We had a taste of proper winter in the UK this year, with plummeting temperatures, and schools closed across the country to allow two or three days of sledging fun across the country. My end of month gas bill also reflects this – see below from my Home Cost Tracker
This is the most I have spent in one month on gas in over 10 years. It is partly because of the cold weather, but also because of our new house, which is still nowhere near as insulated and cosy as I’d like it to be. In carbon terms, our gas use works out at early 400kg for the month. That’s a lot,and it is making me think what more I can do. I’ll report back.
Car mileage also up
In between the snow and ice, I managed a couple of solo surf trips to the coast. I usually try to share the trip with two or three surf buddies, but for one reason or another, no-one was around and I really wanted to surf. These solo trips qualify as carbon luxuries, but as I don’t get out much at the moment, they are necessary. From my house it’s about 200 mile round trip to the coast. ON the last trip I managed an average of 67 miles to the gallon on the trip in my evil VW Passat, a total consumption of 14 litres of diesel, and a cost of £17 in fuel. I think that is pretty impressive Running costs etc are of course extra on top of that, which probably double the cost, but it’s still good for a whole day of fun! If you’re interested, the carbon cost of that fuel is around 54 kg CO2e. Not that bad, but much better when split two or three ways with friends. The travelling is more fun too.
Til next time.
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