The folks in Utah have decided to close 1,000 of 3,000 state buildings every Friday in order to cut energy costs. The state will extend its Monday through Thursday hours from 7am to 6pm. The action is expected to cut energy costs by 20 percent.

Susan Seitel, president of the Minnesota-based consulting firm WFC Resources, says that this initiative solves many problems: “It reduces the carbon footprint, saves on commuting costs, makes companies look more responsible and gives people more flexibility.”

So what do you think? Do you think big-scale changes like this and the renewed interest in telecommuting will stick?