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Charlotte workers save thousands of dollars with flexible work schedules, survey reports

People working remotely in 2021 helped reduce the cost of driving and save money, according to the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Since the pandemic, Charlotte-area companies offered more options to work from home, according to a new survey from the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance. The Return To Office survey said staff retention, safety, and attracting new talent are some of the reasons to offer the options.

The result of hybrid work schedules is also bringing an apparent economic impact with it; according to Today Testing, people working remotely in 2021 saved about $3,000 on expenses.

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The website looked at Census data, dates, average commute distances, and AAA data showing the per-mile cost of owning a car. The cost summary included things like gas prices and maintenance expenses.

In the Queen City, the study found someone who worked full-time from home in 2021 would have saved $3,021. That's above the national average of estimated savings of $2,398.

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An added bonus of so many people working from home has been helping the environment; the Today Testing report also estimated that Americans' working from home last year avoided putting out more than 3,400 pounds of carbon dioxide from tailpipe emissions, helping cut down on air pollution.

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