The second day of April brought yet more snow to the north of the UK. It quickly melted but was not widely welcomed. We’ve had enough of winter for this year!
In spite of the cold spells, March was slightly warmer overall than February where I live, and my home energy fuel bills reflect that, with spend of £75 on gas and £47 on electricity for the month. Over the past year I have spent £469 on gas, and £511 on electricity. Not bad, and well below the national average, but much higher than in previous years due to the new, rather draughty, house.
In terms of car fuel, we did 692 miles in the car, which is again pretty high, with fuel costs of £73.84. The other car costs were standing charges (£142) and wear and tear (£56). For the whole year, we did 9,522 miles, and spent £961 on diesel. The car did just over 51 miles to the gallon, or 11 miles to the litre. I’m pretty pleased with that overall, although plans are afoot to buy an all electric vehicle in the next couple of years, as standard diesel/petrol cars continue to make less sense in cost terms.
In carbon terms, our footprint is 3.4 tonnes for the past twelve months. This has gone up a bit because of the fiendishly cold winter and the bigger house, but overall is still around a quarter of the national UK average. We are plotting a lot of improvements that will hopefully take us much closer to our goal of a two tonne footprint and financial independence.
All of these figures are taken, as always from my Home Cost Tracker. If you want to see how much you are spending, and start saving, download it now for free.
Til next time!