Subaru Outback Q & A


Our posts on our Subaru Outback selection and subsequent Import DIY posts have garnered a lot of attention in these early days of this site.  I thought it best to start up a Question and Answer post where I will post some of the intriguing questions I have received from one reader regarding our Subaru Outback import.  After the post we encourage other readers to post questions in the Comments to this post and I will answer all of them! Update: Dec 8, 2010 I decided to follow up with the dealer regarding what J had told me about the…

Don’t Lighten Your Wallet with Inefficient Light Bulbs


As part of our ecoEnergy Retrofit we will replace all of the inefficient light bulbs the previous owners had installed.  Upgrading light bulbs is not covered by the ecoEnergy Retrofit program, however, we recognize that upgrading to compact fluorescent lights (CFL) or even LED (light-emitting diode) ligh bulbs will save us money.  Our personal and financial philosophy dictates that we try to save money and leave a smaller carbon footprint whenever it makes sense to do so.  When it comes to electricity usage we recognize there are many ways to reduce our bills and keep our money in our pockets…

Entering the Foray of Personal Finance


Mrs. Sustainable PF agreed to marry me about two and a half years ago and we wed just over a year ago.  We determined that we needed to prioritize some important things in our lives which included choosing and buying a home together as the house we were living in was one I purchased shortly before meeting Mrs. Sustainable PF.  We fixed up our house and sold it while also finding and purchasing the house of our dreams. We also wanted to buy a new car, a Subaru Outback, which we purchased in the Summer of 2010.  Both of these…

Our ecoEnergy Retrofit


In September 2010 we moved into our new (to us) 100 year old home.  We felt it prudent to ask for average utility costs prior to buying and we were taken aback at the heating costs of our soon to be new home.  I had done an ecoEnergy retrofit on our last home (heating block was cracked in the 25 year old furnace so I wanted to get some money back, wanted to save money on heating and reduce our carbon foot print) and in 2009 our average heating bill was $96 per month (mainly due to a warm winter,…

The ecoEnergy Retrofit Program


[caption id="" align="alignright" width="300"] Image via Wikipedia[/caption] The ecoEnergy Retrofit Program is (was) a fantastic idea where the Federal and Ontario governments would provide up to $5000 to homeowners who was to make their homes more energy efficient.  I say "was" as the Tory government suspended its involvement in March 2010 a full year prior to the planned end of the program (March 31, 2011 where you could get tax credits for 2011).  Ontario will also end its involvement in the program as scheduled.  The program essentially gives rebates to home owners who make their home more energy efficient depending…

Our US Subaru Outback Purchase – Part III – Financials


This series of posts outlines how we saved $9364.47 importing a 2011 Subaru Outback Limited in the United States as a vehicle import.  The following is the purchase details of our purchase. Here are the numbers: Total Cost: $27,293 invoice (MSRP in brackets) $26270 invoice for car ($27995) $695 destination fee $309 for PZEV -$300 dealership discount $110 State Fees $52 - rear bumper cover ($80) $84 - splash guards ($129) $34 - rear cargo net ($52) $39 - all weather mats ($69) Assessed price (in CDN for taxation purposes - assessed at customs): $28,288 $1,514.42 GST + AC tax…