Fact: Gas prices continue to rise
Fact: Interstate traffic congestion outpaces new road construction
Fact: Utah air quality is among worst in the nation
As consumers complain about $3.30/gal for regular gasoline, some Utah companies are taking creative approaches to lower fuel bills and lower stress for commuting staff.
PilmerPR in Orem addresses the problem of rapidly rising commute costs by allowing staff members to telecommute from home. High speed Internet, online public relations research tools, and advanced collaboration software allows the company to save on office space, reduce the stress of commuting, run a virtually paperless business, and save more than 2,000 gallons of gasoline a year. Most client meetings are handled at the client’s office or by teleconference. Thus, proving one small business can make a difference, be earth friendly and socially responsible.
When AdvancedMD of Draper discovered they had half a dozen software developers commuting from Layton, they opened a small satellite office there. The yearly savings for this small group are substantial:
Reclaimed staff family time 350 hours
Reduced tire and road wear 120,000 miles
Savings in imported gas 6,000 gallons
Staff fuel savings $18,000
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