Thursday, 3 November 2016

31. Commute gold mine!

Every day when I drive to work, that same thought crosses my mind. Twice. Or even more often (especially on sunny days or when I’m stuck in traffic). I want to know my total costs for driving to work.
Where I am not (yet) in a position to have a company owned car the commute is all mine. Well, off course there is a part of my salary reserved to pay for this, but would it not be great to be able to save out on this!?  

A quick google search on "50km commute on electric bike" gives me a great example: https://www.transportenvironment.org/news/bike-fit-50km-commute. At least Mr. Rzoska puts his money where his mouth is! Hope his experiment is well, it’s been a while since I have seen an update on it...

Back to my case:

I have been keeping a log of petrol use for all work related travelling. The record runs from the start of May this year. Only a month later I would start a new challenge located at 50km from the Dutch lake house. Prices are given in Euros, different gas stations were used. It’s fairly easy to find that these km’s are only work related because I only use one car:

My VW golf type 4, (16v 1.4 engine) built in 1999!

#
date
days between
volume
EUR / L
Tank price
Total km
Tank km
1 L per x km
fuel price per km
1
5/2/2016

49
1,429
70,02
149479
877,5
17,9
0,08
2
5/20/2016
18,00
48,66
1,449
70,51
150368
889,2
18,3
0,08
3
8/6/2016
19,00
48,84
1,469
71,75

859,9
17,6
0,08
4
17/6/2016
9,00
48,23
1,459
70,37
152093
864,4
17,9
0,08
5
1/7/2016
14,00
47,54
1,459
69,36
152945
852,1
17,9
0,08
6
15/7/2016
14,00
49,53
1,354
67,06
153831
886,1
17,9
0,08
7
28-07-2016
13,00
49,43
1,399
69,15
154726
895,4
18,1
0,08
8
12/08/2016
15,00
48,72
1,409
68,65
155607
880,9
18,1
0,08
9
08/09/2016
27,00
48,1
1.429
68,73
156480
873
18,1
0,08
10
21/09/2016
13,00
48,02
1,439
69,1
157338
857,3
17,9
0,08
11
05/10/2016
14,00
49,48
1,444
71,45
158190
852
17,2
0,08
12
19-10-2016
14,00
48,97
1,499
73,41
159056
865,9
17,7
0,08
13
1/11/2016
13,00
49,42
1,431
70,72
159895
839,8
17,0
0,08

Admit it, for a 16 year old, 17,8 km per L (on average) is quite impressive. As compared to a modern Suzuki Baleno 1.2 (nr 10 in the top 10 of ANWB, the Dutch version of AAA or motoring organisation) with it’s practical use of 17,2 km per L!

These figures translated into graphs to clearly display trendlines:
Where this last one really startled me. In only HALF A YEAR I have spent almost 1000 Euros on Euro95 Petrol.

With the background information that there is not even 2000 Euros reserved in my yearly salary, this did come in as a shocker.

Seen that the weather is pretty brutal for cyclists for at least 25% of the year it is likely that the alternative I’m looking for is only for half a year. That includes for a 100% safety margin already. This brings my budget for 1 year to 1000 Euros. Not having to spend a 1000 Euros per year actually means an extra win! Gold mine.

Currently, I own a bike of at least 15 years old. Only last week I had it’s back tyre fixed what must have been the first bit of maintenance on it in years. Not taken into account 5 years ago when I was run over by a car and got the front wheel smashed. All in all, this is not the machine that is going to bring me a 100km further. Per day.

Keep you updated!

Have an awesome day!


DLH

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