Phyllis Theermann

SW Festival

Come to the second Sustainable Living Festival this May 16th!  We are bringing together electric cars, delicious local foods, solar power, stylish upcycled fashions and a lot more.  There will be activities for the kids, ways to save money, exciting new technologies and interesting lectures and movies.  The event is on the Saturday of Wellesley Wonderful Weekend, so it’s a great time to spend the weekend in Town and check out everything that’s going on.

The Sustainable Living Festival will be at Wellesley’s Municipal Light Plant – right next to the Fire Station on Routes 9 and 16 and runs from 10am to 3pm.

We are currently signing up exhibitors. PLEASE CLICK HERE

Rate for commercial organization : $75, covers direct costs and overall costs of the event.  Rate valid until February 28.

Rate for nonprofit : $15, covers incremental costs per exhibitor.

Do let us know as soon as possible if you’re interested in exhibiting, and we’ll be in touch to tell you more about it.

Phyllis Theermann

What is next
Many of you told us that the People’s Climate March was such an

“Important experience for me and my family.”

Then you told us

“You wanted be more actively involved because the experience reinvigorated you.”

Now is your chance!

Be part of a Climate Action Group based in Wellesley to keep the momentum of the People’s Climate March going.
Sustainable Wellesley is hosting the first meeting on Sunday, November 16th from 1-3 pm where we will decide where we are going to take this next. The meeting is at 75 Emerson Road, Wellesley, the house of Quentin Prideaux who will facilitate the meeting.

Please click this link to confirm your attendance :
[OR : please RSVP to info@sustainablewellesley.com ].

Phyllis Theermann

Making a difference is as easy as…

  1. Conservation
  2. Efficiency
  3. Renewable

This month’s conservation top tip comes from the Bender family.

The Benders save over $4500 each year from energy conservation and efficiency which makes it easy to justify spending less than $10 per month to power their home with 100% renewable electricity through Wellesley’s Renewable Energy Program.

All too often electricity is framed as energy = money, but there are more reasons to use electricity efficiently and other contexts to motivate action.  One of the hot political topics is how to eliminate waste, fraud and abuse in government spending.  When it comes to our home electricity use reducing waste, fraud and abuse is one of the easiest and most rewarding places to start.  The Bender family was able to reduce electricity use 21% by reducing “always on” power, or vampire energy, by unplugging or using a power strip to shut off electronics:

  • Stop Waste by unplugging Infrequently used equipment – This is a great opportunity to unplug or use a power strip.  Something as innocuous as a treadmill,  can use more “off” than a table lamp “on” for 8 hours.
  • Eliminate Fraud – Is your cable box pretending to be “off” but still using power?  A DVR cable box will use more power in 12 hours switched “off” with a button  than a 55-inch LED TV uses in 3 hours “on”.  Use a power strip or timer to switch off your entertainment electronics
  • Reduce Abuse from computer peripherals – Don’t waste your time with cell phone chargers when a laser printer can use as much electricity in “standby” as 100, plugged-in, cell phone chargers.

Kill-A-Watt Meter

How do you know if your electronics are wasting power? Some small electronics like phone chargers, battery chargers, cable boxes can be checked by touch; if the electronics are warm, they are using power.  Larger electronics like a printer or audio/video require a power meter like the Kill-A-Watt meter to measure the electricity usage.

How much electricity can you save by reducing “always on” power use? – Many homes can save 10% by using a few power strips.  That is enough savings to offset the cost of 25% renewable energy.

Take Action:

  1. sign out a Kill-A-Watt meter from the library
  2. Learn more about various electronics standby power in your home
  3. Apply your savings to Wellesly’s Renewable Energy Program