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Go Solar for Spring

It’s almost March which means spring is just around the corner! With spring and summer comes spring cleaning and home improvement projects galore! And, one of the best investments you can make for your home this spring is solar electric installation! There are many benefits to installing a solar power system to your home. It is a good thing to do at any time of year, but can be especially beneficial during the summer months. At Strawbale Farms, we specialize in solar electricity for Wisconsin and the surrounding areas and we would like to tell you more about its many benefits and how you can get started on your very own solar electricity system installation.

Solar Electric Customer RogerFREE MONEY!

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. You may also be eligible for more rebates and incentives through your electric utility. Call Dave at Strawbale Farms for more information. Generate Revenue and Electricity with Solar Electric!

Money Savings

One of the most significant benefits of going solar is the saving you’ll enjoy. With solar electricity you can dramatically reduce and possibly eliminate your current electrical bill. Switching to solar energy protects you and your family from the annual rising costs of electricity. So save some money and switch to solar this summer!

Environmental Benefits

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. This will help keep the air clean, reduce greenhouse gasses and positively impact the environment.

Use Less Energy

With a high quality solar electricity system installation, you will no longer use as much, if any, of the city power and this will help the functioning of the whole grid. 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 benefits of choosing solar electricity. Here are a few more of our favorite solar electric benefits:

  • Zero gas
  • No fumes
  • No noise
  • Maintenance-free operation
  • Energy efficiency for life
  • Increased resale value
  • Energy independence

So, don’t hesitate any longer, invest in solar electricity for your home today! We work to help you achieve your energy goals, whether you are a small home, a large compound or anything in between. Discover true energy independence with our supply of Next Energy Solution solar energy. Learn more about solar electricity for your Wisconsin or Minnesota farm, home or business today! Call Strawbale Farms at (715) 214-6683 or Contact Us to learn more.


Benefits of an Outdoor Wood Boiler in Our Cold Climate

In Wisconsin and Minnesota, winters can be long. So, finding the best form of heating for your unique home is essential. Burning wood has been a primary heat source for humans for centuries. And saying it has evolved over time is an understatement. Outdoor wood boilers are an efficient, beneficial way to heat the home, especially in our cold, rural climate.

Outdoor Wood Boiler Minnesota

Heat is vital to life in the world’s cold climates. And, as experts in alternative energy we are here to tell you all about choosing an outdoor wood boiler for your Minnesota home as well as its incredible benefits.

An outdoor wood boiler is a steel or a cast iron box lined with firebrick. They mostly heat by convection, meaning it heats the air surrounding it, which then moves around the home.

Outdoor wood boilers are in widespread use across the area due to the abundance of wood, the ease of use and intense cold. They are also used as a supplementary or back up system to a traditional boiler.

Any building, commercial or residential can be heated with a versatile outdoor wood furnace system. You can also heat the water in your home, hot tubs or swimming pools. Some people use larger systems so that they can simultaneously heat workshops, barns and their home.

At Strawbale Farms, we sell Portage & Main outdoor wood boilers; one of the longest lasting and best built boilers in the industry.

In addition to the outdoor wood boiler, we also sell other Portage & Main boilers, including ones that burn coal, wood chips and pellets. Each product we sell provides the needed energy for heat with the use of much less firewood or coal than conventional stoves.

These are all perfect for rural Minnesota as well as our extremely cold climate. It’s simple. Keep it burning and keep things warm. You only need to manually feed your boiler once a day or even every couple of days. And, you don’t need to rely on “the grid” for your home’s heat. It’s ideal for those looking to live off the grid and take control of their own energy.

They are also affordable. Just try and heat your home with electric or oil and see what that can cost! Biomass heating and energy efficient outdoor wood boilers can completely change your winter.

So don’t hesitate any longer. Give us a call today! If you would like more information about an outdoor wood boiler for your Minnesota 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 product for your needs.

Biomass Heating: A Win-Win for Your Home

This winter, the cost of heating with fuel oil is expected to reach an all time high. Propane prices are up, too. And, heating with electricity is the least efficient and most expensive of all. So, what is a home owner to do? State-of-the-art biomass furnaces and boilers from Strawbale Farms can reduce heating costs dramatically compared to all other forms of heat. Biomass heating at your Wisconsin home is 100% renewable and can provide many great benefits as it keeps your home comfortable and warm. As experts in biomass heating, the experts here at Strawbale Farms would like to provide a few of our favorite benefits to this wonderful, renewable and sustainable way to heat your rural homestead.wood boilers

Concerned about your carbon footprint?

Reduce your reliance on fossil fuels with biomass heating. Instead of burning fossil fuels for energy, biomass heating uses organic materials like wood or pellets. Biomass heating is a green form of energy! Biomass is considered a carbon neutral form of energy because the carbon dioxide released when it is burned is only that which was absorbed by the plant during its life.

Looking for a more consistent, affordable form of energy?

A major financial benefit of using biomass boilers for heating is that there is less exposure to the fluctuations of the energy market. In the last year or so, market prices have fluctuated and the cost is always passed onto the consumer. But with biomass heating, you always know what your heating costs will be from year to year. 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.

Want to go off-grid?

