Posted by Tim Stobbs on February 6, 2009
Well the other day I finally made a decision on something that bothered me a bit until I thought about it. I made a choice that increased my carbon footprint, uses more natural resources and costs me more money. So what did I do? I’m now driving my car to work most days.
WHAT?!? After all my talk of using the bus is a good thing, what the hell happened? Well in a nut shell I had an offer than changed the math. You see typically driving to work each day was a stupid idea because of the costs involved. When parking runs you about $120/month and then about an extra $60 in gas, it’s damn more expensive than $57/month for a bus pass.
Yet when my work offered me a parking space just behind the building for a total of $37/month (a combination of cash and taxable benefit) and the price of gas has dropped to the point it will cost me about $40. Suddenly I had to think about the other factor in all of this: my time. So for about an extra $1 a work day I’m now saving close to an hour of my day. In my book that’s a fairly good deal. (I’m also aware that secondary costs are not included in this calculation like more frequent oil changes and other wear on the car.)
So other factors that helped my decision were that fact parking spaces at my work don’t come up that often. Typically most employees have to wait four or more years to get a spot. I happen to just get lucky and get one after two months. The other factor was my wife is going to go back to work in May so from that point onwards the car won’t be used during the day all week long.
So how has it been? Well I dislike having to warm up a car and scrape windows again, but I love getting home in about 15 minutes after work instead of the usual 30 to 45 minutes. I’ve also realized if I can car pool with someone I might be able to reduce my costs a bit and cut back on the environmental impacts as well. So I will be looking into doing that. Yet regardless I’m still happy with the decision, I enjoy that extra time with my boys in the evening.
So how about you, have you ever made a ungreen choice and didn’t mind it at all?