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Keep your home healthy and safe with Malcarne this year!

It’s a brand-new year, and while winter’s clutches won’t loosen for a few months, at least time should slow down significantly from the holiday frenzy. It’s now the season to catch up on responsibilities left on hold for the holidays, work on those resolutions made on January 1, and, most importantly, recover from all those Christmas expenses.

It’s also a great time to take inventory of the shape of your home, find a solution to cut expenses from utilities you use every day, and get your home to work as hard as you do.

During the holidays, it’s easy to ignore the cold draft seeping in through the front door, or the frigid temperature that always seems to rule the first floor. With parties, responsibilities and shopping claiming your free moments, these things naturally fell to the wayside. But now, as temperatures continue to plummet, there’re fewer distractions from the gaps, cracks and holes letting the outside in.

And that’s where we can help your home get a leg up in 2018: Taking account of where your house falls short of efficiency can actually help you pay off those holiday bills in the long run. Tightening up your home’s utility usage is not an impossible task, especially with Malcarne Contracting lighting the way to the best new products and materials to help keep your home and family both healthy and safe.

And Malcarne’s so much more than insulation and air sealing: Knowing that your house is in it’s best shape is likely the best after-Christmas gift to give to yourself and your family. As equipment experts, we can inspect your home’s current heating system, making sure it’s working to full capacity.

Curious about what’s new in the world of heating and cooling, especially when it comes to alternative sources of energy? We take health – of people and planet – seriously: We’ve pledged to make good-for-everyone energy options more accessible to our neighbors, helping to create avenues to get off fossil fuels. We’ve got the goods on solar panels and renewable energy that can transform your home from the inside out.

Still, with the piles of responsibilities you haven’t dived into since before December, the thought of another to-do list is probably making you as stressed out as your holiday gift inventory did just last month. We get it. Our job is to lift that burden: We treat your house as individually as each of our customers, designing a plan that will make “cozy” your home’s best adjective.

It’s a resolution you can easily keep – all year long.

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A Little Extra Room for the Holidays

Whether you’ve been planning for eleven months or feel like the season sneaks up on you each year, it’s officially time for the holidays, and the roller coaster of gatherings, food and frenzy of activities won’t likely stop until the clock strikes midnight on January 2.

And while, with all the hustle and bustle, it may not be the best time of year to consider a major home renovation, there are still ways Malcarne Contracting can get your house holiday-ready with minimal disruption to your packed planner.

The bounty in the basement

It seems to be the nature of the holidays, especially Thanksgiving: Your “intimate gathering” of another family or two has grown to epic proportions, and the thought of everyone’s feet tramping through your already cramped quarters isn’t getting you in the holiday spirit. In the midst of this time of year, with impending snow and less light, building out or up isn’t really an option – but a golden opportunity may lie just beneath your shoes.

This year, it’s time to consider making your basement better – not just a space where you exile the kids and toys, but a comfortable room where everyone will want gather. Instead of guests cramming into the kitchen or needing to pull your lawn chairs into the living room, a finished basement means a comfortable alternative for party space or for out-of-town guests to crash. If you’re not hosting this year, the extra square footage can still come in handy: Maybe it’s finally time to unwrap that “man cave” or media room you’ve been putting off for years.

Best of all, you’re looking at minimal disruption to your home as you plan and prep for the busiest time of the year: It’s more cost-effective than new construction, and you won’t be without key rooms in your home such as bathrooms or kitchens, so there’s no inconvenience of a time of relocation.

Save money, keep comfy

When your house is jammed with people, it may not matter that the thermometer barely reads 20 degrees. Still, by ensuring that your home is properly sealed, you can use even less of that bought heat this year. A quick, free visit from Malcarne can show you where your home is leaking the heat you’re turning up on frost-covered mornings – and keep it inside instead.

