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Why Summer is a Great Time of Year for Wood Boiler Installation

As you are aware, wood boilers offer many wonderful benefits. As propane, electric and oil prices continue to rise, wood boilers offer a renewable alternative; wood. The desire to go off-grid or partially off-grid and provide the home with energy efficient heating is ever-growing. As many of us choose to leave the suburbs and create a homestead closer to nature, the need for a more independent heating source continues to grow. So, if you are someone looking to join the club and get in on this better way to heat the home; now is the time to do so! Summer is a fantastic time to get your wood boiler installation underway! As the trusted providers of wood boilers for Green Bay and the surrounding areas, we would like to tell you more about them and why now is a great time to install.

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Summer is a great time of year to enjoy warm weather but it’s also a great time to install a new heat source to have it ready before cooler weather returns. The summer offers a great time for installation because the ground is softer and any necessary digging is much easier. Pipes can easily be buried underground when the soil is softer in summer. 

Wood boilers can even be of good use throughout the rest of the summer! Most well water and city water comes out of the ground at around 52 degrees, even in the summer. Your hot water tank must heat that water from 52 degrees to 110 degrees using lots of fuel like electricity or propane, etc. But if you have a water boiler, your boiler will heat that water for free! Even if you heat your domestic water with your furnace, your hot water heater will use less fuel if you have a wood boiler assisting in the heating process. 

So, this summer, complete your homestead with a wood boiler and have it up and running before autumn! Having heat during the winter months is not an option but a requirement for obvious reasons and the warmth of wood boilers is a natural fit for off-grid heat. Wood is inexpensive, readily available, and a green, renewable fuel. Wood boilers make some of the best options in home heating since they are highly efficient, clean burning, safe and convenient to use! 

Are you interested in learning more about wood boilers for your Green Bay area home or business? Call Strawbale Farms at (715) 214-6683 or Contact Us to learn more.


How Solar Electric Benefits Commercial & Agricultural Properties

Everyone knows the many benefits of solar electric for their homes. But what are the benefits when it comes to commercial businesses and the agricultural industry? At Strawbale Farms, we are well-versed in assisting a variety of clients seeking renewable, affordable energy and that includes everything from private homes to farms. Simply put, we are the experts in solar electric for Minnesota.

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At Strawbale Farms, we understand firsthand the challenges commercial and agricultural sectors face from uncertain markets to unpredictable weather. A Next Energy Solution Solar Energy System from Strawbale Farms can help you control electric costs today and well into the future. In fact, our systems are designed to perform year after year and come with a 30-year performance warranty.

Typically, for both commercial and agricultural properties, the bulk of the electrical usage occurs during the daytime when solar energy is producing the most power. This can offset your usage from the traditional electrical grid resulting in a lower electrical cost to you.

A solar electric system is also a great way to ensure your business’ future and the environment’s future by providing you with dependable, low maintenance, renewable energy. And, by controlling costs long term you will be able to hedge against unforeseen expenses, plan ahead and increased stability and security. 

From dairy farms to car washes to office buildings, solar electric can help your business or your facility be seen as a leader in the green energy movement. A solar electric system can increase the resale value of your property by about $15,000 for every 5KW in system size and solar electric systems are not taxable on your property taxes. Current tax incentives give you a great return on investment for your business! 

And, Next Energy Solution can supply all necessary components and also install and wire the rails and panels. You, the customer, can then hire a local electrician to mount and wire the inverter and disconnects. Many people, especially commercial businesses or farm customers, have electricians they work with already, so this can also be a real money saver.

So, whether your electric load is big or small we will work to help you achieve your energy goals! Discover true energy independence and savings with a solar electric system from Strawbale Farms/ Next Energy Solution.

Join the clean/green energy movement today and get your business started on the path towards increased stability with solar electric from Strawbale Farms. For more information or for a free estimate on a solar electric system in Minnesota, call Dave Jacoby with Strawbale Farms at 715-214-6683 or email heatsmart@ymail.com.


The Federal Solar Tax Credit and Other Financial Benefits of Going Solar in 2019

Have you been considering solar electricity for your Escanaba home or business? Solar panels aren’t just good for the environment — they’re good for people who own them as well. And, the experts here at Strawbale Farms would like to tell you why!

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For one, there’s the Federal Solar Tax Credit. Officially called the “solar investment tax credit” or ITC, it’s a reduction in the federal tax bill of a homeowner or business owner who pays for a solar electricity installation. The ITC is offered by the U.S. federal government for homeowners and commercial solar businesses to help make solar more affordable. So, if you’re a homeowner who buys a solar electric system, you’re entitled to a tax credit of up to 30% of the total cost of that system. In fact, you can wipe out your entire tax bill if your credit is high enough!

It is important to note that solar installations completed after December 31, 2019, won’t be eligible for the 30% tax credit. For 2020, the tax credit steps down to 26%. And, by 2022 it will be down to 10%. So, start planning your solar electricity installation today and ensure you can claim the 2019 30% tax credit!

