As a techie and earth-conscious person, it’s important to be weary of how you can reduce your footprint! Not only can this be beneficial to the planet, but you can also save money in many instances! Here are some simple and easy tips to go green- the tech way this Earth Day!
Turn off lights and use energy-efficient tech
Goes without saying, but remember to turn off the lights when you leave the room. That being said, if you forget, you can use tech to your advantage. First, Energy.gov recommends to switch to energy-efficient lights: go LED or fluorescent. See: Philips Energy Saver Fluorescent Light Bulb , Soft White, 4-Pack and AmazonBasics LED Light Bulb, 6-Pack
I personally use Phillips Huemote lights and light strips when I’m in the home, but the downside is that it cannot be managed when away from the home, unless with a third party or making settings to turn off when leaving the home. To compensate for that, many use Bluetooth or timer surge protectors. For more information on energy-efficient tech and gadgets, use the Energy Star label resource.
Try carpooling, walking and biking
The best way to reduce your carbon footprint is to drive less! Walking goes without saying but carpooling is so in right now! Even Uber and Lyft gives options to share your vehicle with others on the way to your destination! Additional carpooling apps are Chariot, Carma, and Scoop are all crowd-sourcing carpooling apps.
Additionally, biking can certainly save you money in the long run. In fact, if you did not want to buy your own bike, many bike share and electric scooter share programs are popping up and can not only save you buy gas, but maybe come at half the cost of many Lyft and Uber rides!
Recycle your old gadgets
Many communities offer recycling programs in your area, but additionally there are charities and manufacturers that accept both working and end-of-life gadgets. Apple will take back old products (and in some cases you can even get credit!) and companies like LG, Sony and Best Buy have drop-off sites.
Home Owners: Consider Home Energy Management Solutions
Smart thermostats like Nest and Honeywell have become extensively popular- being able to change the home temperature while away, but with the extensive use of home automation, energy monitoring can go beyond telling your family and housemates to shut off gadgets to reduce the electric bill. Gadgets like Elgato Eve, TED Pro Home, and Ecobee also help that.
Now that you’ve made your first steps towards being Earth friendly- get out there and help end pollution the best you can! After all, you have no excuses since Earth Day is April 22nd!