So that’s January gone, and it’s time for me to take a few end-of-month readings for my Home Cost Tracker – and find out how much I’ve spent on everyday stuff this month. As you will have gathered from the post title, it was a big fat zero spend on car fuel in January, which was good to see (and no, I never did go to journalist school, hence the lame give-it-all-away titles I give these posts).
Volkswagen has been covering itself in shame again, with the news that it has been testing its exhaust fumes on monkeys and humans, in an attempt to prove that diesel emissions are actually really good for us. I’m considering starting a petition to encourage diesel emissions testing to continue – but only on senior VW executives who volunteer to breathe it in for a few years and then map their future health…..
Anyway, the reason I mention VW is that I drive one – see my post on how I’m doing it all wrong. However, in my defence, I try to only use it for long journeys, and minimise the slogging round town – which the old estate is pretty rubbish for anyway, and very expensive.
In other good news, our spend on gas was down considerably compared to December, in spite of some fairly normal chilly weather (plus a few days where we didn’t need the heating or the fire on at all….in January…what the??!…..)
Greenhouse Gas – how’s it looking?
See what I did with that title there? Trying to keep the suspense, y’see! Well, all in all, it looks like we are heading for a carbon footprint of around 3 tonnes again, in spite of moving to a bigger house. That is pretty good news, and there is still plenty more to be done.
Finally, I’ve been playing around with the new LiveLight Youtube channel. I’ll be posting some stuff on there very soon, so look out for it.
Til next time.
If you want to make a start on cutting your living costs and carbon footprint, I really recommend trying the Cost and Carbon Snapshot. It takes about five minutes, and gives you a great starting point for making savings.