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Retired Livonia, MI couple talk about the ROI on their solar electric installation

Paul and Karen, retired homeowners in Livonia, Michigan describe their solar system and the financial benefits they get from the power they generate. Installed by Mechanical Energy System of Canton, MI. Join MES every year for Earth Day and National Solar Tour open house or call (734) 453-6746. Serving Michigan, Ohio and Indianna.

The Rinnai On Demand Water Heater

About the Rinnai On Demand Water Heater: A gas tankless water heater is an efficient appliance that uses a heat exchanger to heat water only when it’s needed, which can help you save up to 40%* on your energy bill. Only Rinnai offers the quality and reliability that is built on a 45 year history of innovation and improvements. Rinnai commands quality through in-house design, engineering and manufacturing, and insures your satisfaction with in-house support.

How can a Solar Electric System be a great investment?

We are living in uncertain times; banks are cash heavy and unwilling to lend money. Even qualified home buyers have difficulty getting mortgage loans. If the banks are not lending, they are not collecting interest on loans, and their foreclosure portfolios continue to grow. The question then becomes, if the banks have no faith in the market, where does the average investor look to grow their finances and generate a return on investment (ROI)?

State Incentives

Nov. 10, 2012
Michigan Saves logoMichigan Saves - Low Interest Program Funded by Michigan Credit Unions & Backed By the State.

City Incentives

Nov. 10, 2012
City of Ann Arbor logo  The city of Ann Arbor defines commercial properties as any property that is not a single family home, duplex, or certain townhouses. Projects must demonstrate that energy savings will be greater than the cost of the project.

Energy Efficient Mortgages

Nov. 10, 2012
HUD Logo  Homeowners can take advantage of energy efficient mortgages (EEM) to either finance energy efficiency improvements to existing homes, including renewable energy technologies, or to increase their home buying power with the purchase of a new energy efficient home.

Michigan Solar Renewable Energy Credits (MIRECS)

Nov. 10, 2012
MIRECS logoBundle your kW's into Energy Credits and sell them on the stock market to states looking to meet their renewable energy portfolio deadlines. 

What is the difference between W (Watts) and VA (Volt-Amps)?

For many items the two are identical however for some computer equipment the two can differ, VA ratings always being equal or higher than the W rating. The ratio of W to VA is known as the Power Factor (often represented as a decimal or percentage). 

How do I know how many Watts my items use?

Most manufacturers of electrical devices and appliances show the amount of Watts or Amps used somewhere on their product, product box, published specifications or their website. 

Renewable Energy Tax Credit available until Dec. 31, 2016

Nov. 09, 2012
Harvest the free energy of the sun with Mechanical Energy Systems' state-of-the-art solar water-heating system (SRCC certified) is designed to pre-heat domestic water that is supplied to your conventional water heater, resulting in remarkable savings. 

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