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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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Climate Change Cafe’s “A Green Walk Around Your Home”

The Environmental Ministries Team at the Congregational Church of Needham is presenting a “Climate Change Café” talk on “A Green Walk Around Your Home” with Leslie Reichert, the Martha Stewart of green cleaning, on Sunday, Oct. 19th, from 11:30 – 12:30 at the Church.  According to Leslie, ” the Toxic chemicals are everywhere in your home. …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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Needham Farmers Market this Sunday, Sept.21th 12-4 pm

Tomato Fest at the Needham Farmers Market This Sunday, September 21st, Needham Farmers Market welcomes the annual Tomato Fest celebration. There will be a number of events throughout the day including: guess the weight of the tomato, identify the tomato variety, bring your ugliest tomato contest, share a tomato recipe bulletin board, tomato “saucy” coloring page …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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Successful Solarize Needham program will add nearly 100 solar PV systems in town

Solarize Needham officially ended on June 30th with contracts signed for 99 new solar PV systems in Needham. Congratulations to Solar Coach Artie Crocker, a member of Green Needham’s Steering Committee, for the energy and commitment he brought to this successful collaboration among Astrum Solar, the Town of Needham and Green Needham. Astrum Solar has …read more

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Needham Farmer’s Market Opens Sunday, May 25th

The Needham Farmer’s Market is opening for the new season on Sunday, May 25th.  The market is in a new location: Garden St., behind Needham Bank, in Needham Center.  The market will be held every Sunday from May 25th through the end of October, from 12-4.  So, mark your calendars, and come on down for some …read more

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Garrett Graham, Owner of the Needham Garden Center, Talks About Organic Gardening

On Wednesday, April 16th, Garrett Graham, owner of the Needham Garden Center, generously took the time to put together and present a wonderful program about organic gardening to the Kalmia Garden Club at the Needham Library.  Garrett, who grew up in Needham, and lives here now with his family, has owned the Needham Garden Center since …read more

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