Every year on April 22, people around the world celebrate Earth Day and raise awareness of environmental issues and the effect our actions have on the planet.
Nearly everything we do contributes to greenhouse gas emissions, including our carbon footprints. These are some of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce your impact on the environment, especially when it comes to technology.
Switch to LED Light Bulbs
Switching your incandescent light bulbs to LEDs can reduce over a thousand pounds of carbon dioxide over the bulbs 10-year lifespan. This means less replacement and fewer bulbs in landfills.
Pro tip: try getting a dimmer switch which will allow you to control the brightness of each bulb.
Use a Laptop Instead of a Desktop
Did you know that a laptop is a low-energy electronic? Compared to a big, bulky desktop computer, laptops take up way less energy.
Laptops maximize battery power, and like many electronics, they work best when the user ultimately allows the battery to run out before charging it.
Unplug Your Electronic Devices
It’s a simple solution that might seem blasphemous, but turning off or powering down your electronics can help reduce energy and save your devices. Unplugging your gadgets has a small impact on your carbon footprint and saves you an average of $100 a year on your energy bill!
You can also switch to more energy efficient technology and products with the Energy Star qualification.
Switch to Paperless Billing
From your Internet provider to your bank, almost everyone offers paperless billing. Switching to paperless will not only reduce paper usage and transportation, but an endless pile of documents.
Save Your Cellphone
Our smartphones have become an essential part of our day-to-day lives. It’s common practice to buy a new smartphone every two years, but our buying habits are taking a toll on the planet and undermining our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The average mobile device creates 120 pounds of carbon emission. Using a smartphone is not carbon-intensive; instead, it’s the manufacturing process. All of us can help reduce the impact our cellphones have on the planet by simply using them longer.
Our Impact on the Environment
Worldline is committed to changing attitudes and behaviours surrounding technology and its impact on the environment. There are many actionable steps we can take to combat climate change, and reducing our carbon footprint is a great way to help celebrate Earth Day.