Tips for Environmentally Friendly IT Companies and Individuals

Global warming is very much a reality and something that we hear about almost daily. So, if you want to do something to help, then read on…

While doing some research on the internet the other day, we came across an article on “Green Web Development” which raised the thought on how us as Web Developers can be environmentally friendly and / or decrease our carbon footprint.

Computers have significantly reduced the amount of paper that used to be used in certain industries, but they have also increased the use of power / electricity.

So, we’ve put together some ideas to help you with ideas on reducing your carbon footprint whether you are in a general office space, you’re a web agency or simply someone who has a computer that you work on from home.

Tips to Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

  • Avoid printing your emails. Emails are electronic and more often than most, really don’t need to be printed, so avoiding printing if you don’t have to.
  • When printing, opt for the option to print on both sides when printing more than 1 page. Alternatively, keep paper that you have previously printed on only one side and print on the other side for papers that are for personal use.
  • Use a laptop where possible. Laptops run on battery therefore reducing the amount of electricity required at a given time. Reducing your electricity usage, decreases your carbon footprint.
  • Use LCD monitors which uses less energy – go for the size monitor you REALLY need and not for a larger monitor because you “feel like it”. The larger the monitor, the more energy consumption.
  • Turn off your PC and monitor at night to reduce electricity usage.
  • If you keep your laptop plugged in while you work, then make sure to unplug your laptop when it’s off. By keeping the charger unplugged, you reduce the amount of unnecessary electricity being consumed. The same applies for cell phone chargers.
  • Use energy efficient light bulbs which have become increasingly popular and more available than ever.
  • Use the natural daylight we have available opposed to switching the lights on.
  • Make use of vendors who use the same practices as you.
  • Make sure to have a recycle bin in the office and make sure you RECYCLE wherever possible.
  • Try and use your machines as long as possible and reuse components where possible. If none of that appeals to you, then donate your PC to someone who is in need and don’t just throw it out. The same, again, applies to your cell phone.
  • Make sure your website has been optimised to be fast and quick to load. Web pages that take longer to load as more CPU time is used which uses more power – who would have thought?!