Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Save the World *and* Improve Work-Life Balance

Over at On Balance, I have to restrain myself from talking about the wonders of flexible scheduling and telework, lest I bore the natives. But this is just too good not to reference: Sun Microsystems says that teleworking is an incredibly green way to work:
  • Employees saved more than $1,700 per year in gasoline and wear and tear on their vehicles by working at home an average of 2.5 days a week.
  • Office equipment energy consumption rate at a Sun office was two times that of home office equipment energy consumption, from approximately 64 watts per hour at home to 130 watts per hour at a Sun office.
  • Commuting was more than 98 percent of each employee's carbon footprint for work, compared to less than 1.7 percent of total carbon emissions to power office equipment.
  • By eliminating commuting just 2.5 days per week, an employee reduces energy used for work by the equivalent of 5,400 Kilowatt hours/year.
  • Working from home 2.5 days per week saved the employees in the study an average of 2.5 weeks of commute time (8 hours/day, 5 days/week).
As if you needed another reason ...

(via WWD)

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