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!