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Household Carbon Footprint Calculator

You can use the following online calculator from the EPA to get a rough “ballpark” estimate of your personal or family’s greenhouse gas emissions and explore the impact of taking various actions to reduce your emissions.
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11282005_50239_0.pngThe Town of Wellesley Department of Public Works Recycling and Disposal Facility (RDF) has an awareness and education campaign called Step Up! focused on increasing recycling in Wellesley. The goal of the program is to increase the residential recycling rate by one percentage point each year.
There are lots of tips here regarding world-class recycling here in Wellesley.

RDF- Recycling Made Easy in Wellesley

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These look good, will save you money over the medium and long term, as well as reduce emissions significantly

According to the American Lighting Association, lighting accounts for about 15 percent of home electrical use. So changing to more energy efficient bulbs can result in big savings on your electricity bill.

Light bulb manufacturers are coming out with many new styles as incandescent bulbs are phased out in response to federal regulations requiring light bulbs to be more energy efficient.

Did you know?
If every household in the U.S.
switched 1 light bulb to a compact
fluorescent, the change would be
equivalent to removing 1 million
cars from the road.

New light emitting diode (LED) light bulbs have many advantages over thecompact fluorescent lamp (CFL). The LEDs turn on right away, can be used with a dimming switch, and do not contain mercury. Although they are more expensive, a typical LED light bulb will also last at least three times longer than a CFL, and at least 20 times longer than an incandescent bulb, which makes the LED ideal for a hard-to-reach location. Here are two LED bulbs we have tried and liked:

The Philips Ambient LED 12-Watt Light Bulbturns on right away, and can  be used with a dimming switch. The bulb emits a soft, warm light, equivalent to a 60-watt incandescent bulb, but this LED bulb uses only 12 watts of energy and will last for 25,000 hours (according to the manufacturer). Available at Home Depot.



The Sylvania 40-Watt Equivalent Warm White LED Light Bulb can be used indoors or in an enclosed outdoor fixture. According to the manufacturer, it willl last 50,000 hours or 45.7 years at 3 hours a day, so you won’t have to worry about changing it for a long time to come. Available at Green’s Hardware.


For more information on choosing light bulbs, see

To understand a little more explore the following links :

EPA – Energy Star light bulbs

Home Depot – LEDs

Amazon light bulb guide