In previous articles, we have already mentioned the dangers of a growing digital carbon footprint, for which data centers are largely responsible, emitting huge amounts of thermal energy.
To fully address the problem of digital carbon footprint, innovative solutions and greater awareness are necessary among executives of large companies and manufacturers, who need to change their operating style to a greener one as a priority.
However, in today’s article, we will suggest what YOU can change in your daily routine to reduce your digital carbon footprint and become a conscious user of the web.
Pay attention to your power settings
When you take a break from your computer, set it to sleep or hibernate. Also remember to turn off your printer, scanner or monitor when you are not using them. This particular action will save energy and decrease your next electricity bill.
It’s also not a bad idea to turn down the brightness of your screen. Not only will you save the energy your monitor uses, but you’ll also allow your eyes to have some rest.
Don’t stream it. Download it.
Watching movies and listening to music online has become extremely popular. This is understandable because buying a subscription to a particular service is easy, gives access to a wide selection of songs/movies, and we don’t have to worry about legal and licensing issues.
Many similar services like Spotify or Netflix allow their subscribers to download so you can enjoy the goods offered offline. Choosing this option makes a definite difference in the level of energy consumed, as you’ll pull the data from the server only once. So if you want to repeatedly listen to your favorite symphony by Joseph Haydn, you better just download it!
Find a new hobby!
Unfortunately, the truth is that most of us surf the Internet out of boredom. Limit your online activity and try to dedicate one day a week to be totally offline. You’ll reduce your digital carbon footprint and improve your mood by learning to spend time in a whole new way.
You can also look for substitutes for particular activities that you used to do exclusively online, e.g. go shopping at the mall instead of browsing hundreds of clothing sites, don’t play a movie in the background if you don’t pay attention to anyway, replace a video conference with a phone call.
There are many possibilities, adjust them to your lifestyle!
If you think you can’t make real changes to combat carbon footprint, you’re mistaken. Small steps often lead to big changes in the future. Try putting our tips into practise, and if they seem easy to you, share them with others.
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