This is what you save by teleworking, according to the OCU
The pandemic paralyzed the world in 2020 completely. Billions of people saw how overnight leaving home became a ban for the elderly. The workers essential, however, they enjoyed that feeling of semi-freedom even if it was only to go to their job.
Thus, practically in hours the world experienced an unprecedented situation to date. Because lives gave a unexpected turnaround everything seemed new, also the work. Since those months many aspects have changed and others had to be fit quickly so as not to lose distance with the competitors.
That being the case, from that moment the telecommuting. Without the possibility of going to the office or other places, the employees had to start working from home every day. Now, after more than two years of this new reality, rlittle by little recovering the previous tasks although working at home has been established.
Due to the different rises in energy prices, many have begun to consider saving in different fields. Teleworking, for example, generates doubts in homes, so the Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU) has analyzed how much is saved with this way of working.
Saving while we telework
The energy crisis seems to have no end in sight. Therefore, the OCU has calculated the costs of commuting to work compared to what it costs to light or air-condition a home while we carry out the work. Thus, they have been able to produce a report that highlights a saving of almost 70% for not going to work and doing it at home.
to obtain the data the OCU has compared what it would cost to go to work in a medium-sized car against the cost of 50 trips with public transport in the most expensive city (Madrid) and in the cheapest (Albacete). In addition, two comparators have been developed where it is calculated if the work is close (about 25 kilometers a day) or far (about 80).
After the analysis the OCU argues that: “with just two days of teleworking a week, you can spend 40% less”. In addition, the organization highlights that “fuel spending could return to pre-price levels.”
Despite saving on travel, the organization also details how much different items cost us. For example, the computer in an eight-hour day costs about 50 cents while air conditioning with current prices can be up to 2.5 euros per day.
However, according to the data provided by the OCU, it will be better to work at home. According to the organization: “At home you will spend at most 3 euros a day, and that in the worst case, during the summer with a heat wave or on a very cold day”. Even, during spring or autumn this could be reduced to one euro.
On the other hand, if we we displace By car, this is around five euros on average, although, according to the OCU, can be up to eight. Finally, the organization also highlights that the cost can increase if we eat or have breakfast at work because it is always cheaper at home.