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New efficiency rebates available from Massachusetts Clean Energy Center 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

According to a press release from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, the organization is prepared to offer rebates for buildings that might make use of efficient heating and cooling systems. Homeowners intent on efficient technology for these functions may be able to earn as much as $12,500 depending on the kinds of technology they use. The announcement is part of a larger plan on behalf of the state government to reduce consumption over the next five years.

Specifically, the release mentions three different approaches eligible buildings can use to earn money back through this initiative. Of these, the one with the highest possible rebate value is the ground-source heat pump, which draws natural heat from underground, reducing the need to burn unnecessary fuels.

The other two options are central biomass heating systems that run off of organic materials and air-source heat pumps. The latter of these works similarly to the ground-source options but utilize heat from the air instead.

In the release, Matthew Beaton, Massachusetts' Secretary for the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, explained some of the rationale behind the program.

"This funding will offer many Massachusetts residents access to efficient, clean options for heating and cooling which will in turn help the environment and provide consumers with the opportunity to save on energy costs," he said. "The Clean Heating and Cooling program also supports our growing clean energy industry and will help the state reach its ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals."

For custom windows in Massachusetts that can accompany a home with green, energy-friendly heating, contractors should turn to Mercury Excelum's line of green-friendly products.

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How to build a deck: Part 2 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

How to build a deck: Part 2

Recently, we talked about the planning process that goes into building a deck addition for your home.

Decks are a great hangout spot for family and friends, and offer a great outdoor space for memory making and backyard barbecuing. Once you have decided on the purpose you hope to achieve with your deck, as well as the materials that you will need to build it, you can start implementing your idea.

If you are ready to get started, here are a few things you might want to consider:

-Lay it out – Knowing what your deck will look like on paper is one thing, but it could look and feel different in execution. This Old House suggests laying out your vision before beginning the project so that, if necessary, you can tweak the plan to fit your wants and needs. "Use stakes and string to outline your deck's footprint and visualize how much yard space it will cover," Charles Linn and Deborah Snoonian told the source. "Place furniture inside the outline to see if there's enough clearance, and walk around to see if you like the shape, circulation, and views."

- Structure - Once you have picked the material that is right for your climate and design, and laid out an idea of what you want your deck to look like, it's time to build. If you're putting together the deck yourself, be sure to include small gaps between the boards for proper draining.

Once you are done building the deck, you are now free to customize the space with stains, furniture, planters and other outdoor decorations. Your deck is sure to be a family favorite, and the center of backyard memories for years to come.

For more inspiration for your home improvement projects, follow along with this blog. If you are in need of custom decking, contact Mercury Excelum.

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