Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Utah Goes to 4-Day Work Week to Save Energy

I'm going to have to start lobbying my employer to do this: To save on energy costs, Utah Governor Jon Huntsman has ordered most of the state's employees to work four 10-hour days (state police officers, prison guards, and public universities will have to still be open Fridays. And the liquor stores).

This change is expected to save the state about $3 million a year in lighting, heating and air conditioning costs. Carbon dioxide (CO2) pollution from state vehicles may be cut by about 3,000 metric tons.

via The L.A. Times

2 comments:

Dan_DHRT said...

What about more telecommuting to reduce consumption of non-renewable resources?

My employer has allowed me to telecommute for years. And, now, my employer has embraced this to such an extent that they have a new formal telecommuter program to encourage more employees to work from home, including a $500 home ofice setup funding and a monthy fee phone line and ISP connection reimbursement.

Not everyone can work longer hours per day (day care hours, etc.). But, I would be willing to bet that more might be able to work from home.

Dan

Maria Surma Manka said...

Great point Dan - we more and more offices are wired up with more robust remote computer systems (access to shared drives, etc) my guess is that telecommuting is just going to get more popular.