Conserving Resources With The Power Of Technology
Many experts are warning that the planet may be close to its tipping point, resulting in sudden and economical changes that will be irreversible and are caused directly by human activity. More worryingly, 2018 saw a new record where the human population used a year’s worth of resources within 7 months, making anything used after that unsustainable. Technology can help to better manage resources and reduce the need for them in everyday life, so making some switches can reduce your impact on the planet.
Smart Thermostats And Climate Control
48% of energy used in the average home is for heating and cooling it. However, a significant amount of this energy is wasted, which also means money is wasted and a lot of unnecessary carbon emissions are produced. A smart thermostat lets you manage your home’s temperature from your smartphone or motion sensors can detect when someone is in the room or not, and adjust the temperature accordingly. Climate control means you have a thermostat in each room, so if you’re not using a room you can turn the heating or air off in that room only. This means you’re not wasting energy warming or cooling rooms that you’re not using.
Digital Technology To Reduce Deforestation
The digital age means that less paper can be used, thanks to storing data on computers and in the cloud, communicating via phones and emails and managing schedules and setting reminders on phones. This means individuals and businesses can be less dependent on paper, and therefore the forests that provide the resources for that paper to be produced. Of course, there is energy used for powering the paper replacing technology, but it’s significantly less than the energy used to manufacture the paper and transport it. Not to mention the countless other problems caused by deforestation.
Electric Cars And Their Emissions
When it comes to transport the best options will always be to walk where possible, use a bicycle, public transport and to car share before opting for personal transport. However, many people are dependent on their own car and electric cars are making travelling eco-friendlier. The cost of buying an electric car is declining as the technology for them develops and becomes cheaper. It’s predicted that owning an electric car will be cheaper than buying a conventional car by 2022. Electric cars produce zero emissions and the emissions from charging them is lower than a traditional car, though charging with solar power is the best and cleanest option.
Technology can help to conserve resources, but it’s important to remember that those safe resources are needed to develop, produce, manufacture and power the technology. The question is, is it worth this investment in the hope that the long-term outcome will benefit the planet and its resources?
Written By: Jennifer Dawson