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The Cambridge Energy Alliance is asking renters to complete a short survey (only 10 questions) and in exchange, will send you a FREE 7-socket smart power strip (a $30 value)! Plugging even just your widescreen TV into one of these power strips can save you more than $140 a year — sounds like a no-brainer to me!

Link to the survey here.

For more info on all the great programs offered by Cambridge Energy Alliance, visit their website.

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One of my new favorite local blogs, The Somerville Beat, recently published a guide to Community Supported Agriculture, aka CSAs — those great services that drop off baskets of seasonal fruits and vegetables to your door or offer pick-up sites around town. I’ve yet to do one (mostly because I have no idea what to with some of the more obscure produce) but I think this will be the year. And I’m grateful to have found this great guide, which lists several CSA options, including pricing and pick-up locations. Well worth checking out…

Guide to CSAs in Somerville & Cambridge

 

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The Cambridge Winter Farmer’s Market kicks off this Saturday, January 5 from 10 am – 2 pm at the Cambridge Community Center at 5 Callender Street (in the Riverside neighborhood). Or head over to the Somerville Winter Farmer’s Market, which runs 9:30 am – 2 pm at The Armory on Highland Ave. Yum, yum!

Cambridge launches its first Hubway stations today | Boston.com.

The first three Hubway bike-sharing stations in Somerville are due to be installed the first week of August in Union Square, near City Hall, and on Beacon Street near the Washington intersection. Nine more stations are also planned, as are stations for Cambridge — yay Hubway!

Read more on Somerville Patch & click on the map below to see existing Hubway Stations around Boston.

Yesterday afternoon I took a walk over to North Point to check out the new footbridge connecting Cambridge & Charlestown — sooooo cool! I hate to admit it, but it was the first time I’d even fully explored the North Point Park, which is meandering and lovely — like having a mini-Esplanade on our side of the river. Makes me want to buy a condo at The Regatta or North Point, just to have this as my back yard. Click on the first image below for a slide show…

dasHaus pavilion in Cambridge

Sorry, this one’s not for sale, but it’s great for inspiration!

DasHaus is a traveling exhibit, sponsored by the German American Chamber of Commerce, about innovations in sustainable home construction and energy efficiency. The pavilion is currently here in Cambridge, at 219 Vassar Street on the MIT campus — I stopped by on Saturday to check it out. Here are a couple things I found very cool:

Solar panels built into a wall of wooden louvers — new technology in ultra-thin panels allow for solar to be incorporated into a home’s design, not just tacked on as an afterthought.

dasHaus pavilion in Cambridge - solar panels

Super airtight door frame — as someone whose windows let in not only breezes, but snow (!!) in the winter, I can really appreciate the stepped design of this door and frame, which I can’t imagine anything getting through!

dasHaus pavilion in Cambridge -- airtight door

Built-in curtain tracks — this feature isn’t really about sustainability, but it makes a lot of sense and looks very clean — reminds me of a modern version of the picture rails of the past.

dasHaus pavilion in Cambridge -- curtain track

If you’d like to check out dasHaus yourself, you’d better hurry — it’s only here through June 27!