Saturday, April 1, 2023

Ways to reduce our digital carbon footprint

Checking email, listening to music or sending photos via WhatsApp are activities that a large part of the population performs on a daily basis. They all include the devices with which we create and consume data, the networks that carry this information, and the data centers that store it. and it’s all included digital carbon footprint, As Juan F. As Samaniego explained in a recent report, Cloud it’s not ether, consume energy Which most of the time comes from fossil fuels.

Tech companies should adopt measures to reduce their energy consumption, so that it stops coming from fossil fuels and the influence of these companies is reduced. However, if you are one of those who feel econsiedad Because of this problem and when that big change is needed – you want to do something about it, here are some tips for using less energy and reducing the amount of energy you use. Minimize your impact on the climate by:

  • don’t listen to music on youtube If you don’t want to watch the video. It’s better to use an application like Spotify.
  •, Save the pages you visit the most to your browser bookmarks instead of searching them every time. Doing so loads thousands of results.
  • connect to the internet via cable when you are at home or office. It consumes less energy if you use Wi-Fi connection.
  • If you’re away from home, you’ll consume up to 15 times less energy than you ask Wi-Fi network access That if you use 3G or 4G. 5G consumes even more energy.
  • download content instead of seeing them streaming,
  • avoid video call, You may be able to avoid turning on the camera and leave the audio on in the virtual meeting.
  • clear inbox from your email. It’s a tedious task, but you can start by deleting messages with attachments, the server allows you to filter these emails and they take up the most space.
  • unsubscribe from them Newspaper In which you are no longer interested.
  • if you receive business email In which you are not interested, below you should find the option to unsubscribe from these communications. You’ll save space in the mail and time deleting them.
  • When you reply to an email, you can delete message thread above if they are not relevant.
  • Disable autoplay of videos In your browser or in the configuration of your social network.
  • save your files locally And not in the cloud when possible. You can also use external memory drives, although it is true that the risk of losing them is higher.

As a note, if you have a web page or are a content creator:

  • optimize images before uploading them. The less they weigh, the less data they consume. Use Images in jpg format And avoid PNG.
  • compress pdf files Before you upload or send them, this will save a lot of space and energy.
  • Upload videos when they contribute Price your content responsibly and efficiently.
  • use of Content Delivery Network o CDN (Content Delivery Network) so that your data travels less.
  • buy a hosting developed with renewable energy,

Anyone who is curious about the footprint of a website can use resources such as the Website Carbon Calculator or EcoGrader.

These and other suggestions may be explained in more detail at the conference. How to reduce your digital carbon footprint By Hannah Smith, a digital sustainability specialist with the Green Web Foundation. Smith also recommends two books to delve deeper into the subject: world wide wasteby Gary McGovern, and Designing for Designing for Sustainability by Tim Frick.

All these recommendations are not magic solutions and not a panacea, but they can help us reduce the impact on the planet of our activity on the Internet. Another thing everyone can do is to air their concerns and complaints technology companiesAs well as urge the public administration Those who enforce regulations aimed at reducing emissions and, consequently, the climate crisis.

In a world that is increasingly liquid but with limited resources, it is also imperative Get the most out of the useful life of equipment such as a mobile phone or computer. Although companies bring a new model to the market every now and then, the most ecological thing is to resist advertising campaigns. Marketing,

Finally, as far as possible, it is important to try Do not do anything, Yes, relax, take a walk or enjoy family or friends. do nothing sweet What do Italians say? We usually feed on clouds when we work or consume. If we transfer less data, we will consume less energy and reduce emissions. Disconnection is good for the planet and of course for your physical and emotional health.

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