Lowering Our Carbon Footprint, part 2

Earlier this year I wrote about how Jerry and I have bought an engine-less lawnmower in Lowering Our Carbon Footprint, part 1.  I guess the next logical thing to write about is the car.  Since we live in Wisconsin, it’s nearly impossible to fill up a hydrogen, biodiesel, or other alternate-fuel using car.  Jerry had a pretty serious accident in January, though, and we needed to replace the ruined Pontiac Sunfire.  The funny part is that the night before the accident, we had been discussing buying a hybrid as our next car while eating dinner at Zebb’s Family Restaurant

Well, about a week after the accident, we inquired at the local Toyota dealership (after finding out that Honda’s not making the Insight anymore – and they’re impossible to find used) about the Prius.  We did our research and figured that the Prius gets the best gas mileage of any car on the market.  We had discussed the expensive sticker price for the car, and figured that if we wanted the automotive industry to make more cars like the Prius and continue to be progressive in its use of fuel, we should really start putting our money where our mouths are.  So we did.  And now we have a car payment that costs more than some apartments we’ve lived in, but the car is efficient, comfortable, fun, and safe.  The thing has airbags everywhere.  Now, if Jerry were to get into another accident like his last, he would certainly be safe. 

So, we have shown the auto industry what we want with our most recent purchase.  What was your most recent “green” event?  Leave a comment!

2 Comments On “Lowering Our Carbon Footprint, part 2”

  1. Hi.

    I am a conservative and hence the reason why I believe in conservation. I have replaced almost all my lightbulbs in my house with the new curly-Q bulbs. Also, I have cut my dish washing to every 2 weeks and turned the ‘stat down to 70 from 72. I can’t go lower or else my cat runs around with her hair standing up because she gets cold. I have two 4 banger cars. A 2000 Pontiac Sunfire GT and a 2006 Scion xA. Both cars are LEVs but GM was too cheap to get the Sunfire certified as such. The “Sunflower” gets 25 city/highway and the xA gets 32 city/highway. I only drive the Sunfire twice a month or as needed. My heating bill has dropped about 10% and my electric bill by about 15%. I can’t wait for them to come out with the new diesel electric hybrids but we have to wait until around 2012 for these. They are predicting 60 on the highway and 70 around town.


  2. Awesome! Thanks, Jason! I always thought that being a conservative should mesh perfectly with conservation … I can’t wait to see what the automotive industry comes up with in the near future, especially with the new cafe standards that were just passed.

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