FYI...the Group Install is being performed by Wayne Mitchell and Ken Keuler.
TWO GUYS and TEN BLOCK HEATERS, OUT TO SAVE THE EARTH
The Milwaukee Hybrid Group (MiHG) Will Hold Its Second Prius Block Heater Group Install This Saturday in Pewaukee
Pewaukee, Wis. This Saturday around 9am, people will be wondering what is happening to their Kopmeier Drive neighborhood. There will be as many as 10 Toyota Prius hybrids in the street and around the garage of Bradlee and Justin Fons, founders of the Milwaukee Hybrid Group for a block heater group install. Ten MiHG members will be traveling from Madison, Beaver Dam, Belgium and Thiensville WI. and from Chicago and Tinley Park IL. to have new block heaters installed by two other MiHG members. This will be the second such event offered by the MiHG to its members. The first occurred on Sat. Dec 17th in Oak Creek WI. when 5 Prius had block heaters installed in about 21/2 hours hours. This time, MiHG members intend on getting this done by 1pm: 10 heaters in 10 cars in 4 hours.
Most MiHG members believe that block heaters are an energy efficient means of improving cold start fuel mileage and lowering greenhouse emissions. National Resources Canada estimates that winter fuel economy can improve as much as 10% with a block heater. Environmental Services of Anchorage, Alaska states that a block heater can reduce cold start CO emissions by an average of 60%. In addition a block heater can give you more heat quicker than in a vehicle without one. Block heaters can also reduce engine wear and promote cold weather starting all for about 30 cents a day (with a timer set for 3 hours).
Though MiHG members are always looking for ways to improve mileage and lowering emissions, block heaters are as effective in any vehicle hybrid or conventional. And the last benefit is that you will have heat in your vehicle within minutes after starting. Many will find that benefit alone well worth the investment.
For additional information on block heaters and other EcoDriving tips to better fuel economy, stop in at the Milwaukee Hybrid Group booth at the upcoming Milwaukee Auto Show. Look for our members in the hybrid green vests.