Technology has been helping people get more and more developed with each passing day and live better. But, this development comes at the cost of the environment. And, development in the present need not compromise the quality of natural resources in the future. You can use eco-friendly gadgets and still be considered a tech-advanced lifestyle. So, in this article, we’ll show you how technology can help you to live more sustainably.
Internet Of Things (IoT)
How often do you forget to turn off your water geyser? You only remember about it when you’ve finally reached the office, but now there’s no way you can go back home and turn it off. So, in the meantime, it continues to heat water unnecessarily and consumes energy for that. But how convenient it is to be able to turn off the geyser with a few taps on your smartphone.
That’s where the Internet of Things comes into the picture because it makes such things possible. All eco-friendly gadgets, like smart thermostats, work on this principle and help lower your energy consumption.
We now have various smart alternatives to our traditional sources of energy. For example, you can opt for LED bulbs instead of choosing your regular light bulbs. These last longer and are way better for the environment. Yes, these are slightly more expensive when compared to regular ones.
But look at the bigger picture: they use less energy and thus help save more electricity and money that would otherwise be spent on light bills! Plus, LED bulbs that function on IoT can be controlled from your mobile phone! Don’t want to get out of bed to turn off the light? Fine. Just use your phone to get it done!
Likewise, you should consider switching to solar-powered objects like security cameras, garden lights, and water geysers. Honestly, solar energy has many benefits. After all, it is one natural source that won’t ever deplete. It will lower your energy consumption and bills, plus you’ll never be out of energy.
There’s no denying that those alkaline AA batteries last longer and are pretty cheap. But have you ever paused to consider the environmental concerns they are raising? Right from their manufacturing process to the way they are disposed of? Thankfully, we now have a more eco-friendly option available. So, you can opt for USB batteries instead of conventional batteries.
These batteries are not single-use like the AA ones. Because once they are out of fuel, you have to take the top cap off and charge it with a USB cable. Yes, it’s true that the charge doesn’t last as long. But hey, you can keep a few batteries charged to ensure that you don’t run out of energy! Doing this is any day better than producing more waste, right?
Big Data Analytics
Big data is mainly used for online marketing purposes. However, it can also be used to live more sustainably. Companies can collect and analyze data from the masses to become more informed about the kinds of environmental concerns that exist.
The data will also shed light on energy usage by the company and thus reveal all the areas where energy can be saved or used more efficiently. These measures will help the company reduce its carbon footprint and the negative ecological impact it was earlier having.
Yes, we’ve just talked about how energy-efficient eco-friendly gadgets are. But, apart from that, you should also consider switching to electric vehicles. Earlier, electric vehicles–impracticable and ridiculously expensive– were a bit of a joke. However, with the advancement of automotive technology, times have changed for the better now.
Electric vehicles are now becoming better and more accessible to people. Car manufacturers, like Tesla, are already making affordable cars, and as time goes by, you can only expect more efficient and cheaper models in the market.
Choose Meat Alternatives
Oh, sure, lamb chops are delicious. But did you know that 14.5% of human emissions globally can be attributed to animal farming? In other words, meat consumption significantly contributes to pollution. And decreasing our meat consumption can magnificently lower pollution levels as well.
Now, you must say that your meat is a rich source of your protein, and giving it up will lead you to a nutrient deficiency. If so is the case, you can go for plant-based meat alternatives manufactured by companies like Beyond Meat. These alternatives will help you to make more sustainable meals.
Practice Indoor Farming
For practicing agriculture, a huge proportion of land is used. On top of that, using chemical fertilizers and pesticides only depletes the quality of this natural resource. However, all this can be changed and improved if people opt for indoor farming. Yes, it’s possible! Plus, indoor farming has proven to be much more productive than traditional one!
If climate control technology is used, then farmers can yield seasonal crops throughout the year and sell them in addition to their regular ones. This will only mean more income for the farmers.
Indoor farming will also benefit the growing population since we’ll need more land to hold the growing population.
We just saw how helpful indoor farming is to everyone– from farmers to the environment. So, you can think of precision agriculture as nothing but the cherry on the cake. Because practicing precision agriculture will help make indoor farming much more cost-effective, practical, and sustainable!
In precision agriculture, technology makes agricultural activities much more controlled and efficient. For example, sensors can be installed in irrigation systems to reduce the wastage of water by preventing over-watering!
As we’ve discovered, while technological waste can be a huge issue, it could also help you improve the way you live.