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Rachel Offerdahl

Rachel Offerdahl

Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)

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We're up to installment 6 in our series of 96 tips for going "green." Check out these ideas for being water wise. Then, scroll down for installments 1 through 5!

48. Take shorter showers – not baths (except for babies!).

49. Turn off the water when you brush your teeth.

50. Use water-efficient appliances, like low-flow showerheads, on-demand water heaters, and a toilet that uses around 1.6 gallons per flush instead of 3.5.

51. Use a reusable water bottle and coffee mug and make sure they are BPA-free.

52. Fix leaky faucets.

53. Do full loads of laundry and use high efficiency machines and detergent. Use less detergent and wash clothes in coldest water appropriate for your load.

54. Do only full loads of dishes or wash dishes by hand.

55. Know where your storm drains go and don’t use chemicals in your garden or on your lawn. Never dump anything but water in a storm drain.

56. Learn about and explore your watershed.

 

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As Deputy Director of DOER's Green Communities Division, Lisa helps lead a team devoted to working with Massachusetts cities and towns to realize environmental and cost benefits of municipal energy efficiency and renewable energy. Prior to joining DOER, Lisa worked in the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs from 2007 to 2012, first as Press Secretary and then as Assistant Secretary for Communications and Public Affairs. Her previous communications and public relations experience includes both government and the private sector, where, as principal of upWrite Communications, she served clients such as The Trustees of Reservations, The Nature Conservancy, and Partners Health Care/North Shore Medical Center. She began her career as a journalist, covering Beacon Hill for the State House News Service, and later wrote for a variety of other publications including The Boston Globe, Teacher Magazine, Animals Magazine, and The Gulf of Maine Times. The author of two books, Lisa serves on the board of the Saugus River Watershed Council and resides with her family in Melrose.

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