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Hurricane Season: How to Prepare for a Storm

This week, Hurricane Ian is barreling towards the Gulf Coast of Florida. Airports, schools, stores and businesses are closed as Ian gets closer and closer. There are currently five categories of hurricanes that each represents varying degrees of severity; Category I is the least threatening with sustained winds of 74-95 mph, and Category V being the worst-case scenario for homeowners, with sustained winds of 157 mph or higher.[1]

Hurricane Ian is teetering on the brink of a Category V, and this means that the west coast of Florida will sustain, “Catastrophic damage will occur. Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls. Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.”[2]

So, what can you do to prepare for damage to your home and power outages? Here is your Momentum Storm Guide!

Are you already a solar storm pro and want to speak to a Momentum specialist about battery storage? Click here or call 1-888-MOMENTUM today.

How to Prepare

Now, many people have the option to leave the area before the storm, and this is always the best way to prepare. If you can leave, pack up your essentials, snacks, clothes and small valuables and make your way to a hotel, friend or family member’s home. But how do you prepare if you must stay home and weather the storm? Below are a few key steps to follow!

If you have a business, it is also advised to take the same steps. It is better to always be prepared. If you would like to read more about preparing for a storm, click here!

Momentum Keeps the Lights On

Being prepared for extreme weather is one way to keep yourself and family safe. But during smaller (non-hurricane) storms where you can ride out the weather safely from home, battery storage may be a helpful solution.

Momentum Solar is excited to offer battery storage to homeowners with solar, and homeowners looking to go solar and add a battery backup system. We teamed up with an energy powerhouse to bring you the best battery storage solutions. Through our exclusive partnership with Enphase, Momentum provides homeowners just like you with energy management technology to keep your home powered up, even during harsh weather conditions. This includes instances where the rest of your neighborhood is experiencing a blackout due to extreme weather, rolling utility outages or other emergencies.

Having solar panels with storage means you always have energy to use – especially when you need it the most. The best part? When your panels produce more energy than you need, they can store that power for a rainy day in your Enphase battery unit.

Get Powered Up

As one of the fastest-growing solar power companies in the country, our team is here to help you keep the lights on. Whether you are on the East Coast, down South or on the sunny West, Momentum is ready to help you weather the storm.

Click here or call us today at 1-888-MOMENTUM to learn more about our services and how you can get started.

[1] https://www.nytimes.com/live/2022/09/27/us/hurricane-ian-florida-news

[2] https://www.nbcnewyork.com/weather/weather-stories/hurricane-categories-breaking-down-the-very-dangerous-to-the-catastrophic/3882035/

Why Solar Energy Is a Major Advantage for You

Solar system installation to Connecticut residentsIt always pays to be prescient when it comes to new technology; and today in 2019, the advancement of solar energy is no different. Look at it this way: over the last decade, the cost of a residential solar installation has fallen over 70%, while the size and variety of tax incentives for their purchase have only increased. Whether you live in Hartford County, CT, or any of a number of states throughout the US, you’re poised to win by investing in solar energy now.

One Benefit of Solar: It’s As Clean As Energy Gets

Slowly but surely it’s been dawning on the inhabitants of Planet Earth that we need to migrate away from our dependence on fossil fuels to sources of clean and renewable energy. Nothing less than a major rehaul will allow us to avert a climate catastrophe and survive as a civilization past the 21st Century. But alarming as all that sounds, the answer is as simple as it is glaring: drawing that energy from the Sun. Unlike fossil fuels, which cost capital to extract, and harm the environment in the process, solar has the advantage of producing no pollution of any kind, and being more or less infinite in supply.

Autonomy Over Your Electricity: a Perk of Solar Energy

Here’s perhaps the most joyous part of going solar in 2019: independence and autonomy over your utilities. We’ve all experienced the financial pinch of a harsh summer or winter; and while solar energy won’t always get you completely off the grid, it’s honestly as close as it gets. As power outages and extreme weather becomes more the norm, solar energy gives you the advantage of a home that’s equipped to handle any situation.

Installing and Maintaining a Residential Solar Energy System

As far as sources of renewable energy go, solar’s one of the easiest both to install and to maintain. While wind and geothermal requires elaborate drilling, solar energy can be installed without the use of any wires, cords or additional power sources. Incredibly minimalistic and self-sufficient, a residential solar system can seamlessly blend into any home, and go without a single repair for decades. Batteries have also substantially dropped in price, making solar energy even more advantageous and affordable for the average homeowner.

The Real Advantage to Solar Energy: Tax Breaks and State Rebates

Who doesn’t love the idea of being rewarded by the government for investing in their own home? Aside from the fact that a solar energy system will add substantial value to your home, it’ll also qualify you for rebates, loans and tax exemptions if you live in a progressive area like Hartford County, CT. States are eager to push their residents to take advantage of solar energy now, because of what it yields and symbolizes. But the immediate benefit to you: thousands of dollars in your pocket, and the reassurance that your neighbors have every reason to do the same.

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