Written by Dana Jaffe on April 17, 2013
Categories: Blog Posts

Sitting in rush-hour traffic is part of my daily morning and afternoon routine. The typical commute from my home in downtown Birmingham over the mountain to my workplace clocks in at close to the national average of 25 minutes one way.

But I certainly don’t have it as bad as some. According to the latest U.S. Census data on commuting, more than half a million full-time workers endure “megacommutes” of at least an hour-and-a-half and 50 miles.

My trip to and from work actually is opposite of the majority of commuters, if traffic gets backed up it is not uncommon for me to be stuck in bumper-to-bumper and stop-and-go traffic, sometimes for 30-45 minutes, nearly double to average commute time.

The time I spend in my car getting to work is frustrating enough, but it’s even worse to know that I’m negatively impacting the environment and spending unnecessary money in the process.

I recently came across a few commuting calculators that let you measure the impact telecommuting could have on the planet and your wallet.

Here’s what I found out:

  • I live just 10 miles from work, which is closer than most. Commuting to and from every day costs me $234.00 each month. That’s a yearly cost of commuting of $2,808.00!
  • If I were to telecommute just one day per week, my monthly commuting cost would drop to $175.50, and I would save $702.00 each year.
  • If all Birmingham area workers with telework-compatible jobs could work from home even part time, we would:
      • Avoid 203 traffic-related deaths and injuries each year
      • Reduce greenhouse gases by 122,566 tons
      • Save more than 13 million gallons of gas

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

What’s your cost of commuting? Caluclate it with the Telework Research Network and Commuter Connections Calculators.

Long commutes don’t have to be a staple of the American work life. Pledge to work from home 1 day during Earth Week to impact our planet.

Need help getting started? Download our remote work policy template and get your business on board with telecommuting. 

By: Dana Jaffe
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