Posted by Tim Stobbs on June 5, 2009
So of you may recall I made a decision a while back to be un-green and drive to work instead of taking the bus. It was a hard decision at the time because I wasn’t sure I was doing the right thing. Now I’ve been at it for a while I’ve come to realize something very odd. It’s costing me less to drive to work than take the bus.
Ok, that conclusion made me go “WHAT?!?!” when I first realized it, but it is true. Parking costs me $37/month, and then I initially started with an extra $20 for gas each month beyond I what I normally put aside for gas. Then in a few months I realized I was using any of that extra money. So now I’m down to my regular amount of $60/month for gas. Then during the last few months I realized I’m not even using all that money a month.
So once you take out the usual errands and other things I realized I’m spending $20 or less a month on gas to drive to work. (By the way for those wondering how I can do that with gas over a $1 per litre again. Short commute + driving the speed limit + small car = dirt cheap commute.) A bus pass in comparison used to cost me $57 a month. So driving is at least equal if not cheaper and saves me an hour of my day.
It’s so not fair. Why is being a self absorbed energy hog a financial reward? That is a problem to me. Everything is setup to be easier to use more and harder to use less with little to know financial reward to doing so. So in the world of easy I really do get why people aren’t green. It takes effort and thought. It’s just easier to eat your fast food toss the packaging in the garbage, watch your huge power sucking TV and forget about doing what’s right.
Somethings aren’t fair. I wonder if it will ever be changed.