Post Content

Rachel Offerdahl

Rachel Offerdahl

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

View Rachel's Bio

From avoiding chemical pesticides to recycling, it is easy to be "green" at home. This eighth post in the 96 Ways to Go Green! series suggests a few. For previous Go Green posts, scroll down!

71. Use eco-friendly soaps and cleaning products.

72. Use fans year-round to circulate cold air in the summer and warm air in the winter.

73. Wrap your water heater in an insulated blanket and don’t turn it up higher than 120.

74. Use traps instead of poisons to get rid of mice, rats, and insects.

75. Use cedar chips or aromatic herbs instead of mothballs.

76. Recycle printer cartridges. Some printer cartridges can be refilled and reused – ask your local office supply store.

77. Make pet treats from scratch and store them in a reusable container. It’s healthier for your pet, less expensive, and uses less packaging.

78. Burn seasoned woodinstead of green wood in your fireplace or woodstove, and don’t make a fire when air quality is poor.

79. When painting, staining, and finishing, avoid spray paint in favor of brushes or rollers. Buy low-VOC or water-based products and don’t buy more than you need for the project.

80. Have your septic system pumped and inspected regularly.

 

Written By:


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.

Recent Posts

Advancing Zero Net Energy Buildings posted on Aug 13

Advancing Zero Net Energy Buildings

When I started an internship this summer with the Leading by Example program at the Department of Energy Resources (DOER), I knew that I would be working on projects related to energy efficient and sustainable buildings.   While I was familiar with LEED certification, I didn’t   …Continue Reading Advancing Zero Net Energy Buildings

Women Shaping the Agenda in Energy and the Environment posted on Jul 28

Women Shaping the Agenda in Energy and the Environment

I joined the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) as an intern in the Renewable Energy Division at the start of the summer. As a recent graduate, one of my main internship goals has been not only to learn about the energy industry and policy, but   …Continue Reading Women Shaping the Agenda in Energy and the Environment

Getting Started and Gaining Insight into Energy Storage posted on Jul 14

Getting Started and Gaining Insight into Energy Storage

I joined the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) team a few months ago and, as you might imagine, have been introduced to a mountain of new information. Before I joined DOER, I had a very general understanding of what the department actually did for the   …Continue Reading Getting Started and Gaining Insight into Energy Storage