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Ok commuters, how much fossil fuel did you save the planet?(9 posts)

Ok commuters, how much fossil fuel did you save the planet?look271
Jan 5, 2003 8:44 AM
I commuted a modest amount compared to alot of you, but I did a quick run-through of my miles and this is what I came up with after Sunday coffe =).
974 miles (approx 11 miles round trip)
48.74 gallons of gas (assuming a gas mileage of 20 mpg)
$63.34 saved (assuming $1.30/gallon)
re: Ok commuters, how much fossil fuel did you save the planet?tmotz
Jan 5, 2003 9:56 AM
Outside of fossil fuel use,what about the health benefits?
Weight loss ,fewer heart attacks or obesity to name a few.
Probably increased fuel consumptionContinental
Jan 5, 2003 10:37 AM
Disrupting traffic patterns makes all those SUVs slow down and accelerate, burning more gas than another car. Don't deceive yourself. You aren't saving the planet. And all the fumes you're sucking during peak drive times probably doesn't do much for your health either. Man, am I a grouch today!
Yeah, you are.look271
Jan 5, 2003 11:00 AM
Should've had some coffee with me. =)
1700 miles of commuting this year...biknben
Jan 5, 2003 4:17 PM
Ironically, I drive a Diesel Golf that gets over 40mpg. I don't save much fuel. I use the commute to train so I'm saving time.
This year...Andy M-S
Jan 6, 2003 5:58 AM
Well, I don't have a computer, but my round trip is 15 miles. I commute by bike at least 75% of the time (I get one oil change or so a year). At 28 MPG (the Civic doesn't get the mileage it used to) that works out to a minimum of 100 gallons saved.

I don't think of it in terms of money, I think in terms of two 50-gallon barrels.
Probably more air quality benefit than use of petrolRay Sachs
Jan 6, 2003 6:59 AM
My commute and shopping trips are pretty short - I commute almost every day, but still probably only put in about 1,500 miles per year commuting. The main benefit I see is the lack of cold starts on my car - cold starts (starting an unheated engine - not as bad when you've been driving a while, go into a store for a minute, and then start it up again, warm) are the biggest cause of auto related air pollution. I figure I save 600-700 cold starts per year by commuting and doing small shopping trips by bike.

Oh yeah - its more fun than driving too.

-Ray
Definately more fun.look271
Jan 6, 2003 9:17 AM
Plus, you are "that guy on the bike" rather some nameless face in a Camry. =)
re: Ok commuters, how much fossil fuel did you save the planet?Duane Gran
Jan 6, 2003 10:48 AM
Nice question. I did the numbers and found that I saved myself about $170 in gasoline costs this year by commuting 2,600 miles. However the real savings is that I don't have to pay to park my vehicle.