Earth Day: tech tips to contribute to the planet’s well-being

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One of the most complicated aspects of climate change is that it can feel like a huge, abstract problem. The science is sometimes complex, and it’s hard to fully understand massive, global problems – especially if we don’t see the direct effects in our life. While Earth Day is a worldwide event, the lifestyle improvements you can make begin right at home. Here are five tech solutions you can use with your cellphones, computers, accessories, and other devices to do your part and benefit the environment in the long term.

1. Look into the used market.

Consider the used phone market if acquiring a brand-new phone or laptop is not a priority above the actual benefits that the new gadget provides. You can often find amazing prices on everything from mobile phones, laptops, and desktop settings to accessories like keyboards, mice, and gamepads on portals like Quikr and OLX. Once you’ve figured out how to shop at secondhand markets, you’ll be able to find great bargains. Some things to keep in mind are to look for gadgets with little to no repair history and to bargain if a device has been used for too long. When you buy used, you get a new device, but the number of new devices unboxed stays the same, which is a terrific strategy to reduce e-waste over time.

2. Sustainability

Sustainability is the name of the game when it comes to technology. The more life you can squeeze out of a product, the more you delay your next purchase. This may seem trivial but it becomes a significant change on a larger scale, like the other we will talk about below. Being sustainable is not just about going through with your cracked screen for two more years. Repair what’s repairable instead of going for a new product; this may be a phone, a laptop, a refrigerator, or anything else. If you are someone who works remotely and isn’t on the move much, at least for work, consider getting a desktop instead of a laptop. If you are someone who loves tinkering with the software on phones, consider using a custom ROM to further extend the life of your smartphone. Remember, if you do need a new one, get one, but don’t upgrade if you don’t have to. Finally, sustaining devices for longer also saves you a lot of money.

3. Remove any unused data from the cloud

Cloud storage is seen as the way of the future because it eliminates the need for space on your hard drive or phone storage. As a result, it can’t impact the planet’s physical, material properties, right? Wrong. Cloud storage, contrary to popular assumption, does take up real space. Everything in the cloud, from your email inbox to terabytes of vacation images and movies, is kept someplace in a data centre. These data centres need a lot of power.

4. Check at the energy ratings on all of your appliances.

Are you in the market for a new television, refrigerator, or washing machine? Perhaps you’re seeking to purchase an air conditioner. You’ve examined all of the features, capacities, and even colour possibilities, but don’t overlook the BEE energy rating. The greater the star rating, the more energy efficient the product, with 5-star products being the most efficient. The math is simple: the better the stars, the less of an influence on the environment and the more money you save on your electricity bill.

5. Use digital alternatives as much as possible

You’ve probably heard this before but using digital alternatives to doing anything from showing your driver’s license to paying your electricity bill has a number of benefits that revolve around ease-of-use and convenience.

Every time you make an online transaction or refuse a bank receipt at an ATM machine in order to check your remaining funds via a smartphone application, you are also ultimately helping the environment. Today you can pay and receive money online, store important documents on your phone, and also get lots of work done from websites instead of physically traveling to various places. It also helps with your time and fuel costs.

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