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101+ Ways to Save Energy in Your Home

Once there was a homeowner by the name of Jim. Jim worked hard for his paycheck, but had enough to cover the monthly expenses and have some left over to enjoy. Jim liked to take his wife Kris out to dinner and then to the latest movie. They traveled up north during the summer for a vacation and every other year they also took a trip to the sunny south during the cold winter to see Mickey Mouse and his crew. Jim was also able to put some dollars aside for retirement and the kid’s education. Each month the utility bills would come and they like most other bills seemed to be growing faster than Jim’s paycheck. Jim gathered the family together and said, “We need to find a way to reduce our monthly bills or we will need to eliminate college saving or retirement saving or our leisure activities such as dining out, movies and vacations.” Jim’s family did not want to lose any of those hard-earned choices. Jim and his family began shopping with coupons to save money. They drove the car less and replaced the gas guzzler with a car that got much better gas mileage. But they were frustrated on additional ways to save on their monthly bills. They began to look at the utility bills and decided it was time to attack the amount of energy and water they were using. But where do they look for a collection of energy-saving tips that an average family in Michigan can use? Where do they find a list they can review and determine what fits their lifestyle? Well they found the answer when they downloaded the MES 101+ Ways to Save Energy and it was FREE! Now they are reviewing the list and implementing many of those ideas and seeing the energy usage and the monthly utility bills going down. You too can find unique and helpful ways to save on your utilities each month. Just download our FREE e-book with 101+ ideas you can put into effect now to save. Many won’t cost you a dime to put into practice!

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It’s a good time of year to have our trained experienced air conditioning Technicians solve your cooling problems whether you live in Ann Arbor, in Canton, Novi, Northville, or Plymouth.

Contact us at www.mes1.com or call us @ (734) 453-6746

Earth Day Solar Trolley Tour Loads of Fun!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Earth Day Solar Trolley Tour around Canton, MI this weekend.

The tour took place between 10 and 2 Saturday the 14th. We hold our earth-day before or after the actual date because there is just too many activities taking place, we don’t know how anyone can choose.

Mes Solar array

Our 5.1 kW solar electric array above our solar space heating wall.

There were a lot of families that took part this year and after a tour of the demonstration center we hopped on the bus around 11am.

Solar Tour Trolley

Everyone on the bus!

Everyone on the bus!

The tour consisted of solar pool  heating, solar water heating, solar space heating, solar photovoltaic (electricity) and natural daylighting systems.

Solar electric system

Home owner shares his experiences with his 8.28 kW system.

Back on the bus

Everyone back on the bus!

Solar Hot Water

Homeowner DIY solar hot water system, heats home and pool. Shares his Home Owners Association experience.

It was a fun tour. If enough people are interested we may do this again in October for the National Solar Tour. The weather looked ominous but cleared enough for us to be relaxed and take our time to hear their experiences and ask plenty of questions.

Impact of Solar Panels on Electric Bills – FANTASTIC … Thanks DTE – Solar Currents

Impact of Solar Panels on Electric Bills – FANTASTIC … Thanks DTE – Solar Currents.

This chart from the DTE Web Site shows my monthly electric bill for heating and cooling our house.  The right axis is Heating Degree Days which are a measure of how much (in degrees), and for how long (in days), the outside air temperature was below a certain level.  They are commonly used in calculations relating to the energy consumption required to heat buildings.  723 Spring Street has 4,200 square feet of conditioned space on four levels.  Since having put in the 8.6 kW solar panel system last fall, we have been near net-zero energy over the five month period.  The kWh surplus from the solar panels more than offsets the electrical consumption of the (to read full article click on title above).

Great to see the results of our systems by our customers. Thanks Scott for sharing! – Val

Snow covered solar panels

Snow covered solar panels.

A solar PV system owner in snowy Michigan describes how they perform after a snow storm. Thanks for sharing!

Application fees set for Ann Arbor’s new PACE program

Application fees set for Ann Arbor’s new PACE program.

By Ryan J. Stanton
Political Reporter

The Ann Arbor City Council on Monday supported the final step to fully implement the city’s new Property Assessed Clean Energy program.

A resolution approved by council sets the application fees for the PACE program, which is a special financing mechanism to help commercial property owners in Ann Arbor undertake energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

Through the PACE program, qualifying property owners are able to borrow money for energy efficiency projects ranging from $10,000 to $350,000 and then pay back the loans through special assessments added onto their tax bills for up to 10 years.

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Andrew Brix

The program is a joint effort of the city of Ann Arbor and Clean Energy Coalition. City officials believe the availability of PACE financing will support economic stimulation across the city, create jobs and reduce operating costs for business owners.For full article go to: Link

The Energy Navigator | Solar Energy in the Midwest

The Energy Navigator | Solar Energy in the Midwest.

Finding the Right Solar Financing for Your Home

Buying solar panels for your home has never made more sense. Solar panels help to lower your home’s electricity bill and reduce your environmental footprint. With the right solar financing, you can easily bring solar power to your home. Here are three common methods for going solar:

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Donna Napolitano interviewed by Fox Detroit

Snyder Says Business Tax Breaks Will Lead to Jobs.

Donna was interviewed at the Plymouth Green Street Fair by Kathy Barks Hoffman at the Mechanical Energy Systems booth promoting solar thermal and electric systems. Solar has been proven by Donna and her husband Joe to work in Michigan over the last 30 years.

Donna Napolitano interviewed in Fox Detroit

Snyder Says Business Tax Breaks Will Lead to Jobs.

Donna was interviewed at the Plymouth Green Street Fair by Kathy Barks Hoffman at the Mechanical Energy Systems booth promoting solar thermal and electric systems. Solar has been proven by Donna and her husband Joe to work in Michigan over the last 30 years.

Enphase Energy Launches Third-Gen Microinverters with 25-Year Warranty | Renewable Energy News Article

Enphase Energy Launches Third-Gen Microinverters with 25-Year Warranty | Renewable Energy News Article.

Aside from being our favorite micro-inverter they just keep improving and getting better and better. From a 15 to a 25 year warranty is impressive – I can’t find a new stove with more than a one year warranty from the manufacturer – what’s that all about – don’t they believe in their products like our solar warranties?

MES Solar Open House

Saturday, May 21st 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM   (FREE)

Working solar systems are Solar Hot Water, 2 types of Solar Space heating systems, Solar Electrical (PV), solar attic fans, Solatubes and natural daylighting. We also offer solar pool heating systems. Experience matters! We have 26 years’ experience in the solar energy business with over 7,000 happy customers. Talk to us in person about financing options and find out how solar can work for you.

Have an old furnace? Not ready for solar yet? Save energy with high efficiency furnaces and air conditioners. Bring your electrical and gas bills with you for a better idea of a best fit system for you.

Go to: http://mes1.com/events/  for updated events and happenings.

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