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Click & Save (The Planet)

With less than two weeks to go in the year 2022, it’s time for us all to examine the past twelve months and engage in the age-old tradition of creating a list of aspirational adjustments sure to make the next year better than the last.

Yes, the tradition of the New Year’s Resolution is one anyone can relate to. The concept itself is said to date back more than 4,000 years to ancient Babylonia. And though the landscape of our world and cultures has evolved one hundred times over since then, we as human beings still find a calling to self-improvement at a time where it seems to make the most sense.

When examining the list of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions year after year, the top three aren’t surprising:

  1. Lose weight

  2. Eat healthier

  3. Save money

Perhaps you find yourself among the more than 53% of Americans whose resolutions are exactly these three. Well aren’t you the lucky ducks you have landed on a How-To of sorts in order to ensure that you don’t join a reported 94% of Americans who find themselves reflecting in December wondering what their resolutions for that past year were in the first place... But let's be honest. For ACK Smart specifically, there isn’t going to be much assistance to lend for the first two. In addition to being closely linked with one of the finer food bloggers in the industry, we also are residents of Nantucket Island, where locals have happily accepted the characteristic of Food Snobbery, citing the incredible restaurants we have at our disposal on a daily basis. We’ve all come to terms with the fact that on this island, Wicked Island Bakery’s Morning Bun is just one of the essential food groups, regardless of caloric breakdown. But fear not, reader, all hope is not yet lost for your resolutions. As we turn our attention to number three and the goal of saving your pennies in 2023, we have nothing but help to lend. At the local, state, and federal levels, tax credits are making it easier and easier for people to save money on their solar installation, which in turn saves not just the prior cost of energy, but the planet itself.

The town of Nantucket, for example, will pay their residents $6,000 just for applying solar to their properties. The state of Massachusetts has a variety of solar incentive programs including the Residential Renewable Energy Income Tax Credit and a solar loan program. And at the federal level, the solar tax credit announced this year by the Biden administration is a dollar-for-dollar reduction in the amount of income tax you would otherwise owe and can be claimed on federal income taxes for 30% of the cost of a solar system you paid for. For example, if your solar system were to cost $30,000, the federal government will give you a $9,000 credit to your income tax.

The combination of all these factors make it not just feasible to go solar, but sensible! So although your New Year’s Resolutions may falter at the first sign of a LoLa 41 crab rangoon this winter, take comfort in knowing that at least one of your goals can be easily met this year.

Although who's to say a little deep-fried crab can’t qualify as healthy eating?

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