This year, it’s time to permanently say goodbye to cramped, overheated kitchens or chilly, damp basements. When your house finally becomes the definition of the word “cozy,” you can make your home the holiday hangout – or the best winter retreat from the stress of the season.

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This summer, think solar – in 3 easy steps

The season of sun and relaxation is finally upon us: Happy children will scamper off for a much-needed hiatus, vacations are right around the corner, and even the weather reminds us to slow down, take a sip of lemonade, and wait for the fireflies.

Summer’s also the perfect time to catch up on projects you keep saying you need to tackle – especially those around the house. And if you’re thinking solar may be a viable option for reducing those nasty energy bills that kept climbing this winter, we’ve boiled the process down to three simple steps.

After you’re in the hands of the solar experts at Malcarne – find more information at our new website, malcarnesolar.com – all there’s left to do this summer is sit back and enjoy the long-awaited warmth; warmth that’s actually adding to your bank account this season.

Step One: Reduce your energy consumption first.

Solar energy is great, but why would you pay extra cash before first making your home as energy-efficient as possible? At Malcarne, we can help you “reduce before your produce” – to the tune of kicking up to 50 percent of your energy bill to the curb before solar energy even enters the picture.

Our certified professionals can show you at least a dozen ways to change your home and reduce your energy usage – before that first panel is even installed. As our fearless leader, Joseph Malcarne, puts it, if you’ve got a boat that’s taking on water, do you get a bigger bucket, or do you patch up the holes? Knowing where to “patch up” your home through our energy-reduction recommendations means spending less on solar installations – and it starts saving you money before the job even begins.

Step Two: Research your home’s solar accessibility.

At Malcarne, we take the time to get to know you and your home – not only how you use it, but also how it can work for you. The next step in the journey to solar is seeing if and how it can fit in as an option on your property. We can help you ask all the right questions: Do you have enough sun access for solar panels to be installed on your roof? Is there space on the ground that would make more sense? Does your home have solar access at all?

We know what you’re thinking: “They may say I can’t do solar at all?! Why bother with energy reduction?” Don’t be fooled: Reducing energy consumption is always the best first step and will radically reduce your bills – with or without solar. If you’re able to take the next step toward solar, making your home the most energy-efficient it can be will guarantee that you’re not installing more of a system than you need – again saving you time and money.

Step Three: Receive the right system for your home.

We’re used to options – dozens of ice cream flavors, paint colors, car selections – but how do you narrow down those choices? Choosing chocolate over vanilla is one thing, but what do you do when face with the many good, viable options for solar panels now available to the public? Do the panels go on your roof, your yard, the shed or the ground? Where do you even start?

You may be tempted to react like the overwhelmed kid in a candy store, reduced to tears by the looming decision. Or, you can call the premier experts in the field who know the ins and outs of each option. This step poses the most questions, and can mean the difference between saving a bit more after step one’s revamps or taking your house to a net-zero energy home – with no energy bills at all. We know solar and we’re here to guide you – and, best of all, we’re local, living and working right here in the Hudson Valley, just like you.

In summertime, there are a few guarantees we love to count on: Barbecuing will be delicious, even in the rain; hanging out on the porch watching the sun set beats watching a TV set any day; and calling Malcarne Contracting to tackle your dreams for reducing your energy bills is a sure way to make your home a better, more comfortable place, all year long. From energy reduction to solar installation, saving money with Malcarne is as sweet as any summer day.

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From blueprint to building: Plan now to bring that project into the present

Those who say Rome wasn’t built in a day – they’re not kidding. Experts say it took more than 500 years for one of the greatest cities in history to go from a plot of land to a major plotline in antiquity.

Lucky for you, your dream home-building project won’t take five centuries – just some precise planning for Malcarne Contracting, who builds on your blueprint to make your home the Pantheon of its true potential. Forget gladiators: Malcarne’s troop of experts are all available to make your dream addition, new construction project, renovation or remodel one for the books.

Want the right foundation? Start planning now!

