Erin Simpson writes in the Santa Cruz (Calif.) Sentinel reports that at least 18 percent of RV owners are using solar panels.
“While green RVs aren’t mainstream yet, experts agree the industry is moving in that direction,” writes Simpson.
“‘It’s basic supply and demand,’ said Michael Nohr, manager of the Pleasanton-based 21st Annual Manufacturers’ RV Show, which runs May 15-25 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. ‘Consumers want more green features, so manufacturers are beginning to respond.'”
The article lists several ways to help you be a green RV owner:
– Keep the speedometer between 55 and 60 mph to conserve fuel.
– Don’t idle – idling for 10 seconds generates more carbon dioxide than restarting.
– Turn off the lights when you don’t need them and use LED lights in lieu of traditional bulbs.
– Keep engines well-tuned to conserve energy and reduce emissions.
– Live light — literally. Carrying less in your vehicle increases fuel efficiency.
Photo: Use the power of the sun to charge RV and auto batteries, plus run accessories. Sharpe solar module and high-efficiency polycrystalline cells convert sunlight to electrical power. Camping World