Our Online and Electronic Footprint -Part One

October 8, 2014 at 11:46 am Leave a comment

While the internet has been praised for helping reduce carbon emissions worldwide, it still has some drawbacks. Here are some tips (courtesy of singlehop.com and MEG) for helping to reduce both your electronic and online carbon footprint. 

Think Before You Send!
Did you know that sending one email uses 4 grams of carbon? While this may not seem like much, a year’s worth of emails uses almost 300 pounds of carbon, the equivalent of driving a car 200 miles! Emails that contain large amounts of text, many recipients, or large attachments use even more carbon.

So before you send that email, think about if it’s really necessary. Could you talk to the recipient in person? Visiting someone in their part of the office not only reduces your carbon emissions, but gives you exercise as well. Before you hit “reply all” on that email, think about whether or not every person on the list needs to receive your reply. This will save carbon while keeping your coworkers’ inboxes less cluttered. Furthermore, take some time to unsubscribe from newsletters and websites that you no longer read or visit anymore. Not only will this reduce the amount of emails you receive, but your online carbon footprint will decrease as well. 

To Tweet, Or Not To Tweet?
Most of us also use social media for our businesses and personal lives. However, these sites can have just as much of an impact on our carbon footprint. On average, 500 million tweets are sent daily worldwide. This produces 10 metric tons of CO2 a day, the same as the emissions from driving a car 24,000 miles!

Browsing your Facebook page, Instagram, and Twitter feeds can all produce CO2, so the longer you’re on the site, the larger your footprint. Instead of looking at your phone when you’re out with friends or family, live in the moment. Its okay to miss something every once in a while. Many people have a “fear of missing out,” which has been strongly influenced by social media. Connecting with those you haven’t seen in a while is a great benefit of social media, but if you’re constantly checking for your friends’ updates and pictures, you may be missing out on things happening in your own life. Put down your phone or computer and interact with those you’re with instead of your Facebook friends or Twitter followers. This can help reduce the amount of time you spend online, which lowers your carbon footprint and makes you more present in your relationships and your own life.

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