Snow and power use

With all the heavy snow going on right now and over the past week or so, it makes you wonder what the effect is on energy use patterns.

If you work from home, for instance, is it easier on the environment than if you go into an office? Because if you do work from home the office will still be heated to the same level, so no savings there. There would of course be savings on travel fuel, but again, if you stay home they still run the train using the same amount of electricity (or diesel).

A bit of telecommuting is probably a good idea now and then, a chance to get your work done without the stress of the rush hour and all that. But having the majority of workers going to the office every day might actually be the more greenomical option.

But if this snow doesn’t stop, it could make telecommuters of us all.

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