Listen, we totally understand why you want to work from home.
Yoga pants, easy access to snacks you actually want and a cat stationed firmly on your lap while you type all make the work day so much more survivable.
It’s an even better deal for moms, who can use work-at-home flexibility to be more available for all their kids’ needs — and antics.
But in celebration of Earth Day, we want to highlight one more reason working from home is awesome: It’s way, way better for our planet.
Go Green: Work From Home
Although it seems obvious, we don’t often consider how much greener the workday is without a commute.
After all, we each spend nine days a year on average battling the 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. rush — which makes for a lot of emissions.
In fact, if U.S. workers who both hold telework-compatible jobs and want to work from home did so just two days a week, we’d save nearly 52 million gallons of gas and 2.6 million barrels of oil annually, according to Global Workplace Analytics via FlexJobs.
Functionally, it’s equivalent to both taking 88,000 vehicles off the road and reducing highway wear and tear by 1 billion miles per year.
These numbers probably aren’t exact — it’s hard to draw rigorous, scientific conclusions from something based on estimates and ever-changing human behavior!
But it’s certainly eye-opening to see how quickly the fossil fuel savings would add up… even if we worked from home for less than half the workweek.
Plus, think of what you could do with all the money you’d save on gas.
So maybe walk into your boss’s office this Earth Day and see if you can convince them to let you work from home. If going green isn’t enough motivation, you might talk about how much more productive you’d be from the couch. It’s science!
Psst — part of the reason we understand why working from home is so great is because we get to do it here at TPH… and we’re hiring!
So if you’re looking for a remote-friendly job, check out our careers page. You might just find a perfect fit.
Your Turn: Why do YOU want to work from home?
Jamie Cattanach (@jamiecattanach) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. Her creative writing has been featured in DMQ Review, Sweet: A Literary Confection and elsewhere.