There’s so much more to being eco-friendly than using computers and Cloud computing instead of printing things. How you use your technology can also make an impact. Here are some suggestions on how to be eco-friendly with your tech use.
Be Conscious of Your Carbon Footprint
According to a study from MIT, for those of you who don’t know, your carbon footprint is the amount of greenhouse gasses you produce. You can use the carbon footprint calculator to track your usage and compare it with others in your country and state/province. For those of you looking for an app, Oroeco is available for iOS and Android and allows you to get advice on what you can do to reduce your carbon footprint based on previous actions you took.
Run on Battery Whenever Possible
Since charging your device will consume energy, try running all of your devices until they run out of battery power. The amount of megatons produced by charging your phone is expected to double between 2014 and 2019, according to a CNET article. If you’re on the road, consider bringing a mobile charger to help reduce your carbon footprint.
Consider Investing in Smart Power Strips
Not all power strips are made the same. While they may look exactly like a traditional power strip, smart ones made from polycarbonate, usually have better hardiness, and also offer safety shutters to avoid electrocution. Smart power strips can also protect devices against overvoltage, overheating, and short-circuits.
Use Bamboo Accessories
In addition to your actual device usage, take a look at how you could be more eco-friendly with the accessories you use. Bamboo is safer for the environment than plastics and can grow five times faster than other woods. If people were to switch away from harmful plastics, it could cut the amount of manufacturing needed for accessories.