An Apple A Day!

Sure we know that even here in New England that the sun is powering thousands of solar homes. But the sun provides us with a lot more than that. For millennia, humans have understood the power of the sun. It provides warmth, gives us light, and makes things grow. But the sun also has so much more to offer. Here are a few ways to take advantage of the sun to help you and your family live healthier and happier lives.

1. Achieve that Healthy Glow: Sunlight is known to even and brighten skin tone. Exposure to sunlight gives your skin a healthy glow, while scars and blemishes seem to disappear.

2. See Clearly: Natural light is easier on the eyes than artificial light, reducing blurriness and headaches. So during the day, open the shades and let the sun shine in!

3. Vitamin D: Better than enriched milk or fortified orange juice, our greatest source of Vitamin D is the sun. Vitamin D is critical in the prevention of cancer, osteoporosis, and the flu.

4. Get Some Rest: Our body clock syncs itself to the cycles of the sun. Exposing ourselves to the sun allows our bodies to control our sleep cycles, reducing anxiousness and depression.

5. Be Alert: Sunlight helps to keep your hormones in check. The result? Heightened awareness, increased concentration, and mental sharpness!

6. Don’t Stress: A major cause of health problems in the US is stress. Time in the sun can alter how your body perceives and handles environmental stressors. (Plus, with that lower electric bill from your solar system, you have one less thing to worry about.)

So throw on a hat and take a walk on your lunch break; open the blinds in the office, or run along a trail instead of going to the gym. Take a few moments to indulge in one of nature’s greatest gifts. You’ll be happy you did.

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Six Pre-Winter Home Maintenance Tips

David Rossinow, owner and President of Highland Home Inspections, Inc., based in Newton, MA, has teamed up with Rayah Solar to provide a few helpful winter tips for homeowners.

1. Clean up the yard, driveway and walkways so snow removal tasks are easy and litter free.

2. Place a covered plastic pail outside with sand and de-icer for slip free access.

3. Have all gutters, downspouts and leaders cleaned.

4. Have your chimney flues inspected and cleaned by a professional chimney sweep. For qualified chimney sweeps: visit or

5. Check your roof for any missing or slipping shingles and leaks of any flashings.

6. Have your heating system serviced.

As a professional home inspector David is dedicated to high quality customer service and the education of his clients. Teaching, as well as observing, the understanding of residential properties, their structure, operating systems and components is what David expresses as his responsibility.

David Rossinow
Phone: (617)593-0056

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Too Much Shade? Your Home May Still Be Good For Solar!

From solar hot water panels on the White House in the late ‘70s, to solar arrays powering homes across America – solar and the clean/renewable energy industry have come a long way. In Massachusetts, this growth is exponential. Every day more and more homeowners are taking advantage of Massachusetts’ incredible incentive programs. However, many homeowners have been left in the cold due to shading and other obstructions. Their home didn’t meet the shade requirement of leasing companies, and if they wanted to do a cash deal, because of their low shading percentage, they couldn’t receive the State incentive. They just weren’t considered good candidates for solar. However, homeowners that are counting themselves out, shouldn’t do so just yet. There are products available that have not only allowed more customers with shade-enshrouded roofs to go solar but have opened up the world of solar energy and State rebates to even those with roofs facing East-West. Conventionally, the three main requirements a home needed to qualify for solar was a roof with southern orientation, limited shading from trees and available roof space. However, with the products available on the market, they are able to harness and generate more solar power than ever before. Nevertheless, this does not mean that homeowners may not have to cut down a tree or a tuft or two, but finding the best product for your scenario may make cutting trees irrelevant. Sign up for a free consultation to find out. So, are you looking at those huge maple trees looming over the front side of your house and reconsidering solar? That’s a good step. Find out about your solar possibilities. Call us today at (617) 564-3159.

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