telecommuting1.gifTelecommuting. It’s a big buzzword these days but what does it actually mean? Well, in a nutshell, it means using the wonders of technology to work from home instead of getting in your car and driving to a workplace. It’s a bit of a departure from our usual fare but given the current job market, the cost of gas, and our love of all things eco-friendly we thought it would make for an interesting feature because telecommuting IS green.

Allow me to dazzle you with some factoids—according to the Consumer Electronics Association, a person telecommuting one day per week can reduce carbon emissions by 37-50 pounds per day. If that person telecommuted five days per week, the savings would be equivalent to the electricity consumed by an average household in 4 to 6 months. In addition to reducing carbon emissions, telecommuting can improve work/life balance, reduce stress (goodbye traffic!) and save you money on things like gas, wardrobe, dry cleaning, and buying lunch.

One excellent resource for finding telecommuting work is FlexJobs, an ethically-run service started by a green-centric mom who was frustrated with how difficult it was to locate real telecommuting opportunities among all the scams. FlexJobs finds and presents the best legitimate telecommuting opportunities (150-200 researched new job listings posted each week) in a well-designed, searchable web interface. Jobseekers pay a small monthly or yearly fee for access to the FlexJobs site but The Green Mom Review thinks telecommuting is so awesome that we’re giving way a one year subscription!

Find It Here: FlexJobs

Win It: We’re giving away a one year subscription to FlexJobs. Click here to fill out our simple entry form. Just enter FJ3 as the giveaway name and provide the answer to this question: What is FlexJobs’ mission? Enter by 3/23/09. $49.95 value. Contest closed. Congrats Kathy!