We’ve all seen that little e-mail footer which reads “think of the environment before you print this email”, and by this stage it’s probably safe to say most people don’t print every e-mail to put into a big metal filing cabinet in the basement.

But paper is not the only thing with a carbon footprint.

While the internet may have a much lower carbon footprint than old-fashioned paper systems, it’s important to realize that digital technology has its carbon footprint, too (2% of the world’s CO2 emissions), and there are ways that you can reduce yours.

Use Cloud-Computing Solutions

Cloud-based tech reduces your CO2 footprint because it addresses two critical elements of a green IT approach: energy efficiency and resource efficiency. Your Business can save up to 85% in energy by switching to cloud, according to research by Google. Add to that the fact that many cloud facilities are making the change to clean, renewable energy, and you have a winner.

Choose a Laptop over a Desktop

Unless you really need a desktop to run space-intensive applications, choose a laptop instead. It uses a lot less power to run.

Unplug your Gadgets

When you’re not busy using your devices, unplug them. This goes for all devices, not only the online ones.

Support Green-Powered Apps 

There is an ever-increasing number of digital companies who are changing to renewable energy sources. Here is a look at the energy status of various popular applications.

(We believe Netflix has begun steps towards using renewable energy, since this Infographic was created, so you can add them to your “good guys” list).

Video Apps:

Messaging Apps:

Music Streaming Apps:

You can find the full Green Peace company report here,  along with the key for their guide above, and choose the greener side of life next time you upgrade your tech and services.



Credit: www.clickclean.org – thank you for the use of your Infographics.

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