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Why Telecommuting is a Green Way to Work

Among the many, many benefits of working at home, helping the environment is at the top of the list. Here are some of the ways in which telecommuting is eco-friendly.

It reduces carbon emissions. Whether it’s by planes, trains or automobiles, traveling in to work has a negative impact on the environment. By cutting the commute, you’ll prevent an excessive amount of carbon emissions to go into the air. To see how much telecommuting helps the environment, you can use this calculator.

It reduces electricity. When you work in an office, almost everything is powered by electricity. From lights to computers and printers—even the coffee machine—everything consumes large quantities of electricity. Working at home allows you reduce your electricity consumption to what it really takes to make your home office run.

It reduces paper printing. At the office, you wouldn’t think twice about printing that 60-page report—single-sided, too. At home, you know better. When you work at home, you only print what you truly need, saving trees—and unnecessary waste—in the process.

It makes you take better care of your equipment. Think about how often you actually shut down your computer at work. When you work at home, you shut it down after the end of each work day. Not only does this save energy, but it also increases its lifespan. Taking better care of your computer and other office items allows them to last longer—and prevents them from potentially ending up in a landfill.

In addition to letting you enjoy a flexible schedule and saving time and money, telecommuting also greatly helps the environment. Working at home and having an eco-friendly home office makes every day an Earth Day celebration.

Learn more about telecommuting how much you can save the planet – and your wallet – by downloading PGi’s free eBook: The Yin + Yang of Telecommuting today!


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