GMG Alternative Energy Series- @EnergySage Website- Compare Solar Quotes With Just A Few Clicks


EnergySage Is A Game Changer. They couldn’t make learning about solar quicker, more transparent or easier to understand than this. In my quest to bring more info to you, my peeps, I went into EnergySage Headquarters and spoke with Senior Solar Advisor Kimberly Le who demonstrated just how few clicks it takes to get an instant estimate and then how after you register with a few more clicks that you can get a bunch of area solar installers (who are all vetted and approved by EnergySage) and have user ratings in their profiles (much like the way Amazon or Trip Advisor has user generated reviews) which give you an idea of how happy people are with their installations.

The part I like best is how all of the different Solar companies compete for your business, and they all load their quotes in a standardized way that EnergySage set up so that you can compare each installer’s quotes side by side. Aaaaand then to take it even a step further, EnergySage takes the equipment that each solar installer is proposing for your project and rates the solar panels in a grading system. Aaaaaand you always have access to totally impartial passionate about Solar, EnergySage Solar Advisors that can further guide you and answer any questions you may have along the way.

You know how I’m all about the No-Brainer initiatives that are wins for everyone involved. Well this is literally a NO-Risk, everything to gain, super simple, super fast way to check out Solar options for you.

Check out the first interview I did with Kimberly Le, Senior Solar Advisor for EnergySage right here and then check out the EnergySage Website and for zero cost just fill out the measly three fields to get an instant quote. You don’t even have to talk to anyone if you don’t want to.

Here’s the link to get an instant estimate- EnergySage

Once you get an instant estimate based on your address, you can register to get access to the marketplace where the different EnergySage Vetted and Approved Installers start to email you quotes and they appear in your EnergySage Marketplace Dashboard side by side where you can compare things like what each installer is proposing for a warrantee, each installer’s user generated reviews, an installation target date, what type of panels they propose to use, and more. Best part is that on every page there are little question marks that when you click on them, explain in further detail what each term means, also there’s an EnergySage Advisor that is just a mouse click away that will help you as well if you have any questions.



As our local ponds begin to freeze, look for diving ducks along the sea’s edge. They are hunting for mollusks, crustaceans, snails, shrimp, and other small creatures. 

Canvasback and Ring-necked Duck Niles Pond ©Kim Smith 2016

Niles Pond Canvasback Duck with Male and Female Ring-necked Ducks

I haven’t seen the Canvasback or Ring-necked Ducks since Niles Pond started to freeze on Monday. Only partially frozen in some areas and with the warmer weekend temperatures predicted, I hope they’ll return soon!

Interesting short video of eiders diving for mollusks in the Arctic ~

Cape Ann Museum Offers Free Admission for Cape Ann Residents during January 2016

Cape Ann Museum Offers Free Admission for Cape Ann Residents during January 2016

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to offer free admission to all residents of Cape Ann (Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, Manchester-by-the-Sea) during the month of January 2016. Visit us and see what we have to offer!

January is also Membership Month at the Cape Ann Museum. Membership and donations support the special exhibitions and programming that the Museum offers its communities. We hope that a trip to the Museum will encourage all visitors to become members and join us in sharing the art, history and culture of Cape Ann.

All members enjoy:

  • free admission
  • advance notice of special exhibitions and programs
  • invitations to opening receptions
  • complimentary use of the research library
  • subscription to the Museum’s newsletter
  • discount in the Museum Shop

Visitors in January will be treated to two special exhibitions: Gloucester, Three Visions featuring the work of Jeff Weaver, Peter Vincent and Don Gorvett and Gloucester: A Community of Neighborhoods quilt project, overseen by artist Juni Van Dyke, the quilts showcase the work of nearly one hundred senior artists across Cape Ann.

Photo: Nicole Fandel

If you enjoy the month of free admission,
imagine what a whole year could be like!

Winter Shorts at the Cape Ann Museum
A series of themed mini tours led by Museum docents.

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (December 29, 2015) – The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present an opportunity to become more intimate with its collections.  On Saturday, January 9, the docents of the Cape Ann Museum will offer six twenty minute tours focusing on a topic of their choosing. Tours will begin on the hour and on the half hour. Reservations are not required, but space is limited – first come, first served. Free for CAM Members and Cape Ann Residents or with Museum admission. For more information please email or call (978) 283-0455 x10.

Photo: Nicole Fandel

Participants are encouraged to spend the entire morning at the Museum, enjoying two, three, perhaps all six of the tours! To plan your day accordingly, please see the schedule below:

  • 10:00 a.m. Sea Horses (a.k.a. Horses by the Sea)
    Take a closer look at images of horses in the Cape Ann Museum and find out some of the history behind them.
  • 10:30 a.m. Harvesting the Sea
    Learn about Gloucestermen in the heyday of fishing under sail.
  • 11:00 a.m. Angels, Oars and Churches: Religious Life and Imagery in Cape Ann
    Look at several works in the Museum that express a spiritual sensibility and others which demonstrate the importance of religion as a unifying factor for specific local communities.
  • 11:30 a.m. Sailing Heroes – Risk Takers & Record Breakers
    Hear the stories of Centennial Johnson, Maurice Whalen, Howard Blackburn and Phil Weld who all broke records and won races despite what the sea threw at them.
  • 12:00 p.m. “O Woman! Lovely Woman! Angels are painted fair to be like you!”
    Engage with portraits and self-portraits of women from the Museum’s permanent collection.
  • 12:30 p.m. Fifteen Shades of Blue
    Experience the impact of this favorite color during a whirlwind tour of the galleries.

Can The Pats Win Another Superbowl Limping Into The Playoffs?

The Homie Cast


The beginning of the season we looked invincible. After an enormous amount of key injuries, the past two weeks of Patriots football have been painful to watch.  If I’ve learned anything as a Pats fan it’s to never count ’em out but for most teams, winning a Superbowl is a culmination of a whole bunch of bounces and breaks all going your way as you roll through the playoffs.  In past Superbowl wins it seems like the confidence is off the charts and everyone is smiling and you roll through the playoffs with momentum.  Right now there seems to be zero momentum.   Having the bye week will most certainly…

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If You Say So

I spend a lot of time in many different hockey rinks.  Many are really nice…some are pretty nasty.  The yuckiest by far is made much worse by the deplorable condition of the bathroom.  Inevitably, however, one needs to use it.  I cringe while walking on the floor when I think of those same boots later walking into my home and, heaven forbid, on my carpet.

What that bathroom doesn’t have, however, is this sign.  This sign can actually be found in one of the nicer rinks.  While a seemingly obvious request, maybe they’re on to something.

Do people really need a reminder?



If you haven’t yet, go see Spotlight. Although we all know the outcome you will be on your seat’s edge. I had been wanting to see it for many months and was happy to find it still playing at the Liberty Tree Mall. Check times before planning because this week it was only playing in the afternoon.