Thursday, May 03, 2007

Fuel savings

A bill is headed to the senate to demand a reduction in gasoline usage by 20% in 10 years.

Something that is not discussed is a reduction in miles traveled. I'm completely against mandating a maximum number of miles for people, but I'm very much for encouraging less traffic in general.

For example, all naturally generated energy removes vehicles from the road. A coal power plant needs coal shipped to it. A wind power plant only needs wind, which does not use vehicles to transport. The same with a solar plant.

At the same time, using more public transportation reduces cars on the road.

But most importantly, encouraging businesses to allow workers to work from home who can, is huge. There are a lot of jobs that could be done from home just as effectively as going to work. Not all jobs are that way, but encouraging businesses through tax breaks to allow employees to work from home could be a great way to reduce the amount of cars on the road, gas used, and pollution created. I drive 300 miles a week to and from work, and work with 30 people who all together probably average that same 300 miles a week. If we each could work from home that's saving 9,000 miles just from my small office. Most of my co-workers don't drive fuel efficient vehicles, so an average of 20 mpg may be high, but even with that, it's a savings of 450 gallons a week, and the company would still get the same amount of work done. Over the course of a year that's a savings of 23,400 gallons directly, and even more indirectly. By indirectly, I mean, that us not driving to work, will result in less tanker trucks having to make trips to the gas station to refill it, causing a reduction in gas used by them as well. That's just with 30 people and one company.