What Your Family Needs To Know About Alternative Energy In Boston

May 2, 2012 3:00 AM

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Power sources for electricity in the Boston area include renewable energy sources, but utility companies control the power. Your energy bill will reflect a higher payment when choosing to use the renewable energy source of wind power. Wind power is being harnessed in farms and resold to the consumer at a higher price. Check your next bill because you may be surprised. Luckily, there are different cost-effective options for sustainability that receive visible results in your home’s energy usage.

Solar Water Heater: A solar water heater coordinated with a regular water heater can conserve energy. Energy cost reduction through the use of solar energy is observable. Additionally, solar energy may be added to your system later, so start with this small step. Solar power technology puts the homeowner on the path to rely upon their own constructive decisions. Solar water heater installations give residential rebates of 25 percent with a maximum of $3,500 from the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust Fund. Check out more on their website: www.masscec.com/solarhotwater.

Wind Energy: Utility companies are the resource of wind energy. Monster windmills conduct energy through harnessed wind and then that energy is distributed for high costs. Large utility company control wind energy distribution. Meanwhile, the homeowner is prohibited from constructing moderate-sized windmills on their own property. A large utility company is now constructing giant windmills on leased properties close to residential housing on the south shore of Boston. Residents may see a wind farm development nearby in no time. This would allow for more accessibility to wind energy for Bostonians.

Self Reliance: Solar energy may enable a level of self-reliance unfamiliar to the homeowner. However, it is a method that should be practiced. There are numerous ways for Boston residents to cut back on energy usage through active practice. Start by cutting back on what is unnecessary. With heat being a huge energy suck and summer just around the corner, consider how warm your house really needs to be. Just a few small steps can make for quick results in savings.

Newest Technology: Some interesting new solar technology may soon be available to Bostonians. There is currently work being done to create a new, more subtle solar roofing system. Solar panels can detract from the look of a house, but roofing panels disguised as shingles are in the works. Keep an eye out for the up-and-coming options on the market.

Refer to these Boston businesses when considering your energy sustainability:

The Portland Group
82 Gerard St

Roxbury, MA 02119
(617) 442-6950

The Portland Group is a wholesale distributor of plumbing, HVAC and oil-burner supplies. The company is known for quality, integrity and service along with innovation. 

Republic Plumbing Supply Co., Inc.
257 Oak St
Pembroke, MA 02359
(800) 227-3900

Republic Plumbing Supply Company is a family-owned, wholesale supply house with a wide variety of products from quality manufacturers.

Simon’s Supply Company
6 Apollo 11 Road
Plymouth, MA 02360 
(508) 747-5112

Simon’s Supply Company, Inc. have been distributors of plumbing, heating and industrial supplies since 1933. They carry name-brand products at competitive prices.

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Author Maryann Scheufele is a childrens literature examiner, storyteller, family literacy advocate, and a sometimes substitute visiting licensed English Teacher, living in the town of Plymouth in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.