Greening Your Holidays Will Also Save You Green

The house on the right in this photo illustrates one creative way to save energy (and money) this holiday season! For additional suggestions for ways to green your holiday, Read More »

Five Ways to Save Money on Your Heating Bill

With the temperature falling (albeit slowly) and the winter months soon also to descend upon us, we like to figure out ways to conserve on our heating bill as much as possible. Here are five things we can do that will save money — and energy. Read More »

Watch for Further Developments

West Roxbury Saves Energy hopes you will enjoy watching for the splashes of yellow that will pop up next spring around our town because of our (and others’) participation in the “Boston Blooms with Daffodils” program this month. The City ordered more than 120,000 daffodils, and Mayor Thomas Menino offered some 40,000 of these to individuals and organizations willing to plant them on city property on October 22 and 29. WRSE wanted to make sure that West Roxbury benefited from this initiative, and we were able to Read More »

“Renew Boston” program helps pay for your energy-efficiency home upgrades

If you have been trying to figure out a way to pay for that insulation you know you need to tighten up your house or those energy-efficient light bulbs or water-saving devices so that you can decrease your home energy and water bills, sign up now for a no-cost energy assessment and 75 percent—up to $2,000 off—in energy upgrades for insulation and air sealing. If you live in a 1- to 4-unit building in Boston, you qualify. Read More »

West Roxbury Resident Cycles 600 Miles for the Environment

Climate change is the biggest threat to human existence we have ever faced, and according to scientific facts, now is the critical time to act. However, the problems associated with climate change are so large and so diverse that while one may care about working towards a safer environment, it is challenging to get started. New England Climate Summer, a unique program that sends college students exclusively by bicycle across New England to help build the movement to fight climate change, gave me my start. Read More »

Don’t Water Your Sidewalk and Save Some Money This Summer

You may have noticed in some of the surrounding towns such as Dedham that voluntary water conservation measures are currently in force. While we in West Roxbury are fortunate enough that our water comes from the Quabbin Reservoir—the largest manmade body of water in New England—so that our water supply is not presently in jeopardy of running low, it still behooves all of us to conserve this natural resource Read More »

Living Unplugged

So, what sort of exercise equipment do you own? At our house, we have a rowing machine, a few free weights, a rebounder, a rake, a broom, a push lawn mower, and some snow shovels (but let’s be seasonable about this, forget the snow shovels). Did I digress? Not really. Why not get the benefits of a workout while you go about yard work? Remember when summer lawns used to hiss (thank you, Joni Mitchell)? Now they fairly shout: “I’m being mowed! I’m being blowed!” Read More »

West on Centre Participates in “A Billion Acts of Green”

“A Billion Acts of Green” is the theme for this year’s Earth Day, April 22. Recognizing the power of millions of individual actions, the campaign aims to inspire personal, organizational, and corporate pledges to act sustainably. But billions of acts begin with one small act—so, with that in mind, I’d like to share some recycling ideas that our small restaurant business, West on Centre, believes are Read More »

“Low-Carbon Diet” in Good Taste

West Roxbury Saves Energy recently held its third Smart Energy Party and started this year’s program with some thought-provoking questions whose answers often surprised many of the event’s attendees. As an introduction to how residents of West Roxbury might want to think about their energy use, WRSE asked for guesses to such queries as how many plastic bags are taken each day by customers at the local Roche Bros., Read More »

This Car Runs on Veggie Power

“The use of vegetable oils for engine fuels may seem insignificant today. But such oils may become in course of time as important as petroleum.” To what forward-thinking person may we attribute this timely statement? Why, to none other than Rudolph Diesel, inventor of the diesel engine. Yes, when Herr Diesel demonstrated his engine at the Paris Exhibition Fair in 1898, it was fueled by peanut oil! Read More »