Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Saving Green by Going Green at the Pump
Ten years ago, my reason for buying a Prius was to be gentler on our planet. I was concerned about reducing greenhouse gases and my dependence on oil (full disclosure: there are some who say I wasn't concerned enough to give up my car completely. You are right, it is a journey for me too).
Two weeks ago, the Prius turned over 100,000 miles and all of the early hoopla about the batteries not lasting and other scary myths have been put to rest. I calculated the cost of gas for driving those 100,000 at my average of 47mpg. Based on $3.35/gallon (avg) paid at the pump, this was a total of $7,127.66.
Just for fun, my husband calculated the cost of gas for his business' pick-up truck, which also has 100,000 miles, and found he paid over $21,000 to drive the same distance. I saved nearly $14,000 in gas alone by driving a hybrid!
It turns out, by "doing the right thing" for the environment, I did the right thing for my pocketbook. Perhaps it is time to dust off the bike after all.