Work From Home & Pass Gas

Research Shows Working From Home Could Reduce Greenhouse Gases by 100 Million Tons and Cut Persian Gulf Oil Dependence by 75%


With Earth Day only a few days away (April 22), we decided to quantify how much telecommuting could save, and how much more it could do to save the planet. What we figured out is astounding — if the people who could work from home actually did, we could tell the Middle East to pound sand and take a big bite out of global warming as well.

Our conclusions are based on an analysis of data from EPA, DOT, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Consumer Electronics Association, Matthews and Williams, The Reason Foundation, the Energy Administration, and Census Bureau data. All pretty credible sources, wouldn’t you agree?

Currently, only four percent of the U.S. workforce works from home, but research shows that about 40% have jobs that could be performed at home. Our analysis shows that if they did, these 50 million new teleworkers could annually save 587 million barrels of oil (roughly equivalent to 74% of our annual Gulf Oil imports), reduce greenhouse gases by 101 million metric tons of CO2, and save almost $52 billion at the pump. Each worker individually would save 26 work-days and over $1,000 — time and money now wasted commuting. That’s the equivalent of an extra 5 weeks vacation a year!

These findings are the result of our ongoing effort to quantify the costs and benefits of telecommuting for workers, employers, communities, and the nation. To find our how much gas your city, county or region could pass by encouraging people to work from home, or how much your existing telecommuters already save, check out our work-at-home research page. Incidentally, we’ll customize the data—free of charge—for reporters, government agencies, companies, and other organizations who want to know the potential impact more work-from-home could have on their carbon footprint. Requests can be submitted via email to info (at) undress4success (dot) com.

While telework offers individuals who can work from home a better work/life balance, it also offers companies real increases in productivity, higher worker satisfaction, and reduced costs. For the community, telecommuting offers reduced highway congestion, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and less dependence on foreign oil.

Have you hugged a telecommuter today? If not, here are 28 reasons why you should. Play hooky and pass gas yourself.

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Bookmark Undress4Success.com for ongoing research about work-from-home jobs and home based business opportunities. The whole story will be available later this year in our new book Undress4Success: The Naked Truth About Working From Home (March 2009, John Wiley & Sons).

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19 Responses to Work From Home & Pass Gas

  1. Gordon Bell says:

    I really appreciate the informative statistics you have continued to post. I am convinced that telecommuting can solve many of our environmental/energy issues. I just don’t understand why the current presidential candidates don’t grasp this concept and make it part of their energy/environment platform. I have tried to elevate this issue to local and regional politicians here in California, as well as to local television stations, but still nobody is taking hold of this simple solution to our energy crisis. Telecommuting is based upon the simple foundation of taking cars off the road; and it is a technology that is available now. It doesn’t require any new inventions or new technology, it is not a dream for the future, but a solution for the problems at hand. Please continue posting your conclusions for all to see, and let us all know what we can do to push this agenda.

    Gordon Bell
    Pollock Pines, CA

  2. [...] the environment some, increased telecommuting could help even more. Consider these stats from one recent study: if the 40 percent of U.S. workers who could work from home did, the nation could cut oil [...]

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  4. There are so many opportunities to work at home. If we all took advantage of the opportunities, many trees would be saved.

  5. Tom Harnish says:

    Tons of Money…: you drive one of those wood-fired, steam-powered cars?

  6. Casey says:

    There are other ways of saving gas at the same time not giving up your likes and driving options. Installing a hydrogen on demand system which allows you to drive a V8 with 50% better MPG and More Horsepower as well as longer engine life. See hydrogen on Demand systems. http://www.passonfuel.com

  7. There are many opportunities out there on the internet to work at home. Finding the right one is key.

  8. [...] Undress4Success – Work From Home » Blog Archive » • Work From New study show that if the people who could work from home actually did, we could tell the Middle East to pound sand and take a big bite out of global warming. [...]

  9. [...] Undress4Success – Work From Home » Blog Archive » • Work From New study show that if the people who could work from home actually did, we could tell the Middle East to pound sand and take a big bite out of global warming. [...]

  10. Nevil says:

    I agree…more company should allow their employee to work from home.

  11. Online work at home jobs says:

    Really some good survey and I do agree with yours.And can be done too if someone make up their minds to do so..Good article

  12. Global Domains International says:

    Nice angle, working from home because its good for the earth and economy! I'm buying that and I'm going to have to share this with others. Very fresh!

  13. articlescreen says:

    Would love to say without any hesitation, a nice and informative post to help those who wants to work staying at home.

  14. ebusinessmom says:

    you have tons of information that is really useful to those who wants to work from home

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  16. [...] complete sense. According to a couple of interdependent researchers, Kate Lister and Tom Harnish, 33 million people in the U.S. could potentially do their jobs at home. Doing so would save them a combined $25 billion in gas purchases, not to mention all that [...]

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  18. Amy DeStefanis says:

    See the points to make to your boss… it’s true – I am more productive at home because I keep track of what I do “for work”, and what is not work related. When I went into the office, the clock started when I got there, and stopped when I left for the day or went to lunch. At home, I am prepared for early morning meetings, and not frazzled by frustrating traffic, and I get soooo much more done!

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