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!

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 http://bit.ly/SauerEnergy!”

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 thoughts on “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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  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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!

  5. 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.)

  6. 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.

  7. 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.)

  8. 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!

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

    And thanks guys 🙂

  10. 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!

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

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