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

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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!

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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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58 comments… add one
  • Joni Bender October 18, 2011, 9:06 am

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

  • Craig October 18, 2011, 9:07 am

    Candy-apple red for me, please. Thanks!

  • Edward Taussig October 18, 2011, 9:16 am

    I’m in for a Blue one!

  • Bob O October 18, 2011, 9:37 am

    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.

  • yanstarla October 18, 2011, 9:57 am

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

  • Richard Raborn October 18, 2011, 10:00 am

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

  • Matt Penning October 18, 2011, 10:44 am

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

  • KPDriscoll October 18, 2011, 10:57 am

    A red or yellow Vespa for visibility would be my preference

  • John Englert October 18, 2011, 11:22 am

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

  • Tony October 18, 2011, 11:55 am

    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

  • jimlat October 18, 2011, 12:10 pm

    Red…visibility and coolness!!!

  • Jenn Johnson October 18, 2011, 12:14 pm

    Powder Blue is the color of my dreams….

  • Chris October 18, 2011, 12:50 pm

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

  • michelle rosborough October 18, 2011, 1:15 pm
  • Tim Callahan October 18, 2011, 1:33 pm

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

  • Jerry October 18, 2011, 2:16 pm

    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

  • Mike T October 18, 2011, 3:11 pm

    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!

  • DStaal October 18, 2011, 3:15 pm

    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.)

  • Gary H October 18, 2011, 4:00 pm

    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.

  • Kevin October 18, 2011, 4:22 pm

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

  • GoWind October 18, 2011, 4:25 pm

    Blue one for me.

  • Jonquil October 18, 2011, 5:03 pm

    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.)

  • Macah625 October 18, 2011, 5:47 pm

    White one please!

  • bob October 18, 2011, 6:43 pm

    I’ll take ared one also

  • sinjin October 18, 2011, 6:44 pm

    i’ll take the red one please.

  • geeman October 18, 2011, 6:48 pm

    I’ll take the Midnight Blue!

  • Bob October 18, 2011, 9:15 pm

    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!

  • AndyVan October 18, 2011, 9:21 pm

    I’d like a blue one.

  • Chad October 18, 2011, 9:43 pm

    A nice blue Vespa

  • heatwave16 October 18, 2011, 10:03 pm

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

  • Steven Feinstein October 18, 2011, 10:35 pm

    Midnight blue please

  • Etta Lee October 18, 2011, 11:20 pm

    blue as is listed in your announcement.

  • Bret October 19, 2011, 2:39 am

    I too would like Blue.

  • Mike October 19, 2011, 3:21 am

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

    (Why everybody here is obsessed with Vespa ?)

  • Mario Costa October 19, 2011, 8:16 am

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

    And thanks guys 🙂

  • Joanne Gregory October 19, 2011, 9:34 am

    I would love a red vespa!

  • Greg J October 19, 2011, 10:38 am

    A black one works for me . Thanks

  • Bruce R October 19, 2011, 1:32 pm

    I would like a black one please!

  • Ron October 19, 2011, 4:33 pm

    I would like a black one.

  • Keith Anderson October 19, 2011, 5:25 pm

    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!

  • Jamie Hoban October 19, 2011, 7:55 pm

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

  • Joe O. October 19, 2011, 9:36 pm



  • Mary October 19, 2011, 9:37 pm

    I love the blue. It’s just beautiful.

  • Mark October 19, 2011, 9:43 pm

    I like the color silver. Works for me.

  • Jeff October 19, 2011, 10:18 pm

    Make mine red.

  • Amanda Owens October 20, 2011, 1:48 am

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

  • Brian October 20, 2011, 8:42 am

    Portofino Green is my favorite

  • Anita October 20, 2011, 1:39 pm

    I would love the espresso color.

  • John Anklow October 20, 2011, 10:58 pm

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

  • Dan M October 23, 2011, 10:02 am

    Off-white and khaki

  • Ken October 25, 2011, 10:52 am

    Portofino Green!

  • Amanda October 25, 2011, 1:11 pm

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

  • Cassandra October 28, 2011, 12:03 am

    Plum Vespa for me.

  • Tyne Caouette October 29, 2011, 2:14 pm

    go blue all the way

  • Holly October 29, 2011, 7:09 pm

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

  • Eldon Karr October 30, 2011, 2:17 pm

    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

  • Amber Luce November 5, 2011, 5:44 pm

    I’d choose a Mint Green for my dream Vespa

  • r bryant January 25, 2012, 7:46 am

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

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