Five Patriotic Challenges for 2015

JAN 1 2015 BY MARK HOVIS 5

Eat healthier

Not to be confused with just losing weight in the new year. You don’t need to be an expert to know to start with the soft drinks and junk food, followed by processed foods. Rule of thumb, if you can’t pronounce the ingredients, it’s probably not good for you.

Exercise

Start a moderate exercise routine. Start simple with something you can commit to.

If you want eat right and exercise for yourself, or your loved ones, in 2015, do it for your country. No matter your health care system, there is a hardly any other individual effort that will aid yourself and the long term health burden of your country more than reducing the ever growing burden of poor health.

Pay it Forward

Take the time at least once a month in 2015 to help someone in need with your time, services, or other means of support. If everyone did 12 acts of kindness in 2015 it will change the world and your country too.

SolarCity at Union Bridge, MD

SolarCity at Union Bridge, MD

Invest in solar energy

If you are fortunate enough to own property with land or an accessible roof, consider 2015 your year to commit.  There is no real minimum size, though 3-5kWh system may be the minimum for some installers. Don’t try to offset your entire usage, just get in the game!

For the US market, you have two years left to take advantage of the 30% federal tax credits and often substantial state incentives.There are a number of tools available like PV Watts that let you calculate how effective solar will be in your area.  Every year you are called upon to contribute to different causes. Solar is good for your pocket book long term, good for the planet, and will aid in your country’s renewable energy mix. Renewable energy is good for your country’s GDP as well as  job growth too.

 

Lease an EV

2015 Chevy Volt

2015 Chevy Volt

If you are set with functional vehicles in your home, then enjoy what is sure to be at least another year of low gas prices. If 2015 is your year to purchase a new vehicle, consider the likelihood that you will not see years of cheap fuel before the price pendulum swings back again.

If you are still uncomfortable purchasing an EV,  do what many of the first million global PEV plug-in electric vehicle drivers will have opted for which is a lease. There are many attractive leases available and with the savings in fuel will likely add little if any additional cost.

Let this year be the year you move your country forward to the next era of transportation. If you are considering, or already have photo voltaic solar panels offsetting your electricity needs, then you will be in good company with the ever growing movement that has made this logical and environmental connection. Make no mistake, this is a global movement. Do the patriotic thing for your country by launching them into the next era of transportation.

In the end, no one can make a bigger difference in health and energy than you. Happy New Year from InsideEVs!

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Bill Howland

“Eat in moderation”

Makes it easier to get in adn out of a Roadster.

“Start an exercise routine”

Walk a little further to the public charger.

Micke Larsson

With the wave of right wing extremest in Europe I would hardly call “patriotic” inspiring, more like depressing.

Anyway… it could be worse. It could have been the Five “patriotic” challenges for “freedom” in the “war on” xxx with the help of the “second amendment” “in the name of God”.

Why not just ride your bike a bit more often? That would solve all of the above 😛

(but if you still want or need a car, make sure it’s an EV of some kind)

Anon

Sometimes, doing something simple (let alone, Patriotic) like riding a bike, isn’t as straightforward as one might at first think…

Most of the bicycles available for retail sale in the US– are built overseas. This might not be an issue for most buyers, but the US’s economy is still struggling due to the lack of manufacturing jobs. Most of these tasks, were outsourced overseas. And outsourcing jobs, IS a form of economic warfare.

If Patriotism is truly important to you, try to buy bikes that were built locally, just like your fruits and vegetables. And this is far easier than you might think.

Here are some links to US Built Bikes.

http://oldglorymtb.com/mountain-bikes-made-in-america/

http://www.americansworking.com/bikes.html

http://usamadeproducts.biz/vehicles-bicycles.html

http://www.hiwheel.com/