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Nissan Leaf hits 3,000 sales in July, Chevy Volt climbs over 2,000

Nissan Leaf hits 3,000 sales in July, Chevy Volt climbs over 2,000 | Sustainability | Scoop.it
Both the Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Volt see sales increases in July 2014, setting the stage for a great month of plug-in vehicle sales.
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As an electric car owner I am very excited to hear the sales of electric cars are continuing to rise.  I own a 2014 Nissan Leaf with about 8,000 miles of purely electric driving.  The only time I stopped at a gas station was to get gas for my wood splitter.  


While electric cars are not for everyone I think after you take some time to assess your driving habits you will discover that electric cars meet the needs of many.  


My commute is 23 miles and I can drive to work and back on the highway on a full charge with miles of to spare.


Many worry about access to charging stations.  In Rhode Island there are over 61 charging sites located throughout the state. http://www.energy.ri.gov/Transportation/index.php


As part of my effort to continue to reduce our overall costs and eliminate debt, the electric car has met my expectations.  


Not to mention that I am reducing our dependence on foreign oil and helping the environment by offsetting some of my carbon footprint.


My cost to own the car is about $40 a month with my last service costing me $23.  This surely beats most car payments and service bills.  So I sacrifice my ability to jump in the car and drive 300 miles straight.   How often does anybody just drive 300 miles without planning ahead?  


For the big trips and other activities we drive my wife's car.

Everyone says "You need to replace the battery"


Trust me smart people are working on improving battery technology and reducing the costs associated with replacement.  If we don't make electric cars mainstream then how will these reductions in costs be accomplished.  


Do you remember the cost of a cell phone 20 years ago? Thanks to the early adopters of cell phone technology we all have a cell phone that is cost effective and much smaller than that bag phone some folks had in the early 1990's.   



The solution is not to replace all the gas cars on the road with electric ones...the solution should be to have a balance of electric, hybrid, and gas cars on the road to reduce our overall dependence on oil, reduce overall costs and to help the environment.  


I think everyone should consider the advantages of owning an electric vehicle. 


Thank you for taking the time to read my post.  Please check back often at www.greenprepared.com for insights on how to Save Money, Save Energy and Be Prepared.  



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Municipal Solid Waste | US EPA

Municipal Solid Waste | US EPA | Sustainability | Scoop.it
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After recently completing a Master Composting class at the University of Rhode Island Outreach Center I have gained a new understanding for the need to manage our waste stream.  As part of the program we toured a large scale commercial composting operation, the State landfill and the worm lady http://www.wormladies.com/.


While my family was thoughtful about recycling and keep a compost pile I never understood the volume of waste involved in the waste management stream,  


This infographic shows how thoughtful management of the waste stream in your home can make a difference at the landfill.  Food and yard waste does not need to go to the landfill and can be effectively managed and composted at home.

http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/nonhaz/municipal/infographic/index.htm


Consider making sustainability a part of your lifestyle. 


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Composting for Sustainability | GreenPrepared

Composting for Sustainability | GreenPrepared | Sustainability | Scoop.it
Composting helps reduce the impact individuals have on the waste stream by diverting yard and food waste into a compost pile.
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