2nd Residential Renewables Open House

You are cordially invited to our 2nd Residential Renewables Open House
Saturday July 24th from 1–5 pm
231 Parkview Drive, Rochester, NY 14625

SHOWCASING THE UNIFICATION OF:

  • Home Based Self-Reliance
  • Residential Renewables
  • Industrial Renewables

TO:

  • Buildout Sustainable Neighborhoods
  • With Net Zero Energy and Zero Waste Homes

This year it will be free form in that we’ll have multiple stations set up with experts that will both present and engage you in conversation. Arrive when you wish, go to the stations that interest you and join in. Or just walk around on your own and explore, engage and get energized.

Where could this lead?
“Self-Sustaining Neighborhood that Produces Its Own Power and Food”
https://www.facebook.com/climatereality/videos/vb.153278754738777/1089936371073006/?type=2&theater

Logistical Considerations:
1. An RSVP would be much appreciated to steve@geothermny.com
2. Please park on the same side of the road as our home facing the right way.
3. Please fill out and stick on a name tag as that makes it friendlier.
4. Soft drinks, water, wine and cheese will be provided at no charge.
5. We ask everyone to make this a day devoid of politics.

Free Drinks & Snacks!!! Rain or Shine Fun 🙂

“To Create Light, We Must Face the Darkness, Head On, Then Light Our Own Fire!”  - Stephen Healey

This year we will be featuring:

• Solar/Geothermal- Geotherm Inc., Jesse Cook, www.geothermny.com
• Energy Audits / Net Zero Homes- Hughesco of Rochester, Energy Audits, Seth Plyter, www.buffalo-energy.com
• Farm Based Renewables Pioneer + Organic Beef Producer- Rick VanHoute
• Cisterns- Stephen Mull
• Predator Proof Cage Construction- Matt Hourihan / Anthony Sapere
• Square Foot Garden- Barb Mull
• Wood Stove/Firewood Stock- Kevin Tobey
• Honey Bees- Sabatino Smith
• Vermiculture Compost- Organix – Jacob Fox
• Zero Waste - Impact Earth- Robert Putney, Elizabeth Carey www.impactearthinc.org
• BioChar- Finger Lakes BioChar- Kathleen Draper, Andy Wells http://fingerlakesbiochar.com/
• AquaPonics- Steve Healey

                    

 

For greater context and further detail read on…

We’ll give you a “Show and Tell” at each station about all we’ve built since 2000 including our solar array, geothermal heating – cooling – supplemental hot water system, cisterns to collect rain water, highly zoned soaker - irrigation system, square foot garden, vertical gardens, perennial [vegetable – fruit] garden, high efficiency wood burning stove, 2 year firewood stock, distiller – carbon filter for drinking water, compost bin, honey bees, deep freezer for ice box back-up for fridge, grid-down mini-market, deer stand, etc.

We’ll also address all we’re working towards including battery storage so when the grid goes down my family isn’t, aquaponics, root cellar, vermiculture, biochar, next level cistern water purification, expanded solar array, electric car, solar thermal hot water, etc.

To whet your appetite check out these shots from last year’s event: Pics.

For some background context we purchased our home in 2000 when our son Stephen was 2 years old and I gradually developed a threefold vision for our property and built it, roughly in this sequence:

1.  A child’s paradise.
2.  A garden and sculpture sanctuary.
3.  An ever-more self-reliant homestead.

I mention this because you will see it all running through our little homestead, but the focus of this event is the third. Stephen is now 19 and just finished his first year at St. Bonaventure. His got a double major in Party 101 and Wise Ass 102. So I’m seeking ways to repurpose the Child’s Paradise part to serve underprivileged children. I’d welcome your ideas.

For clarity’s sake the objectives of this event are to:

1.  Have fun, be informative and informal.
2.  Mutually brainstorm new ideas to drive to higher levels of self-reliance on ½ a suburban acre.
3.  Promote Geotherm’s current offerings of solar electric, geothermal heating – cooling – supplemental
hot water and battery storage for true energy
4.  Independence and to do so in a relaxed non-commercial manner.
5.  Begin to assess market interest for additional offerings in the Residential Renewables sector for Geotherm
to develop next.
6.  Promote all the other presenters who have taken the time to be present.

So come with a note pad, let’s get busy brainstorming and have some fun while we do!

