WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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December. The Late Season Share supplies cool-weather crops that store well: carrots, onions, shallots, turnips, beets, kale, squashes, and other ingredients perfect for Thanksgiving feasts. Use Less and Alternative Energy Using less energy is a gift to the planet and there are many painless ways to reduce. Local envi- ronmentalist Elizabeth May shares several of her favorites: n INSTALL LED LIGHT BULBS and turn off lights when not in use. n WASH LAUNDRY on warm or cold settings instead of hot. n USE THE "DELAYED START" feature on your dishwasher to draw power and water at off- peak times. n WHEN THE SUN SHINES, hang clothes out- doors rather than throwing them in the dryer. n UNPLUG "vampire" power users, such as clocks in guest rooms and computers when they are not in use. In addition to conserving traditional energy, Ellen Korpi, Chair of the Town of Wellesley Sustainable Energy Committee, encourages homeowners to investigate alternate en - ergy sources. The nonprofit Mass Energy Consumer Alliance offers two Green Power Programs for NSTAR customers: The New England Wind, which adds 3.8 cents/kWh to your NSTAR bill, and New England GreenStart (using a combination of wind, solar and digester gas and low-impact hydro power) that adds 2.4 cents/kWh. Wellesley's Municipal Light Plant (MLP) offers the option to purchase 10, 25, 50, or 100 percent of your electricity from renew- able sources, primarily a wind farm in Maine. For the median-sized home in Wellesley, the extra monthly cost to participate at 10 per- cent costs about the same as a gallon of gas. About 11 percent of all MLP customers cur- Choosing a More Sustainable Lifestyle 78 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 5

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