Project Lichtnstein (The greenest house in Minnesota)

Over the weekend I was invited to see an amazing house that was completely off-the grid, self-sustaining, and incredibly eco-friendly. Christian Milaster designed and built the house from scratch and says that he only pays about $100 a year in utilities. He called the house — Project Lichtnstein (Light and Stone in German). The entire house is heated by both the natural sunlight and the radiant heat generated from the unique stone fireplace. It was truly an amazing piece of engineering and architecture that allows the house to be so energy efficient. Christian is pioneering a new field of engineering. I call him a “green” engineer and I truly believe that this is a field of study that will be in high demand in the not-so-distant future. If you’re more interested, read about Project Lichtnstein and subscribe to his blog.

Coming Soon To All 50 States: The 60 mpg VW Jetta Diesel

Wired Magazine online has reported that Volkswagon has finally been able to get approval for their impressive 60 MPG VW Jetta Diesel automobile to come state-side.  My take on it is, why don’t other car manufacturers step up to the green challenge that Toyota, Honda, and now Volkswagon have brought.  For now, I’ll be using my Yamaha Vino scooter (70 MPG) a lot more when Spring and Summer weather starts to kick in.  I am still very surprised that people in Minnesota still drive their SUVs and trucks a lot.  When $4 a gallon hits, many people will start to re-evaluate their transportation options, for sure.  Read more at Wired.

My new toy: Yamaha Vino

Check out my new toy!

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Just got it delivered to my house yesterday. I went around my neighborhood and down some back roads to get comfortable with the speed. The speedometer says it can max out at 80 MPH, but based on my first few rides, I seriously doubt that it can go that fast. Going uphill, it seemed to max out at 45 MPH. On a straight flat road, it had no trouble going 50 MPH. I did not go faster than that, as the ride started to get a bit rough.