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Get Motivated for Spring Cleaning at the North West New England Home Show

Spring is just around the corner, which for homeowners means time for spring cleaning. Before you start scrubbing, building, or make changes to your home, head over to the North West New England Home Show this weekend, March 17 and 18. Local businesses and contractors will be there for you to give advice and new ideas for your home and garden this year. Get inspired and motivated for your spring cleaning by attending the home show.

All of the exhibitors are local businesses, including Classic Kitchens, A.R. Sandri, and Yankee Home Improvements. There will also be a number of green and solar companies, including Pioneer Valley Squared, Greening Greenfield, and Valley Solar. Some of the exhibitors will offer workshops throughout the weekend. Norwex will present Chemical Crashers, a workshop on how to clean your home without harsh chemicals, only water. PV Squared will talk about Going Solar in Mass for Homes & Businesses, how to save money and have your solar project pay for itself. Click here for more details and to view the full list of workshops.

Admission to the North West New England Home Show is free! The show will happen at the Franklin County Technical School Gymnasium in Turners Falls. The show runs Saturday, March 17 from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, March 18 from 10:30 am to 5 pm. Visit their website for more information: homeshow.recorder.com

Going Solar in Franklin County

solar panels pv squared massachusettsWhy Go Solar?

With the constant increase in the cost of electricity, for many, the appeal of solar panels is increasing too. Solar panels for your home can greatly reduce or even eliminate your electricity bill, not to mention your carbon footprint. 

According to energysage.com, the average 20-year savings from solar panels in Massachusetts is over $30,000. Plus, Massachusetts has a policy called net metering, where energy produced by your solar panels that you don’t use can be sent to the grid in exchange for credits on your electric bill. This allows for you to still draw electricity from the grid at times when your panels can’t pull energy from the sun, without necessarily getting charged for it.

Go Solar With PV Squared

If you decide that going solar is right for your home, you don’t have to go far to find a company to install them. We are lucky to have a worker-owned cooperative solar company right here in Franklin County - PV Squared. PV Squared has been solar experts in the area since 2002, and was voted best solar company in the Pioneer Valley the past 3 years in a row. They can design and install solar panels specifically for your home. 

There are so many benefits to going solar with PV Squared. For one, almost all of their projects see their investment paid back within 10 years, and some even within 5! They offer 10 year workmanship and 25 year product warranties, and can help you navigate the state incentive programs and tax credits. 

More and more people are seeking greener homes. Increase the value of your home and combat climate change with solar panels for your home. Learn more about PV Squared and check out some of the projects they’ve done at pvsquared.coop

Listings For Sale with Solar Panels by Wanda

Check out these sustainable homes for sale in Franklin County:

43 Underwood Hill Road Heath, MA

house for sale heath massachusetts solarTucked away in the hills of Heath on 4.3 acres in a peaceful and private setting is the perfect mini farm where you can raise a few animals, grow your own food and the outdoor wood boiler is an option to heat your home. Outbuildings include 24 x 40 oversized 3 car garage, 16 x 25 barn, 24 x 24 storage shed, 12 x 24 greenhouse and solar panels to help cover the electric costs. Read More...

96 Deerfield Street, Greenfield, MA (Green River Commons)

house for sale greenfield green river commonsWelcome to Green River Commons, 7 beautiful single level, sustainable, comfortable and net zero ready townhome condominiums. Green River Homes, LLC and Wright Builders, Inc. are proud to be working with the Town of Greenfield to offer 4 of the 7 homes at a reduced market rate to qualified buyers who meet certain income guidelines. There is an application process, and if selected, you will have an opportunity to live in one of these energy efficient homes. Read More...

55 Shelburne Center Road, Shelburne, MA

house for sale shelburne massachusettsThis impressive and versatile 25 acre property with picturesque mountain views was once a very successful equestrian center. The commercial size 80x200 barn has a fabulous indoor riding arena provides opportunity for many interior uses. It has a brand new roof and other updates have been done. The massive structure features 28 stalls, 2 tack rooms, heated viewing room, 2 ton grain bin, heated lounge with laundry, bathroom, kitchen and 24kw photovoltaic solar array that covers most of your electric costs. Read More...

To view these homes contact Wanda Mooney at 413-768-9848 or Wanda@WandaMooney.com.