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Asheville's CompostNow Service Makes it Easy for You to Go Greener

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Ever wish you could cut down on the food waste your family adds to landfills every year, but stymied by the logistics of composting? Maybe you live in an apartment, have a small backyard, or simply want an easy way to turn your food scraps into food for the Earth. If you live in the Asheville area, there’s a simple solution: CompostNow is a service that allows anyone to compost without the hassle and maintenance of a compost bin. Members receive bins that they can fill with compostable items; the bins are collected on a weekly basis and returned with earned compost, either to you or to a local community garden of your choosing.

The Benefits of Composting

There are many reasons why composting is a great idea. Garden soil thrives best on compost; it helps loosen clay soils and helps sandy soils retain water. And unlike commercial fertilizers, it has no petroleum-based compounds. Compost curbs plant diseases and pests, and helps your garden to produce much higher yields of healthy fruits, vegetables and flowers.

Then there’s the benefit to the Earth: Composting keeps food-related waste out of landfills, easing the environmental burdens that weigh on our planet. In fact, CompostNow members divert over a third of their waste from landfills — that’s more than 500 pounds per household.

How CompostNow Works

Compost Now AshevilleAnyone in the Asheville area (or the Triangle area, CompostNow’s other service point) – be it a household, business, restaurant or even an event – can sign up to be a CompostNow member. For a household, once you sign up, you will receive up to two bins. Just put your food scraps and other compostable materials (CompostNow provides you with a list, which includes even bones, meat, dairy and pizza boxes) in the bin; every week, the service comes to collect your food-related scraps, replacing your bin with a clean one. CompostNow partners locally with Danny’s Dumpsters, which takes the collected scraps to its facility in East Asheville for composting.

You start earning compost immediately, and it’ll be dropped off whenever you indicate you’d like it. The service also offers the option to support the local food movement by sharing earned compost with a local community garden of your choosing.

For more information on CompostNow, and how you can easily get in on the composting movement, visit www.compostnow.org.

For more information about our area or about real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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In Asheville, Residential Solar Systems Brighten the Bottom Line

Solar Panels Home Asheville

As the movement toward alternative energy sources continues, residential solar energy incentives are gaining a growing audience. In Asheville, homeowners can take advantage of many rebates and incentives at the state and federal levels, meaning that both up-front and long-term costs can be reduced. Following, a few financial benefits to installing solar systems in your home:

Federal Tax Credits

The installation of both solar water heaters and solar panels can qualify for a tax credit. As of 2018, that means a credit of 30% of the cost, including installation costs, with no upper limit. (The credit decreases to 26% in 2020). The systems must be installed in a home you own and use as a primary residence, between Jan. 1, 2006, and Dec. 31, 2021. For solar water heaters, at least half of the energy generated must come from the sun, and the system must be certified by the Solar Rating and Certification Corp. For solar panels, the photovoltaic systems must provide electricity for the residence.

State Incentives

Solar Power HomeDuke Energy provides its N.C. customers with rebates if they install solar panel systems. Homeowners can receive a $0.60/watt rebate for systems up to 10 kilowatts. That means an average 6-kilowatt system would be eligible for a rebate of $3,600.

Revolving loan options are another perk for North Carolina residents. Legislation enacted in the state allows for cities and counties to offer low-interest loans for solar panels. The legislation limits loan terms to 20 years, with an interest rate cap of 8 percent.

Property Tax Exemption

Solar PowerSolar systems are lauded for increasing the value of your home, but that can also mean higher property taxes. However, in North Carolina, for homeowners who are using their systems for residential purposes (and not for business or profit), an N.C. property tax exemption means that the value their system adds to the property isn’t included in property tax assessments.

Another incentive for N.C. residents who install solar panels is net metering. The state’s net metering policy credits homeowners for the extra power the solar panels produce, and allows them to apply that credit during times when the system doesn’t generate enough electricity.

At the local level, installing solar panels will net a bonus incentive. If you live in the city of Asheville, you can receive a rebate on your building permit when installing a solar system on either residential or commercial construction.