Want a preview!? Check this out:
http://www.sjhealey.com/cistern

 

 

 

 

Pictures of “The 1st Residential Renewables Open House”

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Pictures of “The 1st Residential Renewables Open House”

This event was successful in that we had somewhere between 30 – 40 folks attend, lots of excellent interaction, everyone seemed to enjoy and gain from it, I was given some new ideas to pursue in full OCD mode asap [composting worms, hops growing trellis, +++] and our neighbors kids were wonderful greeters, servers and hosts.

If you’d like to see more pictures from this event click here: Pics.

To help us understand the market potential for “Future Residential Renewables Offerings”, beyond Solar and Geothermal, it would help us immensely if you would take two minutes to complete this: 1st Survey!

Once we understand where the demand is then we’ll develop our next level offerings.

For introductory and in depth educational information on Solar and Geothermal please go to www.geothermNY.com.

We counsel our clients on financing and tax credit cash flow strategies that can make these investments nearly zero out of pocket.

Many who responded to the prior survey called “What is Your BIGGEST Life Challenge?” here: http://www.sjhealey.com/prosperity/survey-results requested help with Self-Reliance.

So I’ve added a new section to my  website called exactly that here http://www.sjhealey.com/selfreliance.

To assist me in understanding how best to help you I’d appreciate it if you would take two more minutes to complete this: 2nd Survey!

Given that I only gave one week’s notice for this event, and it was a summer weekend, the attendance level was good, plus it was good practice.

We plan to offer the 2nd Residential Renewables Open House in the spring of 2017. By that time hope to have implemented geothermal heating-cooling-hot water, composting worms and more!

The only change is that we’ll being doing the guided tour in a continuous loop all afternoon so you can arrive and join in whenever you want.

In Light!
Steve

To Create Light, We Must Face the Darkness, Head On, and Then Light Our Own Fire!

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Residential Renewables Open House

You are cordially invited to our Residential Renewables Open House
Saturday July 9th from 1–5 pm
231 Parkview Drive, Rochester, NY 14625

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There will be guided tours at 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 pm for groups of 10 on a first come first serve basis. If you can’t make it on the hour feel free to stop by any time between 1–5 pm and join in or walk around on your own and explore, engage and get energized.

We’ll show you and speak to all we’ve built since 2000 including our solar array, cisterns, soaker irrigation system, square foot garden, vertical gardens, perennial [vegetable – fruit] garden, wood burner, firewood stock, distiller – carbon filter for drinking water, compost bin, honey bees, etc.

We’ll also address all we’re working towards including geothermal, battery storage, aquaponics, root cellar, vermiculture, biochar, next level cistern water purification, expanded solar array, electric car, solar thermal hot water, etc.

For some background context we purchased our home in 2000 when our son Stephen was two years old and I gradually developed a threefold vision for our property and built it, roughly in this sequence:

  1.  A child’s paradise.
  2.  A garden and sculpture sanctuary.
  3.  An ever-more self-reliant homestead.

I mention this because you will see it all running through our little homestead, but the focus of this event is the third. Stephen is now 18, just graduated from high school and will be leaving for collage in the fall. So I’m seeking ways to re-purpose the Child’s Paradise part to serve underprivileged children. I’d welcome your ideas.

For clarity’s sake the objectives of this event are to:

  1.  Have fun, be informative and informal.
  2.  Mutually brainstorm ideas to drive to higher levels of self-reliance on half (½) a suburban acre.
  3.  Promote Geotherm’s current offerings of solar electric and geothermal in a relaxed non-commercial manner. Jesse (Owner Geotherm) and I both abhor the hard sell.
  4.  Begin to assess market interest for additional offerings in the Residential Renewables sector for Geotherm to develop next.

Where could this lead? Check out this video about a “Self-Sustaining Neighborhood that Produces Its Own Power and Food” (let it fully load, little delay there…)

https://www.facebook.com/climatereality/videos/vb.153278754738777/1089936371073006/?type=2&theater

So come with a note pad, let’s get busy brainstorming and have some fun and laughs while we do!

In Light,
Steve

Logistical Considerations:

  1. An RSVP would be much appreciated so we have some idea of attendance level.
  2. Please park on the same side of the road as our home.
  3. Please fill out and stick on a name tag as that makes it friendlier.
  4. This is shine or rain, that’s what rain gear is for.
  5. Soft drinks will be provided at no charge.