With biomass heating you will be able to go off of the grid and enjoy your independence, generating your own heating. Why pay the utility company when you can pay yourself by generating your own heat?

Outdoor wood boilers take up zero living space and are extremely cost-effective. Our Portage & Main Boilers are known as the “Original Efficient One” and are the most efficient wood boilers in the industry.

For more information about biomass heating for your 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 product for your needs.

Firing Up the Furnace

The first day of autumn is September 22 and winter is just around the corner. Temperatures are already dropping pretty low at night. So, it’s that time of year again; time to start preparing the outdoor wood furnace! But, before you fire it up or look into a new boiler for your home, there are a variety of tips to keeping your outdoor wood furnace in good shape all season long.

Outdoor Wood Furnace Minneapolis

As an outdoor wood furnace owner near Minneapolis, you know all too well how important it is to the warmth and well-being of your home. That’s why Strawbale Farms would like to offer a few tips as well as a few great benefits to owning a Portage & Main Boiler this time of year.


At the start of heating season, excess boiler water should be drained off before starting the boiler. It should be kept for use as “top up” water as it is already treated with boiler treatment for proper pH, Nitirites and conductivity levels.

Also consider your wood fuel. Burn dry seasoned wood. Wood is a type of hydrocarbon, and common properties of hydrocarbons are; they produce steam, carbon dioxide and heat during combustion. Therefore, the dryer the wood the less moisture is created during the combustion process. Wood can/should be seasoning all spring/summer. Some wood types like oak actually require two seasons.


Keep your boiler, fire chamber, heat exchanger and ash collection area clean and dry. Check and clean regularly, even if it is the off season. When cleaning your furnace, pay attention to the heat exchanger. The cleaner it is the more efficient the boiler will be.

Firing Up the Unit

Build a small fire, and add wood as needed. Be sure pumps are circulating when firing the furnace.

Heat Control

Outdoor wood boilers also have an aquastat control that keeps the water temperature at a constant level, which is difficult to achieve with an indoor woodstove or fireplace.

Each product we sell provides the heat you need with much less firewood than conventional stoves. Energy efficiency is one of the best benefits to owning a Portage & Main outdoor wood boiler; there are many other great benefits as well!

If you have questions about firing up your outdoor wood furnace near Minneapolis this fall, do not hesitate to give us a call. Call Strawbale Farms today at 715-214-6683 or Contact Us for more information.

Going Solar: Solar Solutions from Strawbale Farms/Next Energy Solution

Eliminate high electric bills for life with a high quality solar electric system. Home, farm and business owners across Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan’s upper Peninsula are realizing the many incredible benefits of solar energy and Strawbale Farms/NES is here to provide simple and affordable solutions! So it is our pleasure to offer solar electric systems tailored to your needs. Our most popular package is our RTI (ready-to-install) system that includes all the panels, rails, mounting hardware, disconnects, inverter, installation instructions, wiring diagrams and technical support so you can install the system quickly and easily yourself and save money! Remember all tools purchased for the installation of a solar electric system are also eligible for the 30% federal tax rebate. Our next package is our Electrician Ready, where we do the full installation up to the wiring of the disconnect and inverter and the customer hires their own electrician to finish the job. We also offer full turnkey systems where we do all the work. In all cases NES helps you with the paperwork for the interconnection agreement with your electric

There are so many benefits to choosing solar electric for your farm, home or business. Whether your electric load is big or small we 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. Some benefits include:

  • Maintenance-Free Operation
  • Faster Paybacks 2 to 4 Year Average
  • Thirty-Year Performance Warranty
  • Increased Property Resale Value, Approximately Three Dollars Per Installed Watt
  • Energy Independence for Life
  • 5K W Systems and Stall and Only 3 to 5 Hours
  • High 98.5% Efficiency Systems
  • Eligible for 30% federal tax rebate! Also May Be Eligible For Other Rebates through your Utility
  • Excellent financing packages available. Please Call for More Information

Once your solar electric system is installed, it can reliably generate free electricity for 40 years or more. And, 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. Whatever your solar energy needs may be, we will work with you to find a solution. Dave Jacoby from Strawbale Farms will come directly to your property to take a look at your home, farm or business and help determine what solar electric products will work best for you. We offer a variety of solar panel specifications, battery specifications and inverter specifications to suit your specific location.

We provide a variety of solar solutions including solar generators for remote power:
Are you a contractor? Have a cabin in the woods? Fishing or deer camp? Just need dependable portable electricity? If so, check out our solar generators!
Benefits of our solar generator:

  • Patent pending “all-in-one” plug-and-play design
  • Pure sign inverter runs : lights, refrigeration, electronics and more!
  • Maintenance-Free – no gas, fumes or noise
  • Qualifies for 30% federal tax credit
  • NES solar generator has lower operation cost than a gas generator
  • Smart design allows for future expansion to fit growing energy needs
  • Portable design puts power where you need it
  • Excellent Financing Packages Available. Please call for more information

Why pay the utility company when you can pay yourself by generating your own electricity? Next Energy Solution’s solar electric systems are easy to install so we can get you on the road to energy independence and efficiency in no time!

Learn more about solar electric for your farm, home or business today! Call
Strawbale Farms at (715) 214-6683 or Contact Us to learn more.

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