As long as you own your solar energy system, you are eligible for the solar investment tax credit. Even if you don’t have enough tax liability to claim the entire credit in one year, you can roll over the remaining credits into future years for as long as the tax credit is in effect.

And, solar panels also have a high ROI. Thanks to substantial electricity bill savings, the average homeowner can pay off their solar electric system in 2 to 8 years and see a return on investment when it’s time to sell their home. In fact, solar electricity can add to property values and help sell homes more quickly than those without.

Whether you’re a homeowner or business; electricity costs can make up a large portion of your monthly expenses. With a solar electric system, you’ll generate free power over your system’s entire lifetime.

These are just some of the great reasons to choose solar electricity for your home or business! Discover true energy independence with our supply of Next Energy Solution solar energy. Learn more about solar electricity for your Escanaba home or business today! Call Strawbale Farms at (715) 214-6683 or Contact Us to learn more.


Why Now is a Great Time to go Solar

For those asking themselves “should I go solar”, the answer is a resounding “yes!” Over the years, the price of installation has gone way down and technology has continued to improve. And, if you wait to go solar, you’ll be stuck continuing to pay your high electricity bill every month, which can be increasingly expensive. After all, electric and other energy costs continues to grow all over the county. As the experts in solar electric for Wisconsin and the surrounding areas, we’d like to tell you about more of the great reasons to go solar this spring.Solar Electric Wisconsin

With the temperatures beginning to warm, solar panels make an ideal solution for property owners who want to save money on energy costs. While many homeowners wind up with high energy bills during the summer months from running their air conditioners, you will be reaping the rewards of solar electric. And, you won’t even have to wait for hot weather to hit to enjoy the benefits that solar energy offers! In fact, having a residential solar energy system installed on your home during the spring can be a wise decision for the following reasons:

  • You’ll be ready for summer when it hits. Planning ahead by having one of these systems installed in spring helps ensure that your home or business is ready for air conditioning season.
  • More sunlight. As the hours of sunlight increase from spring to summer, you can count on having steady energy for the needs of your home.
  • Financial incentives. Did you know residential and commercial solar electric systems are eligible for a 30% of total cost rebate through the Federal Investment Tax Credit? Don’t wait to take advantage of this free money, this Tax Credit expires at the end of 2019.
  • Environmental benefits. Summer is the time of year when air quality and other pollution issues rise to the surface. By changing your power system to solar power you can reduce your household’s carbon footprint and the pollution you put out into the environment.
  • Help avoid summer blackouts. As you know, summer is notorious for black outs with all of the air conditioner use. By going solar you will benefit not only your home but your city’s power grid by not contributing to the summer time air conditioner energy drain.

And, these are just some of the great reasons to go solar this spring! Learn more about solar electric for your Wisconsin or Minnesota farm, home or business today! Call Strawbale Farms at (715) 214-6683 or Contact Us to learn more.


Is Biomass Heating the Renewable Way of the Future?

There is an undeniable buzz around renewable energy. In fact, renewables like biomass heating have continued to grow as a sector in recent years. Biomass technology is becoming more and more popular on the domestic market for its energy efficient and low carbon boilers in particular. Did you know that a biomass boiler installed in a home could potentially save up to 40% on standard oil and/or gas bills every year? It is certainly tantalizing for any consumer and its renewable status may even make it the one of the best ways to heat homes moving into the future.

As experts in biomass heating for Duluth and the surrounding areas, we would like to discuss what we think makes wood boilers the way of the future.Biomass Heating Duluth

First, what is ‘biomass’ exactly? Biomass energy is essentially created from any organic material that is available on a renewable basis. Biomass boilers often use wood chips and pellets as suitable fuel. These organic materials are renewable, with growth capable of new resources time and time again, and the ashes from production can even be used as fertilizer.

It’s simple; biomass heating is environmentally friendly, cost-effective, and efficient. On the contrary, coal, gas, and oil are fossil-based, non-renewable resources. And in the last year, costs for these commodities have soared; even electricity prices are climbing. With biomass heating you won’t have to worry about the high cost of wintertime heating again!

The cost of creating biomass is also much less than non-sustainable energy sources, and is better value than most renewable energy options as well. Because of this, positive trends towards renewables are just beginning and the potential for biomass heating to be used on an even larger scale continues to grow. Looking to the future, there is nothing to suggest biomass heating will not be the renewable of our future.

For virtually anyone looking for straightforward, affordable heat; choosing a wood boiler as a heating source is a no-brainer. Ready to get started? At Strawbale Farms, we are well-versed in helping a wide variety of customers from home owners to farmers, commercial and industrial businesses and more essential to Minnesota. If you would like more information about biomass heating for your Duluth area home or business, call Strawbale Farms at 715-214-6683 or Contact Us today! We would love to speak with you and help you find the right wood boiler for your needs.