Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Shedworking is a greener way of working - official

Ann Bednarz at Network World reports on a study by Sun which posed the question does teleworking really save energy? And the answer is a resounding 'Yes'. Here's what she says:
"By comparing home and work energy use, the company found that office equipment in a Sun office consumed energy at a rate twice that of home office equipment. Study participants averaged approximately 64 watts per hour at home compared with 130 watts per hour at a Sun office.

Employees who eliminated the commute to a Sun office also slashed their carbon footprints. Sun found that commuting accounted for more than 98% of each employee's work-related carbon footprint, while powering office equipment made up less than 1.7% of a person's total work-related carbon emissions.By eliminating commuting 2.5 days per week, an employee reduces the energy used for work by the equivalent of 5,400 kilowatt hours each year. "
Well worth a browse as there's lots more detail, and look out for the many links to other stories of shedworking/homeworking interest.

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