 


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What is Your BIGGEST Life Challenge? (See What Others Say)

A very, very long time ago I asked you to take a survey so I’d know what kind of content you really need and want.  First, my apologies for the delay, but I've been navigating another Mid-Life Re-Creation, all good, but another story for different day. So, thank you for your responses, they are much appreciated.I also promised you I’d share the survey results so here goes in easy to see graphical form, snide comments included in red too…And the Survey Says! → CLICK HERE

The results are both enlightening and entertaining, and like the Men’s Warehouse –
I guarantee it. smiley face Who ever said their biggest problem is “juggling multiple women at one time” should be afraid, very afraid…

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd top fears were the following respectively, followed closely by numbers 4, 5 and 6 below:

1. My finances and safety net.
2. My finances and safety net.
3. Economic recession, depression or collapse.
4. The failure of my business.
5. The future of my kid/s.
6. Poor health as I age.

The responses to “When it comes to your finances and economic safety, what do you need help with?” were the following:

1. Creating multiple streams of income, with semi-passive income.
2. Building a larger safety net through self-reliance.
3. Budgeting, expense reduction, debt elimination and building a safety net.

The responses to “When it comes to your well-being, what do you need help with?” were heavy in these areas:

1. Staying healthy, fit and vital into old age, so I’m not a burden to my kid/s.
2. Developing “my unique path” to what I want to create with my life.
3. Creating more meaning in my life, both personally and professionally.
4. Learning to provide for and protect my family, in any economy.

The good news is I’ve been working my butt off for years on all of this and I know I can help. I’ll focus on helping on the financial intersection of most of this feedback now… so here goes!

When we become unemployed in a jobless recovery what’s the first thing that goes through our mind when you can’t buy a job?

1. Ok, yea, the first question really is “who the hell is recovering anyway?”

The next level of questions that usually follow are:

1. What kind of business can I create so I can be a good provider for my family, once again?
2. What business entity should I form to protect my finances (and family) from litigious predators, and my income from the government (taxation)?

Remember in the post below how I explained how in NYS you can’t collect unemployment if you have a S-Corp or LLC, even if it has zero income?

Your business entity could cost you ten thousand dollars, like it did me, ughhh!

And I suggested just using a DBA until you have created sustainable cash flow and know you want to continue on that path.

Well, if and when, you do arrive at the decision between a S-Corp and an LLC, how would you like to legally keep $$$ in your hands and out of Uncle Sam’s? The table below shows your tax savings, as a function of income, by using a S-Corp instead of an LLC. For example, if your total income was $117,000 and you took 60% as salary and the rest as dividends using an S-Corp you would keep $5,663 in your pocket and out of Uncle Sam's.

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The full spdsht, with a very complete drill down list of frequently asked questions, is at this link → CLICK HERE

If you want the fully functional spdsht to run scenarios specific to your situation you can download it here for a meager $7.95.  If you buy it with a credit card remember to hit the link that says "Return to Hawkstar Vistas, Inc." at the end to get to the download page.

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“Developed in collaboration with Steve Stokes of Stokes, Visca & CO., LLP - CPA's at (585) 427-0850”

The next piece to consider in the S-Corp vs. LLC debate is the impact on future Social Security Benefit payments.  That part will follow in the communications to come.

Remember too, the blog posts that are real life applications and extensions of the book, and directly relate to the financial work we’re discussing now, are:

1. As goes the economy, so goes our lives, right?
2. Recreation in Motion, Part 3 (or Hey, I have OPTIONS!)
3. [Re-] Creation in Motion Part 5 “The New Money Map”

If you haven’t perused them yet I urge you to do so now.  The first one may remind you of being in young love, a good feeling to re-invoke…

In Light!

Steve


“Ok, I Screwed Up”

Ok, I screwed up in my last blog post, but not on the counsel about unemployment and business entities.  That stands firm, and yes, NYS is like the BORG, resist anyway.smiley face

What I should have done is explain better why we’re asking for your feedback on the survey…
And put the survey first.

Here’s the scoop:

We (my team and I) want to serve you with info and products that actually provide tangible results for you.  To do that we need your feedback, and others feedback too.

If you haven’t already completed the survey we’d appreciate it if you took a shot at it here:

Please take the super-short survey now
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WF2GZ9N

And, I'll tell ya, we're getting some very interesting feedback on this survey, which surprises me, a lot, so we'll compile it and share it with you too!

Next, leveraging off the business entity aspect, you might be interested in what I’m working on now, especially if you have an S-Corp.  As you may know, with an S-Corp you can designate how much of your income is salary (W-2) versus dividends, whereas with an LLC you cannot.

On the dividend part of S-Corp income you don’t pay Social Security tax (15.3%).  My objective is to optimize it so that I contribute “just enough” in the remaining years so that I maximize my SS future payments and minimize the tax I pay annually.

