Archive of posts filed under the Energy Efficiency category.

MA Attorney General’s Study Says that Increased Gas Capacity Not Needed

Eversource and pro-industry groups are flooding the airways with ads arguing that we need a new gas pipeline running from the Berkshires to Eastern Massachusetts. Evidently, they missed this story from mid-November. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey released a study on November 18th that concluded that the state did not need a new gas pipeline …read more

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“Living Green in Needham” Now Includes New “Greening Your Electricity” Section

How can all of us, as electric customers, support renewable energy? Living Green in Needham, an online compendium of information on living sustainably in our town, now features a new section: Greening Your Electricity. Perhaps you are considering solar panels, or have been wondering about “solar farms,” or you may be confused by telephone solicitations …read more

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Have You had your No-cost Home Energy Assessment?

With the support of local businesses around Needham, Green Needham and our Mass Save partner, Next Step Living, have signed up dozens of electric customers for no-cost home energy assessments at “tabling events” around town this summer. It is not actually “free” – we all pay a small “conservation” charge on our Eversource (formerly NSTAR) bills …read more

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Call for Volunteers to Help at the Sustainable Living Festival on May 16th!

On Saturday, May 16th, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Green Needham and Sustainable Wellesley are co-sponsoring a Sustainable Living Festival. Are you available for two hours on Sat. May 16th between 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m? Do you want to support an event that promotes more sustainable living? Were you planning on attending the …read more

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“GREENING YOUR ELECTRICITY” Program

We all know that renewable energy is our hope for the future, but how can we, as individuals, accelerate the urgently-needed transition to clean energy? On Monday, March 2nd, Green Needham presented their “Greening Your Electricity” program at the Needham Public Library. The program demonstrated how any electric customer, even without being a candidate for …read more

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Energy Efficient Clothes Dryers now Available

Did you know that your clothes dryer may be one of the biggest energy hogs in your home? The average dryer uses 875 killowatt hours of electricity a year (calculate your dryer’s energy usage). But up until now, there were no models that were efficient enough to receive the EPA Energy Star Label. Well, that …read more

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Saving Money and Energy – Additional Tips and Ways to Save, Both at Home and in Your Car

So, you’ve already gotten a no-cost energy assessment, replaced your incandescent light bulbs with CFLs, and done follow-up insulation & weather-stripping work to improve your home’s energy efficiency.  And you either have solar already or are not a good candidate for it.  Can you do more?  Below are some great ideas that you may not have heard …read more

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NSTAR Electric Bills Going Up by 30% for Needham Homeowners? What You Can Do to Reduce Your Bill.

NSTAR has requested a rate increase of 29% across their service area, which includes the town of Needham.  If approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, it will take effect on Jan. 1, 2015.  As recently reported in The Needham Times,(http://needham.wickedlocal.com/article/20141121/News/141129811), according to an NSTAR source, “The current spike in electricity prices stems from …read more

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Gubenatorial Candidates’ Stances on the Environment

UPDATE 10-27-2014:  the Globe just published a nice color-coded chart with the 5 candidates’ views on environmental and other issues. Check it out here. A few weeks ago, when Green Needham went to compile the gubernatorial candidates’ current environmental positions, we ran into some roadblocks. Namely, many of them posted little or nothing regarding their …read more

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How your refrigerator has kept its cool over 40 years of efficiency improvements

A great story about on perhaps the most indispensable item in our homes from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE). One of the great inventions of our time – the modern refrigerator – will get an efficiency makeover when new national efficiency standards go into effect on September 15, reducing energy use …read more

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