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12 The Julian News if installed $10,000 CECrebate $3,000 IRS tax cedit $ 2,100 Final cost $4,900 www~~ 760-767-5662 Propane Service Questions & Answers About Our Environment Dear EarthTalk: I've heard that hybrid engine technology is now being used to power boats. What's happening with that? --D. Smith, Portland, ME With concerns about climate change and the fate of the world's imperiled oceans and waterways at an all time high, it makes sense that the boating industry would be looking into greener ways to try to do their part and to attract some of those increasing numbers of environmentally conscious customers. increasing envlronmenta consctous Pictured: The recently retrofitted Hornblower ferry and Angel islands in San Francisco, which runs alternative energy sources, including a hybrid die system powered by solar cells and wind turbines rigi photo by John K, c( Corp. last year launched a hybrid Version of its compact catamaran-style speedboat. The Cruises, the privat that runs the servic( Hornblower is the customers. to Alcatraz on several sel-electric rt on deck." ,urtesy Flickr company claims the irst hybrid Americans spend 500 sporty little two-seater, which is ferry boat in the c auntry. The million hours zipping around in lightenough to be towed by a 64-foot vessel has advanced recreational boats each year. Mini Cooper or Smart Car, can power managementlsystem that Bet until recently the engines on run for eight hours on lessthan a regulates when an l how the these boats were held to much gallon of gas, and costs less than different power sourqes are used lower efficiency standards than $6,000 all in. so it can make besI use of its their automotive counterparts. For those looking for a larger, energy and minimize emissions. Last year the U.S. Environmental more luxurious ride, the 25-foot Passengers can see many of the Protection Agency announcedFrauscher hybrid might be just technological advan,:ements on new more stringent emissionstile ticket. The speedy $155,000 the vessel, making standards for,marine engines-- Austrian-built pleasure boata fun and scenic but both in-board and outboard--combines an electric engine with ride. that will go into effect in 2010. a 256 horsepower Steyr diesel In another d, In fact, several hybrid boats are motor to allow for emissions-free the U.S. Navy has already on the market, boasting harbor cruising or high octane contracted with emission ratings well below the speeding across open water. Technologies, mak( new standards. If you!re not quite ready tofamous Zodiac line The 24-foot Endeavor Green take the plunge on a hybrid inflatable boats, tc 532"B"*" IStreet Electric Hybrid can run all day boat yourself, check out oneseries of hybrid, b, P.O. 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Alcatraz technologies into its 'or not only educational )velopment, reportedly Solomon :rs of the of rugged create a rats where d stealthy paramount :reationists, 3eace anti- may get "k one out n is already ating hybrid recreational September 9, 2009 and commercial product lines as well. CONTACTS: EndeavourGreen, www.endeavourgreen .com; Craig Catamaran, www.craigcat. com; Frauscher Boats www. frauscherboats.com; Alcatraz Cruises, www.alcatrazcruises. com; Solomon Technologies, www.solomontechnologies.com. Eco-Friendly Tips (NAPSA)--When it comes to going green, it's important to think big--and small. While there are many "big" things people can do to save our resources--such as buying energy-saving appliances or driving hybrid cars--it's impor- tant to know that even pint-sized efforts can contribute to a cleaner, healthier world. 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