Whether you’re looking to save thousands on electricity bills, are trying to lower your carbon footprint, or are hoping to become more independent from the electric gird, there are a number of reasons to install a home solar energy system. Today, going solar is an easy and popular way to boost your home’s value and your energy savings, while generating clean energy right at home. In this article, we’ll explain the key things you should know about going solar as a homeowner.Continue reading
Energy management provides a window into how, where, and when you use energy, while giving you the tools to more easily control your usage. With an energy management system, you’ll be able to reduce your electricity bills and get the most out of your solar–and storage–installation.
Energy management systems, offered by companies including Span, Lumin, Schneider, and Generac, can take multiple forms including smart electrical panels and sub panels – typically, they allow you to monitor and control your electricity at the circuit breaker level. In this article, we’ll discuss some key incentives that can help you more affordably upgrade your electrical panel with an energy management system.Continue reading
Electric vehicles (EVs) are growing in popularity, especially with increased options from manufacturers, improvements in technology and range, rebates and incentives, and savings in gas. The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and state-specific incentives also provide options for you to get money back if you install EVSE (electric vehicle supply equipment) aka a home EV charger. According to a JD Power survey in 2021, 88 percent of EV owners say they charge their vehicle at home “often” or “always” – so, if you’re looking to buy an EV and install a charger at home, it’s important to stay to-do-date on the latest rebates and incentives!Continue reading
If you’re considering solar, you’ve probably heard about the federal solar tax credit, also known as the federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC). If you have a solar system on your property, you’ve probably heard about the federal solar tax credit, also known as the federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC). The ITC makes solar more affordable for homeowners and businesses by granting a dollar-for-dollar tax deduction equal to 30% of the total cost of a solar energy system. There’s plenty of information out there about the value of the ITC, but figuring out how to actually claim the credit when it comes time to file your taxes is another story. In this article, we’ll walk you through the instructions step by step from figuring out if you’re eligible to completing Form 5695 to adding it to Schedule 3 and Form 1040.Continue reading
If you live in Massachusetts, there are financial incentives to help you heat and cool your home more efficiently with air source heat pumps. Mass Save® Sponsors help Massachusetts residents save money through energy efficiency and have rebates to help you save money on installing heat pumps. Check out this complete guide to learn all about the air source heat pump rebates available, how to claim your heat pump rebates, and common questions about how the Mass Save rebate program works.Continue reading
Of all the incentives for installing solar panel systems, solar renewable energy certificates (SRECs) are some of the most beneficial, yet most complicated to understand. However, SRECs can provide sizable income to owners of solar power systems that live in eligible markets.Continue reading
The solar industry in the United States is big, and only getting bigger. In the last ten years, solar system installations increased by 20,000 percent! It’s very likely that you know someone (or multiple people) who have installed solar, or are considering it. You might find yourself wondering – how can everyone afford to go solar? That’s a great question, and cost is a major consideration for most people when they’re making a big investment in something like solar.Continue reading
Are you itching to jump into the ever-expanding solar market, but unable to do so because you don’t own your home? Or maybe you’ve been told that rooftop solar is just completely out of the question for your home? Well, you’re in luck because there is still a way for you to start benefiting from solar energy: through community solar. While you won’t save quite as much as with rooftop solar, there are still many reasons to sign up for community solar – and savings is just one of them! In this article, we’ll look at some of the incentives available to community solar subscribers.Continue reading
Colloquially referred to as the “Sunshine State,” Florida doesn’t disappoint: on average, about two-thirds of Florida days are sunny! Florida has risen to the top of solar states with its ample sunshine, coming in at third in the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)’s list of top 10 states with cumulative solar electric capacity installed through 2021.
However, the Florida House and Senate just passed House Bill (HB) 741, which has the potential to damage Florida’s solar industry significantly. In this article, we’ll explain what you need to know about HB 741 and what it could mean for you if you’re a Florida resident.Continue reading
According to Kelley Blue Book, electric vehicle (EV) sales are growing at historic levels: they’ve jumped 72 percent year-over-year to a record 147,799 EVs sold in Q4 2021. With more EVs hitting the market, it might be even harder to decide which one’s right for you! We cover some of the best-selling EVs, what’s coming in 2022, and other factors to consider when going electric.Continue reading