With gas prices at record highs (and no end in sight), there is quite a lot to be said for being a remote employee working out of a home office. At my previous job, I commuted back and forth about 27 miles each way daily — very short for a Washington, DC area commute. that’s roughly two gallons of gas a day, or ten a week, which currently would easily top $150 a month.
It’s hard to enjoy the savings though, because currently my wife and I are being ultra-careful about expenditures as we prepare for the things we haven’t prepared for, as it were, with moving (eventually) to New England. Speaking of which, big thanks are due to my management at Red Hat, and John Poelstra, for helping me make the most of my remote status in the meantime. This job has made me — a non-sysadmin guy, so unfamiliar with that particular landscape — a big believer in telecommuting.