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Wait. What? A home solar system, plus a FREE EV charger


ChargePoint and SunEdison are teaming up to make your investment in sustainability affordable.  Right now if you purchase a solar panel system from SunEdison, ChargePoint will throw in a FREE Home 25 electric vehicle charging system into the deal. 

With a value of $499, the ChargePoint home system features are: 

Fast and Easy: Up to 6x faster than your standard 110V outlet delivering up to 25 miles of Range Per Hour (RPH). With a standard J1772 connector, you can charge any EV on the road. We walk you through installation with a video, guide and electrician tip sheet.

Integrated: See all your residential, public and workplace charging with your ChargePoint account. Home works with Nest so you can track usage and save on energy costs.

Connected: Updates automatically with the latest software upgrades over WiFi. Use the ChargePoint mobile app to remote start, schedule and set charging reminders. See your energy use and how many miles you’ve added based on your car model. Plus, the mobile app will recommend the best time to charge based on your utility.

Safe and Reliable: UL listed, meeting the stringent requirements of the nation’s leading safety standards organization. Home comes from the world leader in commercial EV charging and is backed by a 3-year warranty.

Designed: Home provides speed and power all in a compact, ultra-thin design with a footprint of just 11.2 x 7”. Use the cord rest at the top of the station to keep the cord clean and off the ground. Home can be installed indoors or outdoors.

If you drive an EV, this is a great way to power through your roof with solar, because:

 
  • Your utility bills may drop—or even plummet.
 
  • Your home value could go up—a lot.
 
  • You'll get fast, convenient charging at home that's up to 6x faster than plugging into your wall outlet and connects to your Nest thermostat and ChargePoint mobile app.
 
  • You can own or lease with no money down.

...and did we mention that the ChargePoint Home is FREE?

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Propane Mower Incentive Program

Have you heard about the propane mower incentive program? 

For landscape contractors, fuel costs play a huge role in profitability. With the Propane Mower Incentive Program, you can earn $1,000 per qualifying new mower purchase or $500 per qualifying mower conversion. In return, you'll provide feedback and performance data for one mowing season.

What do propane-powered commercial mowers offer?

  • Lower operating costs.
  • Proven performance.
  • Fewer emissions.
  • Easy on-site refueling and less downtime.
  • Reduced fuel spills and pilferage.
  • Abundant fuel supply produced in the United States.

 

See what landscape contractors are saying about switching propane-powered mowers: 

A limited number of incentives are available. We recommend that you apply for participation in the Propane Mower Incentive Program before you make a purchase of a qualifying mower or conversion kit. You will be notified shortly thereafter of your acceptance into the program. Fill out the application below. Read/Download the Eligible Equipment and Application Guidelines .

 

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TRS Question of the Month: How can I improve my gas mileage while driving this winter?

Question of the Month: How can I improve my gas mileage while driving this winter?

Answer: Whether taking that long-awaited ski trip or just commuting to work in the frigid weather, there are several things you can do to improve your fuel economy and save money in the wintertime.

Why You Get Worse Gas Mileage When It's Cold
Cold weather and winter driving conditions can reduce your fuel economy significantly. On particularly chilly days, when temperatures drop to 20°F or lower, you can expect to see up to a 12% hit on your fuel economy for short city trips. During very quick trips—traveling only three to four miles—your fuel economy could dip even lower (as much as 22%)!

This reduction in fuel economy is due to several factors. First of all, cold temperatures increase the time it takes your vehicle to warm the cabin, engine, drive-line fluids, and other components up to fuel-efficient operating temperatures. Cold fluids increase the friction on your engine and transmission, which can reduce fuel economy. 

Let’s take a moment to address one of the main myths about driving in cold weather:

Myth: To warm up your engine and vehicle cabin in the wintertime, you should let the engine run for several minutes before driving.

Truth: Most manufacturers recommend driving off gently after about 30 seconds of idling. In fact, the engine will warm up faster when driving.Idling can use a quarter to half a gallon of fuel per hour, and even more fuel if the engine is cold or accessories like seat heaters are on.

Also keep in mind that winter gasoline blends in cold climates have slightly less energy per gallon than summer blends. This is because refineries alter the chemical makeup of gasoline to allow it to evaporate more easily in low temperatures, ensuring proper engine operation.

Aerodynamic drag is another consideration. In simple terms, cold air is denser than warm air, so when temperatures drop, wind resistance increases slightly. This requires a little more power from your engine to drive at a given speed. The effects of aerodynamic drag on fuel economy are most significant at highway speeds.

Winter Fuel-Saving Tips
The following tips can help you warm your car (and fingers!) more efficiently and improve your fuel economy in the winter:

  • Park in a warmer place like a garage that traps heat to keep the initial temperature of your engine and cabin higher than it would be outside in the elements.

  • Avoid idling to warm up the engine and cabin. See more information above.

  • Avoid using seat warmers more than necessary, as they require additional power.

  • Plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) owners: Pre-heat your vehicle while still plugged in. Since PEVs use battery power to provide heat to the cabin, cabin and seat heaters can drain the vehicle’s battery and reduce the overall range. If you need to warm up quickly, warm the vehicle while it’s still charging.

  • PEV owners: Use seat heaters instead of the cabin heater when able. Using seat heaters instead of the cabin heater can save energy. Seat heaters use less energy than cabin heaters and can often be more efficient at warming you up quickly in the winter.

  • Read the owner’s manual for detailed information on how your vehicle’s cabin and seat heaters work and how to use them efficiently.

 
Do you live in a place where snow and ice isn't an issue? Check out the May Question of the Month: 
(http://www.eereblogs.energy.gov/cleancities/post/2015/05/19/summer_fuel_economy.aspx) for year-round warm weather driving tips.

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Plugged In: The Port of New Orleans Races Ahead in Environmental Sustainability

Two years ago, the Port of New Orleans stated their commitment to environmentally sustainable practices.  Since then, the port has made leaps and bounds in their accomplishments.  In July, the port launched Louisiana's first public fleet of Nissan Leaf vehicles.  This effort will reduce greenhouse gasses and air pollutants significantly as EVs generate 0 tailpipe emissions.  

The Nissan Leaf was a good choice for the port; the vehicles average about 100 miles for each full charge.  Nissan donated two chargers to the port due to their investment in the vehicles.  The chargers are featured in the fleet parking lot.  

“Adding the two electric cars to the Port fleet of vehicles is a big gain for us toward our clean air strategy,” says Ryan Bylsma, Port Manager of Facility Services. “We’re grateful for the leadership and support of the Board of Commissioners, Nissan, the Regional Planning Commission [the host agency for the Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuel Partnership], and all Port staff involved in procuring the vehicles.”

To read the full story, click here

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