There’s no doubt that the internet will always play a big role in our daily lives, making us more connected and productive – not to mention keeping us entertained 24 hours a day. But at the same time, every online action or new device requires a significant amount of electricity.
Whether it’s the way you browse the internet, the setup of your equipment, or the choices you make when purchasing new items – you have the power to make a big difference. Here are some simple and effective changes you can make to reduce your digital carbon footprint while you’re surfing the web.
Use the internet in moderation
This one is not just for the environment, it’s also beneficial for your mental health. Forget about looking at your social media every couple of minutes and set a fixed amount of time for daily use. In today’s world, we could all use a minute of offline and unplugged.
Don’t buy the latest model
Do you really need the best smartphone on the market? One of the keys to reducing your carbon footprint is buying less powerful devices, as this will reduce energy consumption.
Charge your devices less often
Charging your devices less frequently is recommended. You do not have to charge every night. You can leave your charger at home too, to save energy!
Stay away from streaming
Streaming is the biggest enemy of your environmental conscience and is responsible for 300 million tonnes of CO2 emissions annually, a figure that continues to rise. To avoid it, reduce your daily watching time. Content creators can also reduce the size of the videos, as this will decrease the amount of energy required to share them.
Eliminate superfluous use of technology
The key to digital sobriety is reflection. The big question is “Am I watching this video because I want to or because the platform wants me to?”. Up to eighty percent of the videos we watch on the internet are for fun or because they are advertising material. Think carefully before watching.
We can help the environment with the choices we make every day – without sacrificing the productivity, enjoyment, or convenience of our digital lifestyles.