I was listening to the radio yesterday and a talk show host named Johnny Wendell shared another interesting idea related to our current energy woes. First he tossed out some figures, so let’s go over those and assume that they’re correct (’cause I’m not gonna take the time now).
He says that one-in-six Americans work in some way for the Government, either Federal, State, County, City, etc. When we do the math, that’s roughly 22 million Americans. Wendell’s idea is for all Government personnel who work in an office-type setting (so, this rules out critical jobs like police, fire, etc.) to be required to work from home one day per week.
Using my own calculations at this point, that would be roughly 17% of our population using roughly 20% less gas immediately! By my math, that’s a reduction on average of 714,000 barrels of oil per day or about 3.4% (assuming 21 million barrels of oil per day consumed). With oil today trading at $126 per barrel, we could save almost $90 million per day, to say nothing of the environmental benefits.
So that’s another interesting idea. Again, it’s worth conversation. Let’s get talking!!