In regards to this AP article about Bed Bugs which ran in the Danville Register & Bee the other day: The article only focused on pesticides to control the little blood sucking pests, but there is another non-checmical alternative. There’s a store in Roxboro, NC which has an oven specially designed for ‘cooking’ matresses. It cooks them at 240 degrees for 2 hours effectively killing anything that might be living inside. It’s located at E-Plus Thrift Flea Market Shop. Their phone number is (336)599-3438. It’s only $7.50 per mattress and it can cook pillows too.
Don’t forget to set your clocks back this Saturday night! This year’s time change is a week later this year than normal. The reason Congress changed it this year was to help conserve energy costs by extending daylight hours. What do you think? Did it save you any energy? Did you enjoy the extra daylight?
In a post last month titled Electric Cars or Really Fast Golf Carts I calculated my payments on the new Tesla Electric Powered Roadster. The payment was $1872 per month for 72 months! My new friend Matt from Members CU in Winston-Salem commented “But think how much you’ll save on gas! 🙂 “. While typing a response to Matt I thought it worthy of it’s own post so here it is:
When I bought a used motorcycle last summer I calculated that I would need to drive it approximately 10,000 miles for it to pay for itself. Even though it gets 55 mpg that 10,000 mile goal continually grows as I find more and more things to do to it. Stuff like change the oil, buy a new tire every so often, and buy some warmer clothing to wear!
Here’s a rough calculation to try and justify the cost of the Tesla: I drive about 9000 miles per year without kids in the car. My Corolla averages 29 mpg. That’s 310 gallons of gas per year. If gas averages $2.75 per gallon that’s $853.44 per year spent on gas. Since the Tesla takes no gas I’ll save that money, every penny! But the total cost of the Tesla including interest on the loan is $134,827. So I would need to drive it for 157.98 years to break even on it! Or that’s 1,421,825 miles!
So, as totally cool as it may be, the only way I’ll ever drive one of those cars is if I get a part time job as a valet in a major city! 🙂
Since Piedmont Credit Union started offering one half percent off the interest rate for cars that get better than 40 miles per gallon, I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for good deals on fuel efficient and hybrid cars. Here’s one that really caught my eye! Take a look at the newest 100% electric car to hit the U.S. market. Tesla Motors has recently made their new roadster available for pre-order. Currently their website estimates that if you order one today you would receive it by July 2008. But with a starting price of $98,000 I think I’ll be waiting much longer than that to get behind the wheel. The car is rated to go from 0 to 60 in 4 seconds with a top speed of 135 mph. It will go up to 200 miles on a single charge and recharges in about 4 hours. The trunk is just the right size for a set of golf clubs!
Just for fun I calculated what my payments would be for a new metallic orange Tesla roadster with all the options priced at $116,275: At the discounted rate of 5.00% the payments would be $1,872.60 for 72 months. That doesn’t include taxes and registration!