Natick Earth Day

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Sunday, April 27
Natick Common, 11am-3pm

Boston’s chief meteorologist from WCVB-TV Channel 5, Harvey Leonard, will be speaking as part of Natick Earth Day on Sunday, April 27 at 1:30 pm. Mr. Leonard will speak at First Congregational Church (2 East Central St, Natick) located directly across from the Natick Common.
Earth Day activities featured on Natick Common include music, demonstrations, information from organizations promoting renewable energy and other environmental initiatives including Natick Community Organic Farm, Natick Trails, Lake Cochituate Watershed Council and others. Get ideas and energize your efforts for recycling, conservation, sustainability, land stewardship and getting involved locally and beyond!
http://www.natickearthday.org

Spring Weekly Challenge #4: Save Energy on Your Water Heating

Water heating is one of the biggest uses of energy, responsible for 14% of the energy use in the average home.  

There are a few easy ways to lower the usage of this energy hog.  

One easy way is to lower the temperature on your water heater.  Many water heaters are set with temperatures up to 140ºF, hot enough to scald and pose a serious safety hazard, especially to young children.  The temperature setting on your water heater is usually easy to change.  There is typically a dial near the bottom of the tank (see the photo below).  If your water heater has temperature markings turn the temperature to 120ºF.  If it does not, experiment over a few days until you find the lowest temperature that still is hot enough for everyone in your house’s showers and baths. If you can’t find a dial, consult the manual.  

This will result in annual savings of $12-30 per 10 degrees lowered, and the planet will thank you. 

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Note that if you have a suppressed immune system or chronic respiratory disease, you may consider keeping your hot water tank at 140ºF.

Other simple ways to lower your water heating include:

  • Add insulation or a “jacket” to your water heater if you feel any warmth coming through the exterior of the tank.
  • Insulate the hot water pipes wherever accessible. This will also result in your house staying naturally cooler in the summer, and will allow the hot water to stay hot in your pipes longer.
  • Install water saving shower heads and faucets.
  • Consider installing a tankless water heater, which creates hot water on demand.

The Reusable Area is Now Open

RDF Step It UpIt must be spring because the reusable’s area is now open at the RDF!
Hours:
Monday – Wednesday: 7:00 am – 12 noon
Thursday and Friday: 7:00 am – 3:45 pm
Saturday: 7:00 am – 4:45 pm
Closed Sundays

PLUS 

smaller_waste_WebMay 4, 2014 from 9 am- 3 pm
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day &
Shred Event
-Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is free to residents only. Here is a list of what they are collecting
-Shred Event is available free of charge to all small
businesses, home offices/businesses and resident