Starting a home project may seem as impossible as refurbishing the Colosseum, but whether you’re looking for a renovation, a remodel or a brand-new room in your home, the perfect first step in the plan is to avoid procrastination. Malcarne can take your dream from brainwave to blueprint, but timing is key. Plan now to get to know the experts who will lead you through the process – and then begin to enjoy the best version of your home as soon as possible.

Assemble all the experts – with only one call.

If the idea of spending your spring haggling with contractors, researching builders, and coordinating the schedules of everyone from carpenters to carpet-layers is keeping you from turning that renovation or remodel into a reality, it’s time to rethink your tactic. Since Malcarne Contracting oversees everything from start to finish, one phone call literally rallies the legion of professionals to handle your specific home’s needs. It’s one-stop shopping at its finest – with no emperor required.

Need decades of experience in your tool belt? Find it with Malcarne Contracting.

Whether you’re renovating your first house or building your dream home, you’ve still got some points in common with that great Italian city of days gone by: Any structure with staying power needs some know-how, from conception to implementation – the right tools to get the job done. Rome had its innovators years ahead of their time, and, with Malcarne, you’re not just getting an army of experts behind you: You’re also getting their collective decades of experience. Nervous about an issue with plumbing arising, or flabbergasted by local building codes? At Malcarne, we’ve seen it all, and we’ve successfully sailed through it.

No, Rome wasn’t built in a day, but, this summer can be the perfect season to usher in a new era – and to make your own mark on your home’s history.

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Malcarne Solar: Our new branch buds this month!

March came in like a lion, but this month is often a highlight for those of us looking forward to saying goodbye to winter in the northeast. It’s a time to welcome the much-anticipated spring, its milder temperatures, and the new life, change and growth it ushers in. Soon, we’ll see blossoms poking through the long-frozen ground, birds returning to the state, and the new branch of Malcarne Contracting – Malcarne Solar – taking off in the Hudson Valley.

As a company, Malcarne Contracting has been a leader in construction, renovation and maintenance for more than 20 years, but our expertise in energy-efficient renovations has also made major strides. With certifications in thermography, solar electric, geothermal, insulation, and Energy Star labeled homes – and that’s just the beginning of the list – we’ve got the training and experience to take your home from dollar-draining to money-saving.

How? Our tried-and-true system of lowering energy usage before adding the solar elements to your home or business means making smart changes based on your specific structure – and that’s what truly makes it cost-effective, every step of the way.

Our dedicated crew at Malcarne Solar follows the mantra, “First, energy reduction; then, solar production.” For homeowners, that means switching out appliances for ones that eat up less energy, insulating all the gaps, cracks and holes in the house, and considering an HVAC upgrade, for example. Businesses will automatically see a decrease in energy bills by upgrading lighting and HVAC monitoring and control systems as well.

After you’ve reduced your energy usage, it’s time to let the solar transformation grow – and you’ll likely need less of an overhaul because of the smart changes you’ve already planted. If your green thumb doesn’t extend to energy efficiency, worry not: You’re never on your own with Malcarne. Our crew plans and walks with you through each step in the process, not only calculating the cost of the changes, but how much you’re likely to save based on the reduced footprint.

And at Malcarne Solar, saving you money via energy reduction is all we do: As a separate sector of the Malcarne family, Malcarne Solar’s sole focus is to reduce your electric use, then use solar to erase the rest of your energy bills – and to get you the best deal in the process.

Malcarne’s been rooted since 1996, and been growing in our experience with solar energy for the past 10 years. Unlike the up-and-down weather of the month of March, you can depend on Malcarne Solar’s know-how to be the best value and savings for the least investment from you, the property owner.

When it comes to choosing solar energy, we don’t want to simply lower your heating and cooling bill a few notches: We want to transform your home or business into the best-running, most energy-efficient version that it could be.

Want to know more about how you can save the most with Malcarne Solar? Check out our brand-new website: www.malcarnesolar.com.

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