18 December 2006

End of Year Carbon Report

On 16 June 2006 I picked up the most expensive piece of machinery I have ever purchased--a 2006 silver Honda Civic Hybrid. Since I was moving to Houston (a city with a reputation for bad public transport) from Boston (a city where owning a car is ridiculously difficult and not worth the expense or effort), I needed a car. So I splurged and got a properly green car.

(I researched both the Toyota Prius and the Honda Civic Hybrid. The Prius and the Civic get comparable gas mileage but the Prius was more expensive.)

So here are my stats (since 16 June 2006):

miles: 6,436
lifetime mpg: 47.9
number of tanks: 13
total gallons of gas: 134.4

My record tank was my drive from Chilhowie, Virginia, to West Memphis, Arkansas, a drive across the entire length of Tennessee: 55.7 mpg.


By my calculations, with my $2500 federal income tax credit, if gas remains about where it is in Houston today ($2.159/gal), my car's $3000 premium for the hybrid power train will have paid for itself within 18 months of purchase. Hurrah!



At Tuesday, December 19, 2006 2:19:00 PM, Anonymous Mike D. said...

Way to bring some crunchiness to oil country!

Happy Holidays!

Mike Davidson

P.S. I am re-realizing the extent to which a little David Eddings allows the brain to relax after the semester.

At Tuesday, December 19, 2006 4:07:00 PM, Blogger Vicoprofen said...

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At Wednesday, December 20, 2006 10:41:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Impressive numbers. Of course Houston has a functioning public transport system. It may take two hours to ride the six miles to your destination, but its there and besides saving on the greenhouse gases, also teaches the virtue of patience.

At Monday, January 08, 2007 3:11:00 PM, Blogger The Constructivist said...

We leave Fukuoka in less than 8 months and already I'm missing the car-less life. I'm in the best shape I've been in since the early 1990s, for one thing. When we get back, we're going for the Prius for the space--with 2 little but growing girls, we couldn't imagine cramming ourselves and the car seats in every day. Enjoy Houston! My only memories are from childhood--heat, humidity, and huge (cool) bugs and ferns!


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