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Archive of posts filed under the Energy Efficiency category.

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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Green Needham’s Home Energy Savings Team Helps You Save Money and Energy!

Green Needham Collaborative’s Home Energy Savings Team (“HEST”) looks at possible ways in which Needham homeowners can reduce their fossil fuel use while increasing their use of renewable energy.  HEST wants to help everyone lower their carbon footprint and  save money.  HEST is actively exploring ideas and projects for the upcoming year.  At the Harvest …read more

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Residential Heat Pump presentation rescheduled for April 7th.

Green Needham’s Residential Heat Pump presentation, postponed due to the February 13th snowstorm, has been rescheduled for Monday, April 7th at the Needham Historical Society. Heat pump systems, also known as ductless mini splits, can provide a more cost effective and energy efficient way to heat and cool a home than traditional heating systems. They …read more

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Heat Pumps – cost effective and energy efficient home heating and cooling

Heat pump system, also known as ductless mini splits, can provide a more cost effective and energy efficient way to heat and cool a home than traditional heating systems. They can be especially attractive to homeowners with oil or electric heating systems. Pioneered in Japan, where energy costs are high and minimizing direct use of …read more

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Volante Farms recognized as Green Business of the Year by Newton-Needham Chamber

Needham’s Volante Farms, Kingsbury Homes and North Hill were the Needham businesses recognized at the Newton Needham Chamber of Commerce’s Green Business Awards Breakfast. Close to 200 business and civic leaders gathered on June 26th along the banks of the Charles River at the Newton Marriott Hotel’s outdoor pavilion to discuss and celebrate the economic …read more

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Receive $1,750 – $3,500 for replacing an old boiler or furnace this summer

After last week’s heat wave, replacing your aging and inefficient boiler or furnace is probably not the first thing on your mind. But it should be, especially this summer. If your boiler or furnace is at least 30 years old, replacing it this summer could mean between $1,750 and $3,500 in rebates. And, you won’t …read more

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Weatherization seminar presentation – Ranches and Colonials

Different styles of homes offer different opportunities to save money and energy. Green Needham and Next Step Living presented two weatherization seminars in January with specific ideas and advice for homeowners of capes, colonials and ranches. The January 17th workshop focused on ranches and colonials, which share some common features. You can find the January …read more

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Weatherization seminar presentation – Capes

Different styles of homes offer different opportunities to save money and energy. Green Needham and Next Step Living presented two weatherization seminars in January with specific ideas and advice for homeowners of capes, colonials and ranches. The January 16th workshop focused on cape houses. You’ll find the January 17th presentation on colonials and ranches here. …read more

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Green Needham Creates new Home Energy Savings Team

To advance our goal of reducing energy use in Needham homes, Green Needham has created a new team, the Home Energy Savings Team.  This team will build on our success with the NStar Community Home Energy Challenge, during which we increased the number of homeowners participating in Mass Save® programs to reduce energy use. The …read more

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