5 Alternative Commutes that Save Green

5 Alternative Commutes that Save Green

Everyone is looking to save green! (Money, that is.)

However many people are starting to look for options in their daily lives that can help to save a different kind of green - the environment.

If you’re looking to save both kinds of green, daily commutes are a great place to start! Many of us drive alone to work each day, not only paying a considerable amount for gas, but also releasing carbon dioxide into the air. Transportation is a leading contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in our nation, which means changing our commute habits can have a serious impact.

Alternative commutes are a great way to save money and reduce harmful emissions, and Nashville Connector is challenging people to give them a try.

This week is the “Commuter Challenge,” a call for Nashvillians to try one different commute option for one day. Here are some alternative commutes you can try this week that will help save both kinds of green:

1. Biking

Riding a bike not only reduces emissions and saves money on fuel, but it also is a great way to stay active! Not ready to commit to buying a bike? There are many Nashville shops and services where you can rent a bike for low cost or invest in a membership that grants you year-round access to a bike fleet.

Check out Walk Bike Nashville’s map of bikeways and greenways and plan out a route to that will help you pedal your way to work.

2. Public Transit

Taking the bus or riding the train to work is a low-cost way to commute. Invest in a regular pass and it becomes even more cost effective. Public transit saves emissions by taking several single passenger vehicles off the road, and it also allows passengers the free time to focus on other activities, such as working or reading, instead of driving and dealing with the stress of traffic.

Check out Nashville’s bus maps and schedules and the schedule for the Music City Star to see if one of these options will work for you.

3. Walking

If you live close to your place of employment, consider walking to work. Walking helps people connect with nature and stay healthy, not to mention it’s completely free! Zero harmful emissions and zero dollars spent means you can feel good about your daily commute choice.

4. Carpooling

Carpooling with a coworker is a great way to reduce emissions on your way to work. More people in the car means less cars on the road in total and more emissions saved. Not only can you save money on gas by driving together, but with carpooling apps like Hytch, you and your carpooling partners can even make money during your daily commute!

Driving alone can also be a boring and lonely task. Carpooling gives people the opportunity to socialize and connect with each other.

Reach out to a coworker or find a carpooling buddy online to start making your commute more fun, cost effective, and environmentally friendly.

5. Working from Home

Many employers are trying alternative workplace solutions like allowing employees to work from home. Less cars commuting to work equals fewer harmful emissions (not to mention less emotional stress from dealing with traffic.)

Check with your employer to see if working from home is a viable option for you!

Want to learn more about these commute options and the Commuter Challenge? Visit https://nashconnector.org/ to sign up for the challenge and find the green-saving commute option that will work best for you.