Reconsider cloud storage
Cloud computing relies on data centres that consume a lot of power & electricity. Every file you upload onto the cloud gets saved repeatedly for security purposes. Hence, try to upload or save only the files or folders that you consider essential. For instance, when you click five identical images, do you like all of them? If not, then try to make it a habit of deleting them from the cloud at that point. Instead of saving them on the cloud, you can opt for hard drives or pen drives for saving them, which is a more environment-friendly option.
Always prefer to download instead of streaming videos
Streaming is one of the biggest enemies of the environment, as it adds to your digital carbon footprint and contributes to about 300 million tonnes of CO2 emissions every year, a figure which will only continue to rise. If possible, reduce your daily watching time, and preferably download videos if you plan to rewatch them. That way, you pull the data from the server only once, unlike when you stream.
It is important to think carefully about any video because streaming the video online will emit 8.7 grams of CO2 into the atmosphere. Additionally, you can disable autoplay videos and try to use Wi-Fi instead of 4G, as it consumes less energy.
Furthermore, it is important to restrict the overall time you spend using the internet, especially smartphones, it will benefit not only the environment but also your mental health.
Some other steps towards protecting the environment
Besides reducing your digital carbon footprint, you should try to avoid creating electronic waste by being responsible while disposing of your electronic gadgets. Be it something as tiny as a battery or something as big as your computer or a printer, try not to mix or discard them off with your regular household waste. Several elements present in these electronic devices are potentially detrimental to the environment. Besides, we can recycle many parts of these gadgets. So, instead of throwing it away or letting it gather dust at home, try to reach out to a nearby recycling centre or hand it over to a designated pick-up service.
In the first place, you must try to avoid changing your gadgets often, especially the best models of smartphones. One of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint is to buy less powerful devices that ensure lesser energy consumption.
Implementing some simple modifications in your digital life may initially seem slightly cumbersome, but in the long term, you’ll be moving towards a more environment-friendly and healthy life.