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Summer Savings: Quick Changes to Reduce Summer Utility Bills

How are your summer utility bills treating you? With stretches of hot days and mild nights, perhaps you’ve been running your central air or window units more than you expected. Or, perhaps, with the kiddos home from school, you’re simply using more resources as a family this season. The summer can be an expensive time…

3 Frequently Asked Questions About Switching to Solar

You’ve been thinking about making the switch, you’ve been reading our blog and following us on Facebook… but you haven’t picked up the phone to give us a call yet. It’s mid-summer now; prime time for homes with solar panels installed! You are missing out on the benefits! What’s holding you back? We’re taking the…

Cross-Pond Lessons: What We Can Learn About Living with Climate Change

Living with Climate Change Two weeks ago, the New York Times published a fascinating article on how the Dutch, who live on land that is at or just below sea level, are living with the consequences of climate change. We read the article with great interest and thought we should share. While you can read…

Summer Solstice Celebrations

Happy Summer Solstice Day! Are you joining the celebration today? The summer solstice, the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, is known as “midsummer” or St. John’s Day in certain parts of the world, and it’s a day to celebrate. We’ve already dedicated a blog post to the science of the equinoxes and…

Summer Skincare Tips: Helpful Reminders for Protecting Yourself

Sun and Skin Care As a solar company, we have an obvious love for the sun and we are delighted to share our passion about it with everyone we meet. This is the best time of year to enjoy it to the fullest, with summer vacations on the way, festivals and fireworks soon to follow.…

Prime Time: What to Expect from your Solar Panels this Summer

How do Solar Panels Perform in Summer? It’s finally prime time: long days, blue sky and strong sun means that solar panels in our area will perform at peak capacity for the next few months. If you had your panels installed over the winter, there are so many benefits to look forward to as summer…

The Simple Wonder: Why You Need a Rain Barrel This Year

Late April is a wonderful time in Massachusetts. Finally, the green of spring is coming out in full force and so are the colors of flowers in bloom! Farmers and home gardeners alike are starting to get outside, turn over their soil and prepare for the growing season to come. Did you know that outdoor…

A Functional Ornament: Why You Should Plant a Rain Garden This Year

Planting a Rain Garden With the suddenly warm weather and the bright, sunny skies, you may be itching to get out of the house and start working on your yard. There is so much to do: seeds to sow, grass to fertilize, garden beds to mulch and compost to turn over… but have you given…

Green Cleaning Tips for the Greening Season

Winter is Ending! Time to Start a Fresh New Season! With Spring’s official arrival, you may be looking around your house with an eye toward spring cleaning. It’s that time of year again: time to declutter, open the windows to let the fresh air in, and give the house a floor-to-ceiling scrub down. Spring Cleaning…

Spring is About the Sol: Three Sun Facts to Honor the Spring Equinox

The Spring Equinox Has Arrived! We did it, New England! The Vernal Equinox arrived at 6:28am on March 20th, signifying the first day of Spring, the beginning of our longest days of the year, and the promise of warmer days to come. So, what does the Spring Equinox mean and why does it matter? Why…

3 Revolutionary Women in the Solar Industry – International Women’s Day 2017

International Women's Day 2017 International Women’s Day is a day where we celebrate the social, economical, cultural, and political achievements of women. International Women's Day has been observed since in the early 1900's - a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical…

5 Tips to Save Money on Your Electricity Bill

Looking to Save Money on Electricity Bills? Everyone is always looking for new ways to save money, and there is no better time to start than now. With energy costs on the rise, a great place to save money is within your electric bill. To help you accomplish this, we have created five tips to keep your…

Energy Efficient Appliances: 4 Things that Matter to You

It’s a big week for appliance sales. Are you in the market for new energy efficient appliances? If you’re looking for something new, make sure you do your homework. Major appliances come with two price tags: the price you pay in store and the price you pay to run it over time.

Energy Star Appliances: Look for This Label Above All Others!

Energy Star Appliances President’s Day is coming and, in Massachusetts, that means two things: First, school vacation week is coming up fast and, second, it’s almost time to catch an awesome sale on a new appliance. Traditionally, big-box stores have huge sales on home appliances over President’s Day weekend. Are you in the market for…

How do Solar Panels Work?

How do Solar Panels Work? As more people start to go solar, you might start wondering, how do solar panels work? What causes these rectangular, window-looking objects to take in the sun’s light and turn it into energy for use in your home? One hundred years ago, this technology did not even exist, but now…

4 Tips for Making the Most Out of Solar Panels

On the path to going solar or already have solar panels on your roof? Excellent! But why not do a few simple things to make the most out of your solar panels? These four tips can help anyone increase their energy production and make the most out of solar panels…

Quick-Start Guide: 5 Money-Saving Energy Tips to Implement RIGHT NOW

You may have already read articles on money-saving energy tips to help you kickstart a prosperous new year. You probably think you’ve gone through them all! Or, maybe you’ve gotten your first energy bill of the year and you’re wondering if you can do more. Here are five easy things you can do today to…

6 Tips to Save Money on Heating Bills this Winter

Looking to Save Money on Heating Bills? Winter weather presents enough challenges, and adding the extra burden of expensive heating bills does not help at all. If the winter is especially cold, the cost to heat your home can add up quickly. Are you looking for creative ways to lower your heating bill this winter?…

What Is Mass Save and How Can It Help Me Save on Energy in 2017?

We know that you are committed to save on energy in 2017. You are probably doing well with the basics: turning off the lights when you leave the room, keeping your thermostat at a reasonably low temperature… but you probably won’t be too surprised to know that there is plenty more you can do. Massachusetts residents can get a little extra help finding out how they can save thanks to the Mass Save program.

The Ultimate Green Gift: Giving Solar This Holiday Season

Giving the gift of solar in the form of an initial deposit on a system this holiday season is a thoughtful gift that makes a difference! It helps the environment, making a difference for all of us, and it helps the recipient’s energy cost, saving them thousands of dollars over the life of the system.

Ahead of the Game: Why Winter is the Perfect Season to Go Solar

Snowflakes are falling, the cold wind is blowing, and we’re experiencing the shortest days of the year. So why should you be thinking about going solar in the winter months? Is winter a good time to sign up for solar? The answer to your question is: yes!

Tips for Making the Most Out of Solar Power – Part 3

Save more every month by maximizing your solar power! If you’ve invested in solar panels for your Sherborn home, then you are probably already saving quite a bit on your monthly energy bill. But what if there was a way to maximize your solar power and save even more? If you are interested in saving…

Tips for Making the Most Out of Solar Power – Part 2

Recoup your investment in solar energy by making the most out of it! Typically, a standard solar power system will be able to account for around 75 percent of your annual energy needs. By learning how to maximize your solar energy, you will not only be able to recoup the investment you made in solar…

Tips for Making the Most Out of Solar Power – Part 1

Have you recently invested in solar panels for your home? If so, congratulations! You’ve made a great step towards living a more sustainable life. While simply having solar panels is a wonderful way to save money every single month, there are many things you can do around your home to make your solar power work…

Why You Should Go Solar – Part 2

There’s never been a better time to go solar! Solar energy can be a great thing for homeowners everywhere! Whether you are looking to save on your monthly electric bills or you wish to protect Mother Earth, taking advantage of solar energy in your Lexington home is a great option. In our last blog, the…

Why You Should Go Solar – Part 1

Have you thought about going solar? The solar industry is booming and with good reason. Many people have started to sit up and take notice of the many benefits that are associated with solar energy, and today, more homes have solar panels than ever before. And, according to GTM Research, one solar PV system is…
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