The 5th Grade Girl Scout Troop at Hunnewell challenges the community to a plastic water bottle free weekend, April 27-29, 2018.  This weekend is chosen in honor of Earth Day, a celebration of nature.  On this weekend, they ask you to plan ahead and bring a reusable water bottle to school, sports and activities.

This video will encourage you to sign their pledge and adhere to do your best to ditch disposable water bottles and go reusable instead.  Some suggestions they offer to make the change include:

Be prepared
Try to remember to keep your reusable water bottle filled and ready to go for school, practice, rehearsal, on car trips, walks etc.

Doing so will allow you to take action to help the earth, keep our environment cleaner, and to save money.

They encourage you to lead by example and spread awareness so others will choose to go reusable too!

If you can do it for a weekend, you will see how easy it is to make the change forever.

Give it a try.

Thanks for the inspiration Hunnewell Troop 78199!

Phyllis Theermann

Energy_star_Lighting_GraphicThis week’s challenge is to get rid of all your remaining incandescent light bulbs and be part of an even BIGGER challenge from the Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA is asking retailers to sell 20 million ENERGY STAR certified LEDs by Earth Day on April 22, 2014, AND help show customers how to save energy, save money and prevent climate change with their lighting choices.

Here are 7 reasons GREAT reasons that the EPA suggests we change our bulbs to an ENERGY STAR certified LED:

“1.)    Energy Savings: ENERGY STAR certified LED bulbs use 70-90% less energy than a standard incandescent bulb.

2.)    Money Savings: A single ENERGY STAR certified LED can save more than $135 in electricity costs over its lifetime.

3.)    Affordability: The prices for ENERGY STAR certified LEDs are dropping big time—as low as $5 per bulb with in-store rebates.

4.)    Long Lasting: ENERGY STAR certified LED bulbs now look and light more like traditional bulbs, but can last 25 times longer—over 20 years total with typical use.

5.)    Quality and Performance: An ENERGY STAR certified bulb will give you the best LED experience. Only bulbs with the ENERGY STAR are independently certified, undergoing extensive testing to assure that they perform as promised.  To earn the ENERGY STAR, these bulbs must demonstrate that they will meet consumer expectations by delivering on brightness and producing light in all directions.

6.)    Peace of Mind: ENERGY STAR certified LED bulbs carry a three-year warranty.

7.)    Environmental Protection: By replacing 20 million traditional incandescent bulbs with ENERGY STAR certified LEDs, this country would save more than $118 million each year in energy costs, and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to that of more than 150,000 vehicles”


feit lightblubOne Sustainable Wellesley member recommends the Feit Electric BR30 Flood lights. These 65W equivalent recessed ceiling LED light bulbs are available at many local retailers have a great color temperature, are instant on, dim well, and fit perfectly in standard recessed cans. They were $7.99/bulb after instant discount. We figure that is a 4.5 year payback, if one replaces incandescent and have them on just 30 – 45 minutes per day.

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