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Now more than ever it’s important to take personal steps to decrease your carbon footprint on the earth. As world leaders make plans to decrease carbon emissions worldwide, the threat of climate change can seem distant and far away. However, we are already seeing the beginning of the devastating effects it will have on the earth and humanity alike.

One of the ways that homeowners can reduce their carbon footprint is to turn to alternate forms of energy production, like wind and solar power. In this article, we’ll discuss residential solar power, its benefits to you as a homeowner, and the different options you have available.

Why go solar?

Aside from the vitally important environmental aspect we mentioned above, rooftop solar is becoming increasingly beneficial to homeowners. Not only are many homeowners seeing their electricity bills cut in half, but leasing programs make installing panels a zero-liability issue for homeowners worried about damage to the panels or to their roof.

Solar technology is constantly improving. In the very near future, consumers will be able to move entirely off the grid when it comes to producing electricity for their home.

Tesla’s Elon Musk recently announced a fully integrated solar rooftop that he claims will be as affordable if not cheaper than a regular roof. The bonus? The power that Tesla’s roofs produce will be able to be stored in an integrated battery.

Aesthetics

Homeowners are often worried about the way their homes will look with solar panels on them, which is a valid concern. Fortunately, new technology has made solar more visually appealing than ever. Soon, homeowners will have the option of choosing between different styles of solar roofs that look like regular shingles.

Alternatively, if you don’t want the solar panels at your home at all, there are currently companies that allow homeowners to utilize off-site solar panels for their home. This is ideal if your home isn’t in a position to receive much sunlight, or if you just don’t want to have to deal with the panels being on your property at all.

Thinking ahead

When considering solar, you also have the future to consider. Not just of the planet, but of your wallet. Solar is an investment. If you plan on paying off your solar panels within 10 years, you could end up with years of free electricity, which adds up.

Similarly, many solar programs offer a guarantee that your rates won’t go up or they will rise slower than standard utility companies. So, even if you can’t afford to buy your solar system outright, you can still invest in the long term.

Helping the economy

Fossil fuel defenders often claim the loss of jobs associated with the increase of the renewable energy industries. At the same time, jobs to manufacture, sell, install, and repair solar and wind power are skyrocketing.

Regardless of which option you choose, reducing your carbon footprint is doing your small part to help the environment for your children and grandchildren. And, it can save you a lot of money in the long run too.



29 Birch Hill Rd, Ashland, MA 01721

Rental

$1,900
Price

5
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Wonderfully cared for cape style home w/many recent updates including newer windows, newer roof, updated baths. Hardwoods throughout most of home. White kitchen cabinets make it light and welcoming. Cozy fireplaced living room with built-in shelving. W/D provided in lower level. Shed storage as well as basement space. Requires first, last & one month security for move-in, good credit, no smoking
Open House
Wednesday
August 23 at 5:00 PM to 5:45 PM
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Location: 29 Birch Hill Rd, Ashland, MA 01721    Get Directions

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298 Main Street, Norfolk, MA 02056

Single-Family

$619,900
Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
So Much! So New! Impressive in every way! There is masterful craftsmanship evident in every turn of this 4 bedroom 2 1/2 bath colonial. Truly one of a kind. High ceilings, energy efficient HERS rated, Hardy plank siding, PVC exterior trim, all new Anderson windows, all LED lighting, hardwood floors, crown molding, spacious rooms, open floor concept are just to list a few of so many upgrades. Fantastic kitchen with large island, white cabinets, granite countertops, striking backsplash, large walk-in pantry and stainless steel appliances. First floor office. Grand master suite with a captivating master bath and 2 walk-in closets. Second floor laundry. Finished basement for an additional family room. Great yard for entertaining, 2 tier patio, 4 car detached garage with ample room for a work area and storage.
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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15 Kathryn L, Holliston, MA 01746

Rental

$1,075
Price

4
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
Beautifully remodeled apartment on the first level ready for immediate occupancy. Eat-in kitchen with new cabinets and access to large back yard. Updated full bath. Generous size bedrooms with new carpeting. Looking for good credit, non smoker, with no pets, be the first to live in this newly remodeled apartment. Requires first, last and one month security for move in.
Open House
Tuesday
August 22 at 5:00 PM to 5:45 PM
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Location: 15 Kathryn L, Holliston, MA 01746    Get Directions




Looking to buy a house? Ultimately, you'll want to attend at least a few open houses in your city or town. By doing so, you'll be able to understand exactly what you'd like to find in your dream house.

Before you attend an open house, there are several factors to consider, and these include:

1. Your Homebuying Budget

With a budget in hand, you can narrow your search for the ideal home. That way, you can avoid the temptation to attend open houses for residences that fall outside your price range.

To establish a homebuying budget, take a look at your current financial situation. Then, consider your future expenses like those related to student loans or children and plan accordingly.

In addition, it never hurts to get pre-approved for a home loan. If you gain pre-approval, you can enter the housing market with a budget in hand and review a broad array of houses that match your budget.

2. Your Homebuying Checklist

If you're living to a warm-weather climate, you may want to own a home with a swimming pool. Or, if you plan to reside near the ocean, you may consider houses where you can dock your boat nearby.

Create a homebuying checklist before you visit open houses. This will allow you to streamline your home search and accelerate the homebuying journey.

Also, it may help to separate your homebuying checklist into "wants" and "must-haves." Although your dream house may not include all of your homebuying checklist "wants," you can use these categories to determine exactly what you'd like to find in your ideal residence.

3. Your Homebuying Timeline

Are you planning to move next week or in the next several weeks? Some homebuying journeys are faster than others, and you'll want to map out your property buying journey based on when you need to move.

For example, if you've accepted a new job in the city, you may need to move quickly to relocate. This may require you to act so you can get settled in a new home before you begin your new job.

Comparatively, if you're in no rush to relocate, you can take a wait-and-see approach to the housing market. And if you attend an open house and like what you see, then you can submit an offer to acquire a residence.

If you're unsure about how to approach open houses, there is no need to worry. In fact, many real estate agents are available in cities and towns nationwide to assist homebuyers.

A real estate agent can offer expert insights into a home before a homebuyer attends an open house. Plus, this housing market professional can provide honest, unbiased homebuying recommendations and will even negotiate with a home seller on a buyer's behalf.

Get ready for an open house – consider the aforementioned factors, and a homebuyer should have no trouble exploring a broad array of residences and finding one that he or she can enjoy for years to come.




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