Electric Vehicle Event on April 20th at Golden Real Estate

Golden Real Estate is celebrating Earth Day by holding an electric vehicle round-up on Saturday, April 20th, from 10 am to 3 pm in our South Golden Road parking lot.

It’s a national event, called “Drive Electric Earth Day,” organized by Drive Electric Week, which is held every September. As with that event, we’re inviting owners of electric cars, trucks and motorcycles to show their vehicles and maybe offer rides. You can register online at www.DriveElectricWeek.info as either an EV owner or attendee

As an extra added attraction, I have invited Best Electric Bikes USA (who sold me my electric bicycle a few years ago) to set up shop and bring some electric bikes for test rides. Research has shown that owners of electric bikes ride more often and therefore get more exercise than owners of non-electric bikes. It’s true for me!

EV’s: Yes, They Have Lower Range in Winter, But Consider the Offsetting Benefits

Maybe you saw the coverage last week of the American Automobile Association’s warning that electric cars lose up to 30% of their range in very cold weather. This happens because the battery in an electric car is also used to warm both the cabin and the battery itself. This loss of range matters more, of course, when EVs have only 100 miles of range than in the newer electric models with over 200 miles of range.

Having driven EVs for seven years now, I can report that an EV is, in fact, the best car for winter driving. Here are just a few reasons:

You’ll never have trouble starting your car. It’s a battery and motor! Turn it on, put it in drive and go — no warming up. Also, you can warm up the cabin before you unplug. Even if you don’t, the cabin will be warm in less than a mile.

You’ll never stall or get stranded. And you’ll never break down. There are only 50 moving parts in an AWD Tesla. The only time you’ll find an EV on the side of the road is when it has a flat tire or has been in an accident.

You won’t have to gas up in the cold. Think of your EV like your smartphone. Plug it in at night and you always leave with a full charge in the morning.

It handles better in snow. An AWD EV has a 50/50 front/back weight ratio and a lower center of gravity, which translates to great traction.

If stranded in a blizzard, you’ll have heat. Even if your EV is upside down in a snow drift, the heater will keep you warm, burning only 5 miles of range per hour. And no worry about carbon monoxide poisoning!

Talk to any EV owner to learn more. If you don’t know one, call me!

GoFarm Needs a Refrigerated Box Truck or Large Van (with A/C) — Can You Help?

I am helping this great non-profit that is dedicated to providing our community with fresh locallygrown produce. If you know how they might obtain a used refrigerated box truck or large van with A/C (as a full or partial donation), call Founder/CEO Eileen O’Rourke at 303-906-6222.

GoFarm, which is active in combatting food insecurity in Jeffco, is holding a fundraising brunch this Saturday, Feb. 23rd, at The Origin Hotel Red Rocks in Golden. Event includes brunch, mimosas, and interesting conversation!  Click here to purchase the $25 tickets on Eventbrite.

Environmental Film Festival Is Next Weekend

Every February, Golden Real Estate is proud to co-sponsor this nationally-recognized festival featuring short and feature-length films about the environment and the all-important issue of climate change.

Recently I attended a preview of this festival — a celebration of the inspirational, educational, and motivational power of film to engage people in the protection of their environment —  and  came away looking forward to seeing as many of the films as I can during this year’s festival.

Featuring over 50 films, including several world and Colorado premieres, this important event will be held Feb. 21-23 at the American Mountaineering Center in downtown Golden.

Both local and international, short and feature length films will be shown.  Films that explore the undeniable and inescapable interconnection of our planet’s ecology, societies and economies. Award winning pictures, such as Elephant Path, winner of the Best Feature Film Award at the Portland EcoFilm Festival in 2018, will be screened, as will newer films, including ones made by youth filmmakers.

Another film, Hearts of Glass, documents an ambitious experiment to provide year-round produce to a mountain town, while employing community members with disabilities.

Audiences will be entertained and will leave inspired, surprised, motivated and transformed through events that will involve audience members and filmmakers in thought-provoking dialogues and forums about the films.

In addition, there are children’s films, festival celebrations, and an Eco-Expo (where Golden Real Estate will have a booth) highlighting local efforts to address environmental issues. The festival’s web site, www.CEFF.net, provides a schedule, a description of the various films and ticket-purchase info.

Feb. 21st Sustainability Session Focuses on Home Heating Methods

The second  session of Golden Real Estate’s sustainability series is next Thursday, Feb. 21st, 5-6 pm, in our South Golden Road office. Some seats are still available. Reserve yours by emailing  Jim@GoldenRealEstate.com.

At this session you’ll learn about the alternative energy-saving systems for heating and cooling homes and offices including our favorite method, heat pump mini-splits.

Our lead presenter will be Bill Lucas-Brown of GB3 Energy, who installed our mini-split system.