Normally, when we talk about the benefits of remote work on this blog, we talk about the benefits for people: for remote workers benefiting from flexibility, and for employers benefiting from retaining top talent by offering flexibility.
But in honor of the holiday today, we're going to share a few ways working from home helps the environment, too. Keep reading if you're looking for more reasons to work from home on a regular basis to benefit the environment, in addition to your own schedule.
When you work from home, you're only steps away from a full kitchen, where you can brew coffee and tea, cook breakfast and lunch, and forgo the use of single-use plastic food containers, bags, or cutlery. By working from home, you can help eliminate food and plastic waste by using your own cups, cutlery, and plates for eating and drinking throughout the day.
Office temperatures need to be regulated to account for keeping multiple people warm or cool during the day, but with just you (and maybe a pet) working from home, you can regulate your home's temperature to your exact preference by setting it in the morning and not changing it all day. This requires less energy expenditure than it would to change the AC or heat settings all day long in the office.
Along the same vein, it's easier to manage electrical output when you're working from home, too. Whereas offices have automatic light switches and multiple rooms being lit at one time, you can restrict the use of power in your home by working in one room or area throughout the day when you work from home.
The most impactful part of working from home is the simple fact that you don't need to commute to do so. By skipping out on your commute, whether you get to work by driving, taking the bus, or calling a rideshare, you'll forgo carbon dioxide being emitted into the atmosphere.
This Earth Day, we want to help you figure out other ways you can offset your own emissions to reduce your carbon footprint. Try our meeting emissions calculator now to learn the average carbon dioxide emissions of your business travel.