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How Working from Home Works For Clean Air

Loads of us are telecommuting right now – working from home, and communicating with work through phone calls, e-mails, and video conferences. This has achieved two wonderful things: it has raised the happiness levels of pets and lowered air pollution levels all over the world.
Everything is connected. Our daily routines – including transport and business activities – are linked to broader issues that have significant impact on the environment. But a new realisation is starting to dawn: working from home is both easy and efficient.
But how exactly does it help lower air pollution?

  1. Less gasoline is being used
    Gasoline gives off vapours when it evaporates, and when it is burned, it produces carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide (a greenhouse gas), nitrogen oxides, and more. Americans use nearly 392 million gallons of gas every day on average. Which means each American uses 1.2 gallons of gas each day. Let’s assume that 24.7 million employees end up working from home on a day-to-day basis. Those employees will be saving the country nearly 30million gallons of gas every work day. Now apply these figures to countries in Europe, as well as Asia. The impact will truly be staggering.
  2. Lower carbon emissions
    The average car emits about 4.7 metric tons of carbon dioxide each year. Working from home, reduces carbon emissions caused by driving by about 69% or 3.2 metric tons of carbon dioxide each year. This is the equivalent of providing energy to 8.5 million homes each year, electricity to 11.8 million homes, powering over 20,000 wind turbines annually, and planting over two billion trees a year. All this, from not driving to and from work each day.
  3. Fewer fossil fuels
    The primary source of greenhouse gas emissions in most developed countries is fossil fuel combustion. Fossil fuels are mostly burned for electricity, heat and transport. (63% of the electricity generated in the United States alone comes from fossil fuels.) Because telecommuting decreases overall energy consumption, it subsequently decreases fossil fuel demand.
  4. Less use of paper and plastic
    Both the manufacture and the burning of paper and plastic contributes to huge amounts of air pollution. Working from home requires using email, software and apps more – and paper less. The same goes for plastic – when people work from home, they buy less coffee, breakfasts and lunches from fast-food joints and restaurants. That cuts the use of plastic by a huge amount.

Earlier, I’d mentioned how more and more people are realising that working from home is both easy and efficient. Making a sustained effort to keep this model going, is one of the simplest ways to embrace sustainable living.

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