Saving Money Using Other Peoples Crap….Literally

Ok, first of all let me apologise for the rather crude subject matter of this blog post but I felt I had to include it as I find the subject matter fascinating.

As regular readers of my blog will know, I talk about making money but from time to time I also like to talk about methods of saving money no matter how unorthodox they may be.

Also, regular readers will know about my liking for an old UK sit com called the ‘Good Life’ which follows the adventures of a middle aged couple called Tom and Barbara Good and their struggles to achieve a self sufficient lifestyle.

I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of self sufficiency and de-linking from the ‘system’ so to speak and ploughing your own furrow so I was delighted to see a report on the evening news this week about a local council’s plan to run their council vehicles from none other than …..well to put it bluntly…..poo!

Yes you read that right….poo, faeces, human excrement, doo doo, plop, poop and whatever other slang term you can think of.

Now for the science bit….

Human sewage is an abundant resource and the local council have conducted tests on how they can save money on petrol costs by running their industrial vehicles on it.

Now don’t be alarmed, I’m sure some of you are having awful visions of people dropping their pants and delivering said substance directly into the fuel tank…..God what an awful image, but no it doesn’t quite work like that.

The vehicles are actually adapted and made to run on Methane gas which is a bi-product of the sewage and can be gathered and processed from the local water treatment plant. The vehicles tested were able to achieve speeds of over 60 mph and went pretty far on one tank of gas.

I had to smile when I watched this report because the way it was portrayed it was as if it was some brand new invention. In fact this idea has been around for well over 40 years, perhaps even more and I first came across it in an episode of the Good Life when Tom Good decides to disconnect from the national grid and make a home generator which runs on pig sewage.

I’ve included a section of the episode below for you to watch if you’re interested and if you want to watch the following parts of the episode just click on the video to open up YouTube and you can find them there.

You never know, watching this may also give you the self sufficiency bug.



  • Sue Schlaiffer

    Reply Reply September 18, 2010

    Hi Eddy,
    Thanks for your very funny post, you just made my day and gave me a good laugh!! I used to watch The Good Life so that took me down memory lane. Just think though, if all council vehicles were running on human poo, would the air not smell rather unpleasant?!!!!
    Keep up the super posts and I will return again.

  • Patrick Scott Donovan

    Reply Reply September 19, 2010

    Eddy, as a way of saying thanks for the entertaining post and video clip, and since you’re interested in such things, here’s a link to a fellow’s work that Tom Good would have definitely referenced as he worked feverishly in the basement, in-between those cups of coffee delivered by his endearing wife.

    Bill Anderson has been at it for a few years now and has accumulated what may be the world’s largest collection of reference material to “crap” info on this “bio” planet. 😉

    I hope you find it worthwhile.

    Kind Regards Always,

    Patrick Donovan

  • Sarah Pritchard

    Reply Reply September 20, 2010

    Hello Eddy,

    Well, you brought back some memories! Gosh, I think I watched every episode of The Good Life.

    I kind of partly live the good life now, with my family, in the South of France, in what was a farm house. We use the pony’s and donkey’s poo for manure but haven’t produced any gas run generators yet!!

    My first vision of this idea of all the industrial vehicles running on methane gas, was people walking about with pegs on their noses. POOH!

    Thanks for the pleasant, or not so pleasant start to my day.

    Angel cuddles,

  • David Maddux

    Reply Reply September 21, 2010

    Hi Eddy,

    Where do you find this stuff? Never mind, just keep it coming! I love this blog!

    Best wishes,

    David Maddux

    • Edward Rush

      Reply Reply September 22, 2010

      Hi David

      I’m full of crap….so my girlfriend says anyway 🙂

  • Alex

    Reply Reply September 28, 2010

    Hi mate!

    Cheers for dropping by the blog, always an honour and a pleasure to have you as a visitor and commenter!

    I am probably going to update it once or twice a week and document my journey. One of the projects/experiments is going to be the info product I have been talking to you about.

    My only concern is that my posts are often too long, and waffling. I have got to try and work on that. I have written 6 articles in the last day for SEO purposes, and each was 700-800 words long minimum. Really need to get a grip on that!

  • Alan Ashwood

    Reply Reply October 8, 2010

    HI David

    I love a laid back blog, even if it’s full of crap. Remember the series, but probably only watched it for Penelope Keith. No seriously it was brilliant. Read your About Me too. I’ve had a ‘varied’ work history, but as I’m about 95 years older than you I expect to have heads start.
    Got no cash, no product, no time and no sense, so I should do well don’t ya think?

    Keep it up mate, we need a bit of cheering up.

    If you want a good laugh, and I’m sure your lady will love this, nip over to Susan OTs blog, and read the week’s fitness diary by her sister, it’s a classic (that’ll be awesome for the Americans, but so’s buying a pair of new shoes, apparently).

    Here’s the link, wait for it . . . .

    Give her my regards
    Cheers from the West Country
    (We’ve got boars here, yes really).


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