Telecommute to Work

Working from home has personal perks. Whenever you telecommute to your job, you save natural resources and money by purchasing fewer work clothes, eating at home and keeping your car in the driveway. Plus, you might even catch a few more zzz’s in the morning—which can make you more productive on the job (i.e. promotable). However, if you need to convince your boss that telecommuting keeps the environment healthy, solid statistics can come in handy.

Reasons to Telecommute

Here are average American, per-person gas/air-emission statistics that may help you build a case for eco-friendly telecommuting:

1 to 2 gallons—amount of gas used to travel to work each day

25.3 pounds—amount of toxic air emissions (carbon dioxide) released per gallon of gas

6,578 to 13,156 pounds— toxic air emissions avoided by telecommuting per year

*Numbers will vary depending on your vehicle’s gas mileage and length of commute.

Good Green Habit for Cars

  • Telecommute to work whenever possible. Even one day a week can save hundreds of gallons of gas and other natural resources each year. 

Eco Idea: Tell office big wigs that telecommuting is a green habit that will make their organization shine in the public’s eyes. Most consumers LOVE and/or respect green companies.

A New Day for Old Motor Oil

You can help protect the Earth for future generations by remembering to recycle used motor oil from your car, truck, motorcycle, boat, RV or lawnmower. Recycling used motor oil keeps it out of rivers, streams, lakes and landfills―and from ending up in ground water supplies and your drinking water.

Reasons to Recycle

Here are several smooth reasons to recycle your unwanted motor oil:

  • Motor oil contains toxic substances such as benzene, lead, zinc and cadmium that can harm people, animals and the planet.
  • One pint of oil can produce a one-acre oil slick.
  • One gallon of oil can ruin the taste of one million gallons of drinking water.

Fortunately, used motor oil can be reprocessed into fuel that can be used in furnaces for heat and in power plants to generate electricity for homes, schools and businesses. It can also be used in industrial and utility boilers, blended for marine fuels, and other uses. And, it can be re-refined into lubricating oils that meet the same API specifications as virgin motor oil.

Good Green Habits for Used Motor Oil

Here’s what to do with used motor oil to ensure oil is it is legally and safely recycled or discarded in your area:

  • Contact your garbage company. Many haulers now pro­vide oil jugs and collect used motor oil for their curbside customers. To get started, call your local garbage ser­vice and ask if used oil is picked up on service day. Some haulers will provide jugs for just this purpose.
  • Ask service stations and repair shops. Many types of automotive business will accept used motor oil and used oil filters.
  • Check with county or state government offices. They can provide locations for recycling centers in your area.
  • Visit earth911. Visit earth911.com to find oil collection centers by zip code.

ECO FACT Recycling two gallons of used motor oil can generate enough energy to run an average household for 24 hours. For more information, visit recycleoil.org.

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