Working from Home: Not That Green?

I generally assume that telecommuting has its share of green benefits: no commute, no additional office space, maybe even use less paper. For those aiming to reduce their carbon footprint, it turns out you might be better off heading into the office. According to a report from the Institution of Engineering and Technology on the 'rebound effects' of activities that are commonly thought to be green, working from home can "increase energy use at home by 30 percent, and can lead to people moving further from the workplace, stretching urban sprawl and increasing pollution."

The report also goes on to say that that buying goods online could actually provide a carbon savings but only if online shopping replaces 3.5 trips to the store or if 25 orders are delivered at the same time.

So do you buy it? Do you think the environment is better off if you head into the office instead of working from home?

ScienceDaily via Inhabitat.

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