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Cut Your Energy Costs with The Sauer Vertical-Axis Wind Turbine – and Win a Vespa Scooter from Sauer and The Gadgeteer!

on October 18, 2011 9:00 am

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sauer Energy. All opinions are 100% mine.

I saw a poll question on a news site recently asking if the US was heading for another recession.  I was confused because I hadn’t realized the current recession had ended!  Then yesterday I hear that our local power company is requesting an 18% rate increase from the state’s energy commission.  Salaries are stagnant, and the cost of everything is continuing to increase.  Energy costs for my home are a considerable part of my budget.  I’ve done many things to minimize my energy consumption and costs:  replaced almost every light bulb with CFLs, unplugged energy vampires, wash only full loads of dishes and laundry – but still my bills are higher this year than last.  These increasing costs have me contemplating other ways I can reduce my costs.  I’ve already gotten rid of my landline phone, and I think cable is next.

We told you in June about the Sauer Energy Vertical-Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT)  that can even be used in urban settings.  Unlike giant, dangerous, modern wind turbines, the Sauer VAWT is small – only about 3 feet tall with a 6-ft diameter.  It can be mounted to existing structures and requires only 2-ft of clearance above the roof.  It’s small enough that it can be turned by only a 5mph wind, which makes it effective in many geographic areas – not just the windswept plains.  And unlike creaky, old-fashioned windmills, the Sauer VAWT is quiet enough to use without disturbing the neighbors.  Sauer says the turbine can pay for itself in about 2 years in some installations.

Sauer already has your home energy costs covered, and now they’ve joined with The Gadgeteer and a few other websites to offer you a way to reduce your transportation costs, too.  Learn more about how you can Win a Vespa in the Go Green! Go Vespa! contest, after the jump!

With the Go Green! Go Vespa! contest, you’ll have a chance to win a Vespa LX 50 4V scooter so you can zip around town at a maximum speed of 39 mph while sipping gas at an amazing 85-90 mpg!  There are two ways you can enter to win.

  • You can leave a comment for this post telling us which color Vespa you’d choose if you win.
  • Tweet the message  “I can feel the #WIND flying through my hair when I cruise around on my Vespa! Thanks!”

Contest entry period is now over.

The Contest begins at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (“EST”) on October 17, 2011 and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on October 31, 2011 (the “Contest Period”).  The official rules and the list of all the blogs working with Sauer on this contest are found at Go Green! Go Vespa!  And don’t forget to go to the Sauer website to learn more about their energy source of the future!

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  1. 1
    Joni Bender says:

    I like the blue color in your blog for my Vespa please & thank you.

  2. 2
    Craig says:

    Candy-apple red for me, please. Thanks!

  3. 3
    Edward Taussig says:

    I’m in for a Blue one!

  4. 4
    Bob O says:

    If I am lucky enough to win the Vespa, I would like a Dragon Red one. Both the scooter and I are Italian, so it is a perfect fit.

  5. 5
    yanstarla says:

    I’d like the blue one, please. It’d match my house.

  6. 6

    Dragon Red is the safest color! Add Vespa to an RV!

  7. 7
    Matt Penning says:

    Blue looks so soothing and matches the open skies as the wind whips by

  8. 8
    KPDriscoll says:

    A red or yellow Vespa for visibility would be my preference

  9. 9
    John Englert says:

    Blue’s good; even gray primer would be good!

  10. 10
    Tony says:

    Ouch, CFLs dont even save you energy really.
    They are bad for your eyes and dont really help you at all.

    its backwards technology that can actually make you sick.

    CFLs emit EMF that can induce all sorts of ailments including but not limited to Migraines.

    Check it out… search Dirty Electricity CLF

  11. 11
    jimlat says:

    Red…visibility and coolness!!!

  12. 12
    Jenn Johnson says:

    Powder Blue is the color of my dreams….

  13. 13
    Chris says:

    I would like a gray Vespa – to match the gray Sauer turbine I want to put on my roof someday soon!

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  15. 15
    Tim Callahan says:

    If we are going green with the wind, then gree is should be!

  16. 16
    Jerry says:

    I’d like a Celeste Blue Vespa – I think the Dragon Red might be *too* visible.

