Keepin’ it green

Since 2007, we’ve offered our Renewable Energy Credits (REC) program to new customers as a way to demonstrate our commitment to make personal, green transportation a viable solution to a real problem.  RECs, or carbon offsets as they’re sometimes referred to, “work to replace traditional polluting sources of electricity with clean, secure, and sustainable sources of energy that come from solar and wind power” (Bonneville Environmental Foundation) .  These renewable energy projects produce clean energy, which helps to secure energy independence and fight global warming by reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. Less carbon dioxide in the environment + a smaller carbon footprint = good news for everyone.

At the beginning of each year, we round up these registrations and purchase the credits from a supplier, offsetting the electricity typically used in one year to charge your Segway PT (if you ride a lot, that’s about 200 kilowatt hours).  Last year, our credits from BEF went to power communities in North Dakota (Wilton Wind), California (Rooftop Solar in Moreno Valley), and Washington (White Creek Wind) and saved over 18, 000 lbs. of CO2, the equivalent of nearly 23,000 miles of automobile mileage.

It’s last call on 2009’s credits and we’re looking to best last year’s numbers. We encourage every new owner, whether you’re a small business, patrolling officer, or a casual user, to sign up here. It’ll only take a minute of your time (more like 30 seconds) and you’re on your way to offsetting a portion of your carbon footprint for 2010. What better way to start off the New Year a little lighter in the carbon department?

Learn more about keeping it green with your Segway PT. For a detailed look at the Segway PT’s impact in reducing global warming, read our whitepaper.

Not an owner? Check out our carbon calculator on Segway Social and see what you could save by using a Segway PT.

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