NSTAR ends green-power option; WRSE recommends switching to a Mass Energy green-power program

Effective July 2015, NSTAR no longer offers its option to purchase green energy. The good news is that Mass Energy’s green-power programs should be your next stop. Mass Energy is a nonprofit, green-power supplier based in Boston whose green-power programs allow NSTAR customers to support electricity generated from local renewable sources. Mass Energy offers 100% renewable power at a cheaper rate than NSTAR did, and all green-power payments through Mass Energy are 100% tax deductible. Learn more and sign up here! Read More »

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Is There a Dinosaur in Your Basement? WRSE HVAC program April 7

We’ll present the latest information on heating and cooling options for your home with a focus on energy efficiency. Join us to hear HVAC-and-energy expert Brad White discuss typical heating and cooling systems, paybacks on changing or upgrading systems, rebates for new systems, attic fans and when they work best, ways to improve energy efficiency in your home to save money, and more. Bring questions to share! Read More »

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WRSE offers a “Renew Boston Solarize” information session on Sept. 30

Join us on Monday, Sept. 30, at the West Roxbury Branch Library at 6:45 pm to learn about the newly launched Renew Boston initiative designed to bring competitively priced solar PV to homeowners in Boston. Renew Boston Solarize provides affordable rates and a streamlined process. Find out on Sept. 30 if your roof is a good candidate for solar. To learn more now, visit renewboston.org/solar. Read More »

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What will Boston’s new mayor do on climate change?

Neighborhoods for Climate Accountability, in which WRSE participates, asks you to sign the petition telling the mayoral candidates that you want the next mayor to do more for climate and sustainability. Read More »

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Residential composting pilot program starts in Boston

In August Boston launches a residential composting program in response to public interest in organics-diversion programs and the volume of food waste in Boston’s recycling stream. City residents may drop off food scraps at three farmers’ markets: Jamaica Plain (Saturdays, 10 am–2 pm, 45 Brookside Ave.), Dorchester (Thursdays, 2:30–6:30 pm, 230 Bowdoin St.), and Allston (Fridays, 3–7 pm, 200 N. Harvard St.). Read More »

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BLS wins national Green School Makeover Competition!

Thanks to everyone who voted for BLS as hoped via the link in WRSE’s guest article by student William Burnett last month—you and BLS did it! Boston Latin was chosen from more than 450 entries nationally and will receive a $75,000 grant to help the school reach its goals of “creating a sustainable school garden, making improvements that will reduce energy usage throughout the school and reducing the amount of plastic water bottles on the campus.” Read more about this great award in the Green School Makeover Competition here and see the top ten finalist schools here. Read More »

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