    BTW, from the Contest Official Rules: “One entry by blog post comment and one entry by tweet per contest participant.” So, two entries possible per contest participant.

    My tweet!/jerryprusa/status/126358628130226176

  17. 17
    Mike T says:

    black would look awesome, but I’d let my wife pick because she would be the one to ride it while I’m on my motorcycle!

  18. 18
    DStaal says:

    Now, if only I’d be able to install one of those and get it ok’d with the Homeowner’s Association. I’m at the end of the row and have a wind-tunnel effect going on…

    (And I’m not entering for the Vespa, since it wouldn’t be able to keep up with traffic. I need 50 MPH min just to get to the grocery store.)

  19. 19
    Gary H says:

    I would like a black Vespa, thank you very much. I live in a Condo, they fret with sat dishes, don’t know if I can put one up, but I’ll check.

  20. 20
    Kevin says:

    I’ll take the metallic blue one pictured in the article.

  21. 21
    GoWind says:

    Blue one for me.

  22. 22
    Jonquil says:

    Dragon Red, please. It’s the only color Audrey Hepburn would drive.

    The Sauer website really, really needs a page that is aimed at consumers; I clicked through and it was hopelessly hard to navigate. (I eventually found some of what I wanted in the FAQ, but the front page is really awful.)

  23. 23
    Macah625 says:

    White one please!

  24. 24
    bob says:

    I’ll take ared one also

  25. 25
    sinjin says:

    i’ll take the red one please.

  26. 26
    geeman says:

    I’ll take the Midnight Blue!

  27. 27
    Bob says:

    I think a red Vespa would be classic and very cool but I might go with yellow for maximum visibility on the road. Safety before fashion!

  28. 28
    AndyVan says:

    I’d like a blue one.

  29. 29
    Chad says:

    A nice blue Vespa

  30. 30
    heatwave16 says:

    I would definitely go with the celeste blue. Love it!!!

  31. 31
    Steven Feinstein says:

    Midnight blue please

  32. 32
    Etta Lee says:

    blue as is listed in your announcement.

  33. 33
    Bret says:

    I too would like Blue.

  34. 34
    Mike says:

    I’d prefer my Ferrari in red. Thank you.

    (Why everybody here is obsessed with Vespa ?)

  35. 35
    Mario Costa says:

    I’d love to ride a black vespa… i’d chrome it out and cruise town wearing a cool Nexx helmet!!

    And thanks guys :)

  36. 36
    Joanne Gregory says:

    I would love a red vespa!

  37. 37
    Greg J says:

    A black one works for me . Thanks

  38. 38
    Bruce R says:

    I would like a black one please!

  39. 39
    Ron says:

    I would like a black one.

  40. 40
    Keith Anderson says:

    Totally want one in black, or red…No, black….Yellow might be safer…but black is cool…Aaarggh! Whatever color you have! I’ll take it!

  41. 41
    Jamie Hoban says:

    Man I could use a red one. My wheels are getting pretty sad.

  42. 42
    Joe O. says:



  43. 43
    Mary says:

    I love the blue. It’s just beautiful.

  44. 44
    Mark says:

    I like the color silver. Works for me.

  45. 45
    Jeff says:

    Make mine red.

  46. 46
    Amanda Owens says:

    I would pick Orange all the way! A great color to go on a super cool ride!

  47. 47
    Brian says:

    Portofino Green is my favorite

  48. 48
    Anita says:

    I would love the espresso color.

  49. 49
    John Anklow says:

    Wow, I so need one of those. I would chose the red.

  50. 50
    Dan M says:

    Off-white and khaki

  51. 51
    Ken says:

    Portofino Green!

  52. 52
    Amanda says:

    I’d love to win the Vespa in “Daring Plum”!

  53. 53
    Cassandra says:

    Plum Vespa for me.

  54. 54
    Tyne Caouette says:

    go blue all the way

  55. 55
    Holly says:

    I would be so very happy with a Celeste Blue Vespa!

  56. 56
    Eldon Karr says:

    I would like to have the Expresso Bronze color. I can see myself sporting around the Blue Ridge on that color very nicely:)

    email correction

  57. 57
    Amber Luce says:

    I’d choose a Mint Green for my dream Vespa

  58. 58
    r bryant says:

    I would like mine in English Racing Green.
    Thank you,

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