Solutions for the Energy Crises in this Union
Part 1: Alternate Energy and Conservation
Mike Angelo -- 3 February 2006 (C) -- Page 2
End Traffic Jams -- Build Roads
The so-called morning and evening rush-hour traffic jams and bottlenecks result in tremendous amounts of fuel waste and pollution. One solution to that is to build more roads and increase the number of lanes of existing roadways. It's not very high-tech, but it is very effective.
Road construction and traffic engineering technology are here now. Road building should start right now. Especially since it usually takes at least five to ten years from the time a road-building project is conceived until it is completed
End Traffic Jams -- Flextime
Adding more lanes to our roadways and improved traffic flow certainly will help to reduce fuel wasted in traffic jams. On the other hand, getting people off the road will help to relieve traffic jam and bottleneck problems too.
Part of the energy solution is to spread the times that people use the roadways. Flextime is one way to do that. The more people that go to work and leave work at random or varied times as opposed to everyone working the typical 9 to 5 shift helps to spread the road-use demand (traffic).
Spreading scheduled work hours over time does the same thing too. Where possible, businesses, industries, organizations, institutions and government offices too should vary scheduled starting times from 7 AM to 11 AM and quitting times from 3 PM to 7 PM or whatever might be appropriate.
In many instances, there simply is no reason that everyone at the same workplace has to start at 8 AM, for example, and leave at 5 PM. Some, for example, could start work at 7 AM and then leave at 3PM. Others could start at 11 AM and leave at 7 PM. And others could start and stop work in between those times.
These solutions are available right now. Businesses, industries, organizations, institutions, and government offices can and should start implementing flextime and work-schedule spreads now. Many already are implementing flextime and work-schedule spread programs now -- but many more need to do that.
End Traffic Jams -- Telecommute
Finally, we list a high-tech solution to the energy crises facing Americans. Many of the people caught in those daily traffic jams could just as easily do their work from home or remote offices as they can from the downtown offices in the hubs of our nation's traffic jams.
There are several ways one can go about what amounts to working at home -- one such way is telecommuting, the ritzy label for doing your work on your home computer. If one's work is done on a computer, that person is a perfect candidate for working from home -- telecommuting.
The technology for telecommuting is here now. And it is getting better all the time. Businesses, industries, organizations, institutions, and government offices can and should start implementing telecommuting programs now. Many already are implementing telecommuting programs now. But there is much room to expand telecommuting programs.
In Part 2 of this Solutions for the Energy Crises in this Union -- Computer and Internet Technology article, we will take a closer look at telecommuting and some of the computer and Internet tools that help people to telecommute. Stay tuned.
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