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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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Solar Energy: Significant savings from Malcarne means affordable energy options for your home!

There’s no doubt about it: Technology changes at such blinding speeds, it seems nearly impossible to catch up. Case in point: Want to age yourself in the eyes of a teenager? Simply mention the words “rotary dial” and you’re guaranteed to get a blank stare.

Thankfully, when it comes to your home, there are many things you can invest in that won’t go the way of the landline and its pesky cord: There’s no better time than now to invest in solar energy, and no better company than Malcarne Contracting to make your home even “smarter” than the newest gadget on the market.

A plan specific to your home

In the home construction-and-care world, solar energy’s stirred up quite a bit of buzz – and not without good reason. Our customers have discovered that, with Malcarne Contracting’s net-zero energy retrofits, paying a premium for utilities has become a thing of the past. After insulating and making high-efficiency changes, solar energy gathers the energy needed to keep your utility bills low – or erase them completely. When was the last time your latest gadget put money back into your pocket?

If you’re curious as to whether purchasing or leasing solar panels makes the most sense for your budget, have no fear. Malcarne’s trained team of professionals treat each home as a unique entity – so you get a plan for your house specifically; one that will save you the most money.

State incentives and tax breaks

Plus, New York State’s incentives and tax breaks make now an even better time to invest in solar energy. Three forms of funding include a 25 percent state tax credit (capped at $5,000), a 30 percent federal tax credit (with no cap), as well as incentives available from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). It’s estimated that, with these credits, your solar energy system will pay for itself in time – and it’s certain, too, that these incentives won’t be around forever.

Affordable financing through Malcarne

But Malcarne Contracting doesn’t stop there: New to Malcarne’s one-stop-shopping menu is financing options, thanks to its partnership with several financial institutions. There’s no need to look elsewhere – including paying for upgrade and upkeep choices that save big bucks in the long run.

Sure, some old technology – your grandmother’s antique typewriter or Grandpa’s historic pocket watch, for example – only gather more mystique with age. Still, “vintage” doesn’t always qualify for Wreck-It Ralph’s quirky definition of “old but cool” (just one look at your cell phone from the ’90s proves that one).

But while this year’s solar energy technology may change in a decade, it won’t stop you from saving right now on energy bills – or even eliminate them completely. In fact, with the combination of tax credits, state incentives, Malcarne’s financing options, plus the monthly utility-bill savings, solar energy is certain to be as good or better of an investment than that new “must-have” gizmo. Now that’s technology you can bank on.

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Need home-project financing? Look no further than Malcarne.

In a few short weeks, we’ll trade beach bags for backpacks, and, soon after, flip flops for flannel. But while fall is looming on the horizon, that won’t stop this last summer month’s parade of picnics, pool parties, and other activities that help us get outside, relax and enjoy the sun.

And while we’re not letting the inevitable fall and back-to-school store displays keep us from our warm-weather fun, our question this summer is this: What’s keeping you from completing those home-renovation projects on your to-do list? If cost makes you wary, now may be the time to reconsider. With new financing opportunities, Malcarne Contracting can help bridge the monetary gap between you and your home-project goals.

Finding financing through Malcarne

Whether it’s upgrading to a central-air system, finding out more about solar energy, or finally adding a deck to the back yard, it’s not difficult to dig up ideas that could make you more comfortable and build equity in your house. The major challenge? Most often, it’s funding these projects effectively.

Now, however, there’s no need to look further than Malcarne Contracting – even for financing. Malcarne currently has partnered with several financial institutions to offer options for all your renovation needs, meaning Malcarne’s truly a one-stop shop, from planning out your idea to enjoying it in real time.

Renovations that pay you back

This summer’s string of 90-degree days (and the likelihood of frigid nights this winter) can put a dent in your wallet after running an A/C unit or central air 24-7. If you’re looking for a home project that will not only increase your home’s value, but will actually put money back into your pocket, it may be time to go solar. Energy-saving solar makeovers are still in high demand – and there’s no doubt Malcarne Contracting’s the best in the business.

First off, homes of all types – new construction or older, and those built to use electricity, natural gas, propane, oil or a combination – start with an energy retrofit, meaning properly insulating the house and getting high-efficiency appliances and lighting, and end with watching your energy bills go down significantly from those small changes. The next step involves additions such as solar walls, geothermal heating pumps and solar electric panels, which can garner all the energy a home needs to operate free from utility bills.

No energy bills and a comfortable home? That’s a “net-zero energy retrofit,” and, in the long run, it’s an upgrade that, by saving you from traditional energy bills, pays for itself.

Maintenance, the smart way

If you’re looking for other ways to add equity and still save big bucks, consider projects such as changing the shingles on your roof, or the siding on your home. Any projects involving asphalt, a petroleum product, are experiencing much lower-than-average costs, as oil prices are currently down. Once oil prices rise – and you can bet they will – these upgrades will also cut into a bigger chunk of your bank account. Have 10 years or less left on your shingles? Now’s the time to take advantage of what will likely cost much more next year.

