How to Remain Eco-Friendly with Technology?

Technologies are amazing and revolutionary. They have changed the ways we do things and lead our lives. 

We use computers to get our work done, do our chores at home/office using devices and appliances, and entertain ourselves watching live streaming of TV shows, music, and sports. It is a digital age where a life without technology is unimaginable. 

Despite all these new and innovative technologies transforming our lives for the better, there is a flip side too. They are causing problem from an environmental perspective.

Most technologies consume massive amounts of energy and leave trails of carbon footprints. Our planet is already struggling to keep up with the crazy energy demands, and reckless use of technologies will eventually push the limits to a point of no return. 

So, what solution do we have? Technologies are not going anywhere. Also, we cannot simply throw away our energy-sucking gadgets. However, we can focus on inventing and using eco-friendly technologies and integrate them into our lifestyles.

In this post, we have listed various gadgets and ways to cut down on energy consumption and remain eco-friendly.

1. Google Nest Learning Thermostat to Regulate Temperature 

Now, no energy will get wasted for heating up and cooling your home when you are not there. Google Nest Learning Thermostat can save energy with its temperature regulation feature.

This gadget does not need any manual programming since it comes with an auto-schedule and does the programming itself. The thermostat is even compatible with Alexa, and you can add voice control.

Nest will know when you are home and when you are away with its Home/Away assists. The device learns your habits, figures out the weather, and will maintain a schedule to keep you comfortable. 

You can even check your energy consumption history to find out how much energy you used and why. So, by using this device, you can save on energy bills and lower carbon footprints.

2. Smart Power Strip

If you have already heard the term “Phantom Electricity,” you may have an idea that it is about the unnecessary consumption of electricity without any active usage.

In simple words, this type of energy consumption happens from plugged devices, which are not in use. So, if your phone charger, laptop charger, mixer-grinder in the kitchen, or curling iron is plugged into the sockets, but you are not using them, it is still consuming electricity from the grid.

In the US alone, more than 100 billion kWh of electricity gets wasted due to phantom power consumption, costing $10 billion every year. 

If you have plugs that are hard-to-reach or just painful to plug and unplug, then using a smart power strip is a good idea.

A smart power strip has intelligent control that can control your phone and all household appliances from a distance and kill phantom electricity.

By using the device, you can check your total power use every day, month, and year to figure out which appliances are consuming the maximum phantom power, and turn them off or set a timer.

3. Portable Solar Panel

Opting for renewable energy like solar is a great way to reduce carbon emissions and shift towards clean energy consumption. You can use a portable solar panel to charge your phone and tablet even when on the move.

If you are an outgoing person, a portable solar panel will be useful when hiking, trekking, or during other outdoor adventures. 

Also, if your job requires extensive travelling, and you need to use your phone a lot, a portable solar panel will be a great alternative to traditional batteries. You only need to make sure that the solar panels are fully charged.

4. Use LED or Smart Bulbs

We already know that those regular light bulbs eat up a lot of energy. So, switching to LED light bulbs is a good idea. LED bulbs are more expensive than incandescent lights, and they last way longer and consumes much lesser energy.

According to the US Department of Energy, LED bulbs consume 75 percent less energy than conventional lights and are as much as 25 times more durable. So, these bulbs are ideal for the environment.

Overall, LED light bulbs are not only good for the environment due to their ability to save energy; they are also pocket-friendly.

The following energy chart from USA Today shows how energy LED bulbs can save for you.

If you use smart LED bulbs, you can control them with an app, set a timer, and even dim or brighten them whenever you want. 

These lights will be a good investment, and their energy efficiency will reflect in your electricity bills.

5. Energy Monitor

If you are looking to live an energy-efficient life, there is a technology to achieve that. It is called “Energy Monitor.” 

The main function of an energy monitor is analyzing and tracking the energy usage of devices and helping you figure out which gadgets or appliances are draining the maximum energy.

Sense monitors are generally a bit costly, and you need an electrician to install them. Once done, the device will help you monitor all energy consumption in real-time. Now, you do not have to worry about forgetting to turn it off by setting custom notifications for a device before leaving home.

6. Repair Devices or Buy Refurbished Ones

No electronic gadget lasts for a lifetime, and you need to repair or replace the old ones at some point. 

If you have adequate technical skills, you can repair some of the devices yourself or hire a technician to fix them to save cost and environment instead of buying a new one. 

These days, options for upgrading gadgets or devices are available. Also, you can even try buying refurbished products at a lesser price from authorised brand stores or through websites. 

You can find top brands, including Apple, Samsung, Lenovo, Dell, and others that sell refurbished products in good condition and are affordable. Also, online retail stores like RefurbIO sell refurbished products of leading brands. 

Closing Words

By using the gadgets/devices or ways, you can start to change your habits of using technologies that more eco-friendly. You may need to do some adjustments and make a few sacrifices here and there. But eventually, you will have a sustainable lifestyle where you will be able to enjoy using technologies for work, and entertainment, such as movies, music, playing video games, and other activities in a more energy-efficient way.