Spring Savings Strategies/Astuces pour économiser au printemps

Strategy 1 – Walk to work

Commuting on foot is healthy and good for the environment, but how much money can you save?  My commute by car would be 3.4 miles, round-trip. Walking is more direct. Subtracting the cost of sneakers (Brooks, carbon-neutral) and a backpack from the savings on gas and car insurance reveals a net monetary savings of $3.00 USD total a month. The carbon savings are significant, at 40 pounds of C02 emissions avoided per month.     

Costs:               running shoes: $100.00 x 1 over 12 months = $8.00 per month

                      LL Bean backpack: $80.00 x 1 over 12 months = $7.00 per mo.

Savings:                                                                     gasoline: = – $10.00 per mo.*

                                                                           car insurance: = – $8.00 per mo.*  Profit:                                                                                          =  $3.00 per mo.

Profit once backpack paid for:                                               =  $120.00 per year

* see breakdown, below

It’s good to know that efforts to save the earth can pay back a little in return.  Just please — don’t mention rent. 

Calculations breakdown —

*Gasoline calculation:  gasoline costs $4.99 per gallon.  Car gets 30 miles on one gallon, so uses 0.03 gallons gas for each mile driven.  0.11 gallons per day x 5 days = 0.55 gallons not used.  That’s about $2.50 per week saved, or $10.00 per month.  Since one gallon of gas is 20 lbs. of C02, choosing to commute 3.4 miles on foot also reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 10 pounds per week. 

*Car insurance calculation:  savings on car insurance over one year amounted to $97.00 because insurer calculates cost based on miles driven per week.  Yes, GEICO charges me almost $100.00 less per year because of the reduction in mileage.  Divide that by twelve to get $8.00 saved per month.

Astuces pour économiser au printemps

Faire un trajet à pied est délassant et bon pour l’environment et la santé, mais combien est-ce qu’on épargne en argent et en carbone? Mon trajet en voiture serait 5,44 kilomètres. En comparant le coût de chaussures et sac à dos aux économies de pétrole et d’assurance voiture, je découvre un surplus de capital de $3.00 par mois. La réduction de carbone, par contre, est significative: 37 livres moins de dioxyde de carbone par mois.

  • Calcul pétrole: à $4.99 le gallon dans une voiture qui fait 30 miles au gallon, on utilise 0.03 gallons le mile. 0.11 gallons per diem x 5 = 0.55 gallons épargnés. Ça fait $2.50 par semaine, ou $10.00 par mois. La réduction en carbone est de 11 pounds par semaine.

2 responses to “Spring Savings Strategies/Astuces pour économiser au printemps”

  1. Sure you can save money and gas, but 3.4 miles seems like a long, time-consuming walk every day. I certainly wouldn’t have the time for that…

    1. Well, the catch is, it’s actually only 3.4 miles in the car. The walking route is more like 1.7 miles round trip, or even less if you walk directly. In the traffic of Washington, DC, I think my walk takes about the same amount of time as it would to drive in traffic. : ) Thank you for the comment and the like.

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