Why Working From Home Is Good For The Environment

Why Working From Home Is Good For The Environment

The following contribution is from another author.

As time moves on and the world changes around us, more and more individuals and company owners are able to work from home. There are a variety of fantastic advantages to doing this, including cost savings, employee satisfaction and productivity, and even health gains. However, something that can often be ignored but that is just as essential and surely comes as a benefit of working remotely is saving the environment. Here are several reasons why working remotely is helpful for the world.

 No Commute

The fact that there is no commuting is perhaps the most evident reason why remote working has a good influence on the environment. This drastically minimizes the worker’s carbon footprint since they are not using any gas – either in their own vehicle or on public transportation – to go to work. Because they work from home, all they have to do is go to the room they use as an office. In certain situations, they will be required to attend a meeting, for example, but this will not occur on a daily basis, so even when it occurs, it will have a minor effect. 

Of course, some organizations need staff to go to meetings, but in many situations, this can be done from home using Skype or other video chatting apps. If a face-to-face meeting is still required, this one-time trip can be countered by the fact that there is no general commuting to be done.

Less Waste

Running a company has a wide range of expenses that can quickly add up. The quantity of waste generated and hauled to the dump in an office with several workers is considerable. In addition to the quantity of waste, businesses typically hire companies to come in and collect it, which may have a negative influence on the environment by making additional trips in huge trucks.

Because there is just one person working from home, there will be less waste to begin with, and that waste will be collected in the regular manner, requiring no extra trips. A no paper policy can be instituted to guarantee that nothing is printed needlessly; the correct software or cloud-based application will assist in this since everything is done online.

Energy Costs 

When you work in or operate an office, your energy expenditures will be considerable. It must be appropriately heated or cooled to ensure that everyone is comfortable and that all of your health and safety duties are met. This may be costly.  

Employees who work from home have greater control over their own energy bills since they can shop around for lower prices or pick how hot or cold they want their house to be while they are working. They might have energy-saving devices at home, such as impact windows or solar panels as well. They might even have overall smart home technology. This will save the firm money and potentially the employee money, but it will also have a bigger effect on the environment since energy consumption will be reduced.


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).


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