My husband and I just recently went electric/hybrid. We traded in our gas guzzling van in for an all electric Ford Focus and an Ford Fusion Hybrid and I’m LOVING the change. Going to the gas station gave me a heart attack because we were filling once or twice a week at $60 a punch. Sharing a car with my husband was ending up going to Redmond and back about twice a day if I wanted the car. (stay tuned for four different energy efficient car reviews) Since I’m so happy with my energy savings I want to find other ways to save energy and share them with you. Let’s all change our Lifestyle.
Ford and the MyEnergi Lifestyle® initiative have kicked off the MyEnergi Lifestyle retrofit contest with Katie Couric on her syndicated talk show “Katie.” Homeowners can enter this national contest for a chance to win a package that includes a Ford C-MAX Energi –America’s most affordable plug-in hybrid vehicle, new Whirlpool brand appliances, a SunPower solar power system and other home products designed to bring energy-efficient living to a typical American family.
The contest is now open and runs through June 9, with the grand prize winner to be announced this summer.
Through the MyEnergi Lifestyle initiative, Ford is bringing together leaders in the home appliance, renewable energy and power management industries – including Eaton, SunPower and Whirlpool. Additional featured companies are semiconductor provider Infineon and Nest Labs.
WHY YOU SHOULD CHANGE YOUR APPLIANCES:
As Americans’ thirst for energy grows, recent advancements in technology make this the ideal time to demonstrate the benefits of optimizing a family’s energy footprint. Along with 729 gallons of gasoline and 122,000 cubic feet of natural gas, the average home in America uses more than 11,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity a year; in 1930, the figure was 500 kilowatt-hours. That’s an increase of 2,100 percent.
Home appliances have made huge gains in reducing energy usage. Today, the typical smart appliance, like a refrigerator, uses 70 percent less energy than one built in 1980.