Working from home: how Yahoo, Best Buy and HP are making moves

Working from home: how Yahoo, Best Buy and HP are making moves

If you are one of the roughly six million telecommuters in the US, take comfort in the knowledge that by rolling out of bed and shuffling to your desk to start your workday, you are contributing to a wealth of environmental savings.

On a nationwide scale, increasing the number of telecommuters could save nearly 289m barrels of oil and 52.8m metric tons of greenhouse gases annually. That, according to a study from the Telework Research Network in 2010, is the equivalent of $23.1bn in oil savings and the equivalent of taking 10m cars off the road. When Sun Microsystems took a look at its telecommuting program, the company found that it avoided $64m per year in real estate costs, $2.5m on the electricity bill and employees saved an average of $2,335 per year in telecommuting costs.

  • Megan Lavey-Heaton
  • theguardian.com,

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