The True Cost of Commuting in Birmingham

Each year on Earth Day, April 22, the world celebrates the environmental movement for protecting the planet, taking action and raising awareness about the importance of sustainability.

Many people make eco-friendly choices in their homes by conserving water and recycling cans and bottles, but most don’t think about the ways their commute to and from work is affecting the environment — on a huge scale.

According to a study by the Telework Research Network, half of the U.S. workforce has a job that is telework-compatible at least part time, but only 2 percent of employees telecommute regularly.

The Telework Research Network Calculator shows that in Birmingham, average commuters are spending 43 minutes in their cars round trip to get to and from work each day. By telecommuting just a few days per week, commuters in our city could save anywhere from $2,300 to $7,400 annually in costs related to gasoline and vehicle maintenance.

Telecommuting could also have a dramatic impact on our city’s carbon footprint. If all Birmingham area workers with telework-compatible jobs would work from home, even part time, we could collectively:

  • Save enough workplace electricity to power 3,175 homes for a year
  • Reduce greenhouse gases by more than 122,000 tons, equivalent to taking more than 22,000 cars off the road for a year
  • Save more than 13 million gallons of gas and more than 660,000 barrels of oil
  • Avoid 203 traffic-related deaths and injuries each year

And that’s just here in Birmingham! Imagine what impact we could have if eligible employees across the country would work from home just once a week.

We have an amazing potential to reduce commuter consumption and pollution and preserve our planet by telecommuting. Reducing our environmental impact by making small changes can improve the sustainability of our city and make Birmingham a greener place to live and work.

Click here to make a pledge to work from home 1 day during Earth Week 2013. Momentum Telecom will make a $10 donation to Green America for every individual that signs up to participate in the Go Green 9 to 5 telecommute challenge.

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Need help getting your business on board with telecommuting? Download this sample remote work policy template and use it as a guide to get the conversation started.

Submitted by Guest Writer, Victoria Fields 

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