There are multiple levels to this optimization, this is just the start point.  If you’d like to keep more of your hard earned money or leverage a benefit you’re paying for, stand by…

Peace, Through Power!
(and knowledge is power, but only if you take aligned action)

Steve

Your feedback on my Facebook page here is most welcome!
http://www.facebook.com/StephenJHealey

Please, if you know of anyone suffering with unemployment,
under-employment or being emotionally crushed by their job, tell them they are
welcome to download both the book and video series for free here:
Video Series: http://www.sjhealey.com/burning-questions
PDF: http://www.sjhealey.com/free-mlrc


 

 

Your business entity could cost you ten thousand dollars, like it did me, ughhh!

So take a wild guess, what am I going to say first?
Something like, “It’s been awhile”, again, maybe…

Or, these posts are “meant to share real life extensions and applications of the book”…

Well, no, the next series of short posts will be all about what I’d say differently, if I were to write a 2nd edition of MLRC.

First, and this is real important $$$-Wise!

If you live in New York State don’t form a business entity (S-Corp, LLC) until you have serious, ongoing cash flow and can support your family, on your own.

Why, because even if you don’t make a dime through your business entity, and you do work as an employee paying into unemployment insurance, guess what?

You can’t collect unemployment, even though you paid into the program, and even though your business entity made no money.

Most of my gigs after 2002 were done on a consulting or contract basis, with the exception of KL Energy (KLE).
I was with them 2-3 years as an employee, paying into unemployment all that time, and then when KLE ended (2009), I could not officially collect unemployment.

Not being much of a rule follower, especially an unjust rule, I tried anyway.
Hey, ya never know…

Well, I got called on it and had to return $10K back in 2009, ughhh.
Of course I fought it, but NYS is like the Borg… resist anyway. smiley face

So check the rules for where you live and, if it’s like NYS, then just use a DBA until you’re solidly on your feet with cash flow.
Positive cash flow almost always takes 10X longer than we ever imagined.

Last, I need your help. I want to know how to best serve you.
I have 7 short, quick questions for you. It will take you less than 2 minutes.
Thanks, I appreciate it! 

Please take the super-short survey now

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WF2GZ9N

 

In Light!
Steve

PS: If you want to refresh your memory first these are the most relevant past posts:

This short survey will really help guide me…thx!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WF2GZ9N

 

Your feedback on my Facebook page here is most welcome!

www.facebook.com/StephenJHealey

Please, if you know of anyone suffering with unemployment, under-employment or being emotionally crushed by their job, tell them they are welcome to download both the book and video series for free here:

Video Series: http://www.sjhealey.com/burning-questions

PDF: http://www.sjhealey.com/free-mlrc


[Re-] Creation in Motion Part 5 “The New Money Map”

Ok, it’s been awhile again, sorry, but here’s why…
I live my book, the holistic system I created, that is.

It isn’t dithering platitudes meant for momentary motivation that dissolve away…
Especially in the light of day and the harsh realities we now face.

I have 4 professional and 4 personal lifetime passions. I work on them “every” week.
Am I busy, yes, but I still have balance, mainly b/c I’ve created flexibility.

Plus I use every minute of every day as hyper-productively as I possibly can…
Including some rejuvenation time, preferably with my son, every day.

I rarely miss any of Stephen’s sporting events.
That’s part of my “Worthy Father” personal passion.

Why am I telling you this?
B/c the objective of these posts is to help you.

So I’m offering you real life applications and extensions of my holistic system, as I can.
Right now those applications have to be mine.  Soon I hope we can offer yours!


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Mid-Life Re-Creation Workshop

What is the promise of this offering?

 A means to create your “unique” path to prosperity and light!

 That is, if you’re frustrated and angry enough, if you’re ready to do


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Re-Creation in Motion, Part 4 (or Semi-Passive Income for All!!)

The last time you heard from me was Thursday January 24th, about two weeks ago.
Better than three months ago huh!

That is, if these communications actually help you.
I sincerely hope they do.

Well today’s post is all about creating streams of semi-passive income.
In fact, it’s about tapping into these global economic shifts in order to do so, honorably.

So, even if you think you can’t, or especially if you think you can’t.
Stick with me, ok?

This post is the 4th in this series:


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Recreation in Motion, Part 3 (or Hey, I have OPTIONS!)

Wow, I just realized my last communication was on October 23, 2012.

So much for the one substantive post per month theory, sorry, lots of other stuff in the works…

But, how can I help you actually apply Mid-Life Re-Creation if I don’t communicate?

Well here goes…

This post is the third in a series I’ll refer to as:

It is meant to be a sequel that helps you implement my holistic system (The Prosperity Pyramid) by ongoing example.


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