Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

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.

Earth Day Impact

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.

What is a Powerline Adapter?

Last week, we looked at mesh systems and the difference between traditional Wi-Fi and mesh networks.

Similar to mesh systems, powerline adapters are designed to spread reliable connections to remote parts of your home. While mesh networks deliver wireless connections through a network of nodes, powerline adapters provide a connection using the electrical wiring.

Powerline adapters cannot replace your Wi-Fi network, but it can complement it.

What is a Powerline Adapter?

Wi-Fi is extremely convenient, but it certainly has its shortcomings. Even though powerline networks are slightly more inconvenient, they offer simplicity and reliability that wireless technology still can’t match.

The electrical wiring in your home can do more than keep the lights on. Powerline adapters take advantage of the existing electrical wiring in your house. A powerline adapter can send data over your household’s existing electrical wiring just like it would over Ethernet cables – all you need is a power outlet.

Setting up a powerline connection is easy. All you’ll need is a router, Ethernet cables, and at least two powerline adapters. One of the adapters should be plugged into the power outlet nearest to your router and connect to it using an Ethernet cable. Use the other adapters for each device you want to connect.

Benefits

Powerline adapters use the electrical wiring running between the rooms in your home to send each other network signals, creating an Internet connection where the router otherwise wouldn’t be able to reach. Here are three benefits of using powerline adapters.

Speed

The first feature that you should consider when purchasing a powerline adapter is its speeds. Powerline connections have less data loss and better speeds than regular Wi-Fi, regardless of how far away your computer is from the router or how many obstructions there are between the two.

Security

Powerline adapters utilize your home’s electrical wiring to transfer data. Some people are uncomfortable with the concept of wireless network security and may prefer to keep their data protected inside powerline cables. Powerline kits can be password protected, adding an extra layer of protection.

Convenience

Setting up a powerline system can be done quickly from anywhere in the home. Although whole-house wiring is an option for some, the additional cost and effort can be high. Powerline connections are user-friendly and can reach areas where wireless signals cannot.

Choosing a Powerline Adapter

Powerline AdapterThe best powerline adapters are incredibly easy to install and useful tools for connecting every device in your home. Powerline adapters are less visible – rather than trailing Ethernet cables throughout your home, you can use powerline adapters to spread the network throughout.

There is a wide range of powerline adapters available to buy. We suggest checking out this article for more information on pricing, ratings and more.

Whether you are looking for a way to optimize your speeds or looking to update your connection, Worldline has the services you need to stay connected! For more information, visit our website or call 1-855-299-0025.