SunSource installation.
Within three months of the installation, the Rynearsons are already seeing the energy savings. So far, they have saved 1.41 megawatt hours (MWh), and approximately $225—roughly half—off their monthly utility bills.*
"We're extremely happy with the SunSource Home Energy System," said Marjie. "Previously, we set our thermostat on 75 or 76. Now, we keep it at 80 and feel just fine. In fact, sometimes 78 just feels too cold."
*Through June 2011