If you’re in the market for a home in Asheville that is equipped with a solar system, or one that can accommodate such a system, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Asheville's CompostNow Service Makes it Easy for You to Go Greener

compost

Ever wish you could cut down on the food waste your family adds to landfills every year, but stymied by the logistics of composting? Maybe you live in an apartment, have a small backyard, or simply want an easy way to turn your food scraps into food for the Earth. If you live in the Asheville area, there’s a simple solution: CompostNow is a service that allows anyone to compost without the hassle and maintenance of a compost bin. Members receive bins that they can fill with compostable items; the bins are collected on a weekly basis and returned with earned compost, either to you or to a local community garden of your choosing.

The Benefits of Composting

There are many reasons why composting is a great idea. Garden soil thrives best on compost; it helps loosen clay soils and helps sandy soils retain water. And unlike commercial fertilizers, it has no petroleum-based compounds. Compost curbs plant diseases and pests, and helps your garden to produce much higher yields of healthy fruits, vegetables and flowers.

Then there’s the benefit to the Earth: Composting keeps food-related waste out of landfills, easing the environmental burdens that weigh on our planet. In fact, CompostNow members divert over a third of their waste from landfills — that’s more than 500 pounds per household.

How CompostNow Works

Compost Now AshevilleAnyone in the Asheville area (or the Triangle area, CompostNow’s other service point) – be it a household, business, restaurant or even an event – can sign up to be a CompostNow member. For a household, once you sign up, you will receive up to two bins. Just put your food scraps and other compostable materials (CompostNow provides you with a list, which includes even bones, meat, dairy and pizza boxes) in the bin; every week, the service comes to collect your food-related scraps, replacing your bin with a clean one. CompostNow partners locally with Danny’s Dumpsters, which takes the collected scraps to its facility in East Asheville for composting.

You start earning compost immediately, and it’ll be dropped off whenever you indicate you’d like it. The service also offers the option to support the local food movement by sharing earned compost with a local community garden of your choosing.

For more information on CompostNow, and how you can easily get in on the composting movement, visit www.compostnow.org.

For more information about our area or about real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

Search: View all homes for sale in Asheville

 

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In Asheville, Residential Solar Systems Brighten the Bottom Line

Solar Panels Home Asheville

As the movement toward alternative energy sources continues, residential solar energy incentives are gaining a growing audience. In Asheville, homeowners can take advantage of many rebates and incentives at the state and federal levels, meaning that both up-front and long-term costs can be reduced. Following, a few financial benefits to installing solar systems in your home:

Federal Tax Credits

The installation of both solar water heaters and solar panels can qualify for a tax credit. As of 2018, that means a credit of 30% of the cost, including installation costs, with no upper limit. (The credit decreases to 26% in 2020). The systems must be installed in a home you own and use as a primary residence, between Jan. 1, 2006, and Dec. 31, 2021. For solar water heaters, at least half of the energy generated must come from the sun, and the system must be certified by the Solar Rating and Certification Corp. For solar panels, the photovoltaic systems must provide electricity for the residence.

State Incentives

Solar Power HomeDuke Energy provides its N.C. customers with rebates if they install solar panel systems. Homeowners can receive a $0.60/watt rebate for systems up to 10 kilowatts. That means an average 6-kilowatt system would be eligible for a rebate of $3,600.

Revolving loan options are another perk for North Carolina residents. Legislation enacted in the state allows for cities and counties to offer low-interest loans for solar panels. The legislation limits loan terms to 20 years, with an interest rate cap of 8 percent.

Property Tax Exemption

Solar PowerSolar systems are lauded for increasing the value of your home, but that can also mean higher property taxes. However, in North Carolina, for homeowners who are using their systems for residential purposes (and not for business or profit), an N.C. property tax exemption means that the value their system adds to the property isn’t included in property tax assessments.

Another incentive for N.C. residents who install solar panels is net metering. The state’s net metering policy credits homeowners for the extra power the solar panels produce, and allows them to apply that credit during times when the system doesn’t generate enough electricity.

At the local level, installing solar panels will net a bonus incentive. If you live in the city of Asheville, you can receive a rebate on your building permit when installing a solar system on either residential or commercial construction.

If you’re in the market for a home in Asheville that is equipped with a solar system, or one that can accommodate such a system, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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