Nissan Leaf

Lake Forest’s First All-Electric Nissan Leaf powered by Real Estate

That’s right.  Two and a half years after putting a 7.1 KW photovoltaic solar panel system on our roof, we finally took delivery of a Lake Forest’s first all-electric Nissan Leaf.  It was on the ship right ahead of the tsunami and arrived at the dealer a few days ago.  Our Lake Forest Real Estate now provides free fuel for our car.  Pretty cool, huh?  I say it is time to move out of your condo and get control of your roof…and your future fuel prices. 🙂

Here is a link from the write-up in the newspaper:

http://lakeforest-ca.patch.com/articles/is-this-the-first-electric-car-in-lake-forest

Save on Fuel for your Car

Four-buck gasoline is a reality again for some American motorists. Only this time, unlike 2008, the price spike follows years of deep national recession and its aftermath—including rampant job loss and home foreclosures. That means many households’ battered budgets are less able to absorb higher gas prices, especially when the costs of such necessities as food and clothing are rising fast too.

Paying $4 per gallon would mean a household spends $4,800 on gasoline in a year, assuming the household owns two vehicles getting 25 miles to the gallon and traveling 15,000 miles. There’s a one-in-four chance that the average price of gas nationwide this summer will exceed $4 per gallon, according to a forecast by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

For consumers, a long-term solution to higher gas prices is to drive less or drive a more fuel-efficient vehicle. But in the short term it matters more “how” you drive than “what” you drive.

Here are suggestions for saving money on gasoline, with help from the U.S. Department of Energy, Consumer Reports, the Alliance to Save Energy and Edmunds.com: http://rismedia.com/2011-03-29/spending-smart-gas-sipping-tips-to-fuel-money-savings/   Look at my upcoming post to learn how Gary and I are dealing with the high gas prices.

Why is this Blue Car Really Green?

It’s St. Patrick’s Day and what Green item are we looking for at the end of the rainbow?  Why of course, it’s a shiny new leaf.  No.  Not a clover leaf, but a Nissan Leaf.  Two years ago we installed a 7.1 kilowatt photovoltaic solar panel system on our roof here in Lake Forest so we could look forward to receiving one of the first all electric cars and power it from the sun.   Well, the boat from Japan unloaded our new car right before the tsunami.  As we speak, we are waiting for the call from the dealer to tell us that we can come pick up our St. Patrick’s Day Green Vehicle.  Actually, the color is white, but we will sure be saving a lot of Green on it when we plug it into our solar powered house instead of a pump at the gas station!