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Why Solar? And Why in Haverhill?

The innovative, energy-efficient technology of solar energy is a hot topic, but most people think that it is expensive and unobtainable for the common household. However, using solar energy to power your home might be easier that you might think. New products are continuously available that make solar energy benefits more accessible to the average person. Portable panels of different sizes and capabilities are expanding the reach of solar energy efficiency, whether it’s a small panel that can charge a single mobile device or an installed row of panels large enough to power your whole HVAC system.

There are many benefits to utilizing solar energy in your home:

  • your home’s energy efficiency will increase immensely,
  • you can reduce your carbon footprint and lower your emission of greenhouse gases, and
  • your energy bills will decrease over time.

According to the EPA, the average home has a 5 kW energy system. For a system that size, 7,100 kWh can be produced annually with solar energy, reducing annual carbon emissions by 4.9 metric tons.

According to EnergySave, the average household consumes 11,000 kWh of energy per year, spending around $1,400 a year on electricity alone. Taking into account the national averages for solar energy system size, electricity demand, utility rate inflation and state electricity rate, Massachusetts homes can save up to an estimated $30,243 over 20 years with solar panels in their homes. According to the EnergySave Solar Calculator, Haverhill homes can see payback on their solar energy investments in 4.6 years on average, and may also see a 3 percent increase in property value.

All these data points help put the impact of solar energy into perspective, but is this type of energy easily accessible through Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone? Is using solar energy possible in Haverhill’s weather? The answer to both questions is “yes”! Climate Zone offers a variety of air conditioners and heat pumps with solar capabilities—check them out here.

The weather in Haverhill offers excellent conditions for utilizing solar energy. In fact, many companies and households have already been reaping the rewards of solar energy. You may even remember the construction of a solar energy farm on Hilldale Avenue back in 2010. While Haverhill’s average number of hours of sunlight is high, solar panels also produce electricity on overcast or rainy days. Visible light can still get through clouds and infrared light comes through even more easily because of its longer wavelengths.

You have all the details now (maybe even more that you needed), but how can you start benefitting from solar energy? What can Climate Zone do to help? Talk with one of our experts about using solar energy. We can give you a free consultation at your home to help you better understand the process of integrating solar into your energy use. During this consultation, your roof will be examined for space, size and position considerations (roofs with exposure to the sun from the south usually give the best solar power results). You should also check with your utility company or Massachusetts Clean Energy Center to determine if they offer any rebates or credits for homeowners using solar energy.

Solar energy implementation doesn’t have to be expensive or unobtainable anymore. Our experts at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone in Haverhill are here to answer your questions and help make your home more energy efficient. Give us a call at 978-872-1190 to speak with a certified technician, or schedule an appointment with us online for your solar consultation.

At some point we’ve all sarcastically said or heard the phrase, “the joys of home ownership.” When you’re in need of an air conditioner replacement is certainly one of those times, but replacing your air conditioner isn’t all bad news. Air conditioners are being made more efficient than ever. This mean lowering your energy usage, which can save you money. Another way to save money with a new system is by utilizing rebates and tax credits.

You could qualify for utility rebates and other local incentive programs when you purchase a high-efficiency air conditioner from Lennox®. You’ll improve the comfort of your home, while also saving money.

The team at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone has been approved by Mass Save as an AC Check Trained Contractor. Mass Save ensures that the contractors they work with have been trained in proper airflow and charge protocols through their heating and cooling program and that your newly installed equipment operates according to manufacturer’s specifications. We will work with you to ensure you’re getting all the rebates and incentives available as they tend to change quickly so it’s best to take advantage of them as soon as they become available.

If you’ve decided to take your efficiency to the next level and go the solar air conditioner route, such as the SunSource® Home Energy System, you’ll be eligible for a federal renewable-energy tax credit through 2016. If you were thinking of solar, now is definitely the time.

The professionals at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone pride ourselves in keeping you comfortable and want you to truly find the joy in homeownership. We are available to assist you in all of your home comfort needs, 24/7. We can talk you through the rebates and savings that are available to you and help you ensure you’re getting the right system to fit your specific needs. Give us a call with any questions at (978) 872-1190 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.