And while cosmetic improvements such as siding won’t pay for itself like solar energy will, it’s a great way to add in both curb appeal and energy-saving insulation. And that means your heat and air conditioning stays inside, where you paid to have it.

No need to go anywhere else

Being a homeowner is a financial investment – more often than not, a worthwhile one that’s both a present and future asset. But it’s not without costs, either. Still, with new financing options through Malcarne Contracting, we can help you make smart upgrades and upkeep choices that will save you money.

Whether you’re pining for solar energy that can erase utility bills and pay you back in time, or needing routine but necessary maintenance items like a new roof, Malcarne has the home know-how and, now, the financing options to help complete the project.

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What are the pros and cons of solar electric and solar thermal?

It’s easy to take for granted the ability to flick on the lights or have a hot bath in the evening. But open up your bills at the end of the month, and you may need a cold shower to revive yourself from the sticker shock. That’s where the sun comes in: With solar electric and solar thermal systems from Malcarne Contracting that create the ability to harness those rays, investing in the future could mean freedom from costly electric and hot-water fees altogether.

Most people have already heard of solar electric, also known as PV or photovoltaics. The sleek, futuristic-looking panels on the roofs of houses gobble up the sun’s rays, converting it into electricity to power your home’s appliances, lights – and everything in between. What you may not know is, through the use of solar electric panels’ grid-tied system, energy you harness from the sun is stored up for a rainy day – literally! While the panels capture the sun’s energy, if they absorb more energy than your home uses, the grid-tied system puts the energy back into the grid, making your meter actually spin backwards. When the sun goes down at night, you’ve got more than enough power to last you until the next rays shine.

The downsides? Solar electric requires a specific area of installation with extremely good southern-sun exposure all day, year-round: Those shady trees in the yard may be nice on a hot day, but if even a part of the panels are covered, it significantly affects its output – by as much as 75 percent. And, even with the trend to go green with solar electric, it’s still a costly system – but one that’s worth it after crunching all the numbers. After all, electricity rates typically rise between four and seven percent a year – but sunshine is always free. Plus, Malcarne experts are trained to evaluate the kilowatt hours your home uses each day, based on a year’s worth of your electric bills. With that information, the proper amount solar panels necessary to make your household function are installed – no more, no less – saving you the time and cost of setting up too many. Since you keep your traditional electric company along with adding solar electric, panels can always be added later, so you’re always working within your budget – but the savings add up with each reduced bill.

Also, if you’re like most people, the rising cost of heating your water cause just as much frustration as the electric bill – but there’s a sun-based solution for that, too. Solar thermal systems – such as “solar walls,” which can be installed on the side of a home, where they catch the sun’s rays, warm the air behind it, and use a fan to circulate this heated air into your home – can heat your house. However, these panels, similar to solar electric panels, only larger, typically heat water by absorbing the sun’s energy to warm the contents of your storage tank.

Again, Malcarne professionally evaluates your home to learn how much hot water you typically use – and installs the right-sized system for your house and family. Best of all, you’ll see your investment pay off relatively quickly with a solar thermal system: While you’re likely to see a payback from solar electric in a little more than a decade, solar thermal takes only about five to seven years, giving you twice the energy value from each dollar you spend. It’s why Malcarne typically recommends giving solar thermal systems a try even before considering a solar electric one.

Plus, unlike solar electric panels, if your home is a bit shady, it’s not likely to make a big difference in a solar thermal system. But, regular yearly maintenance and inspection of the system is necessary. Pumps that carry your solar energy to your home’s hot water system need regular professional visits: Solar electric panels, with their more simplistic inner-workings, are easier to keep up.

Still, if out-of-pocket expenses seem too scary of an investment, available tax credits make the cost a bit easier to bear: Three forms of funding include a 25 percent state tax credit (capped at $5,000), a 30 percent federal tax credit (with no cap) – both of which can be used until 2016 – as well as incentives available from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). If that’s not enough convincing, imagine saving 65 percent of your water bill – and 100 percent of your electric costs. “Fun in the sun” suddenly takes on a whole new meaning – especially when it’s helping to manage your family’s expenses in a big way.

It’s easy to take for granted the ability to flick on the lights or have a hot bath in the evening. But open up your bills at the end of the month, and you may need a cold shower to revive yourself from the sticker shock. That’s where the sun comes in: With solar electric and solar thermal systems from Malcarne Contracting that create the ability to harness those rays, investing in the future could mean freedom from costly electric and hot-water fees altogether. Most people have already heard of solar electric, also known as PV or photovoltaics. The sleek, futuristic-looking panels on the roofs of houses gobble up the sun’s rays, converting it into electricity to power your home’s appliances, lights – and everything in between. What you may not know is, through the use of solar electric panels’ grid-tied system, energy you harness from the sun is stored up for a rainy day – literally! While the panels capture the sun’s energy, if they absorb more energy than your home uses, the grid-tied system puts the energy back into the grid, making your meter actually spin backwards. When the sun goes down at night, you’ve got more than enough power to last you until the next rays shine.

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