Slide 29 of 39
Having left their family homes our two subjects are now very much more responsible for their personal GHG emissions. One of the first and most important decisions they make is their form of transport while students in London. Mr Bellamy opts for his bike and an all year public transport pass costing £264 and leading to annual GHG emissions of around 260kg. Meanwhile, Mr Prescott chooses to buy and use a 7 year old Ford Escort for his transport. Purchase and maintenance costs aside, this option costs him around £407 a year in fuel and produces 2050kg of GHG. For their holidays during this time Mr Prescott travels each year to Bangkok at a price of £427, with the flights producing a massive 2745kg of GHG each year. Mr Bellamy instead travels by train to Bath at a cost of £26.10, and producing only 10.5 kg of GHG.
The GHG emission and monetary savings possible in their rented student accommodation are fairly limited for both our subjects. As relatively 'low' energy users in London, each would normally produce around 4,750 kg of GHG from 'household' sources, at a cost of nearly £300 in energy bills each year. However, Mr Bellamy saves over £14 and around 300kg of GHG by using energy saving strategies - setting his computer to 'sleep mode' for those times when he is away from his desk for more than a few minutes. He saves a further £10 a year in electricity bills and about 200kg of GHG by replacing the two light bulbs in his bedroom with 'energy efficient' light bulbs.