We live in a world where shopping encourages people to throw things away without even thinking twice about the environmental impact. Simple things like a plastic bag that is used to carry goods from the local grocery store will be disposed as waste within a couple of hours and then taken to landfill. Instead of it being recycled, a new bag will be created and it will go through the same life-cycle, which will continue to contribute to the problem.
It’s frustrating for environmentalists because they can see the problem before their eyes, but unless people are prepared to see the value in making the necessary changes, it is unlikely that any changes will happen.
However, there’s technology that you can shop for in 2017 that will make a difference. Here are a few items that you should put on your shopping list, so you can do your part to preserve the environment.
Smarter Shopper that helps the environment
Shop for LED light bulbs instead of incandescent light bulbs
The first thing that you will think when you see the price of LED light bulbs is how much more expensive they are compared to incandescent bulbs. They are more expensive when you look at the face value of them, but they actually save you a lot more money than incandescent light bulbs over the long-term. This is because they last longer, so you won’t have to replace the bulbs as often. Also, they consume up to 90% less energy than incandescent light bulbs.
Most people that purchase LED light bulbs report up to 60% in annual savings in their energy bills. So if this sounds like something that you would like to benefit from, start purchasing LED lights.
Additionally, you can expect to minimise your contribution towards carbon emissions. Most electricity is generated from the burning of fossil fuels like coal and oil. By consuming less electricity, you will be helping to minimise the amount of carbon emissions being produced.
Purchase eco-efficient printers
Printers contribute towards waste and carbon emissions through electrical consumption. A lot of paper goes to waste due to printing errors. You can invest in a more eco-friendly printer that holds the printing job and will only print the job when it is confirmed by the person who requested the job in the first place.
Another issue is energy consumption. Printers are usually left on when idle. The problem is that they still consume energy when they are in an idle state. Eco friendly printers will go into a low power ‘energy saving mode’ when they realise they aren’t in use. This will help to reduce energy consumption and lower energy bills as well.
Thirdly, you want to invest in a printer whose ink cartridges can be recycled by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM). Consider reputable suppliers such as Canon, Epsom or HP, who provide high quality ink cartridges and also have recycling programs, which will minimise the amount of ink cartridges that end up in landfill.
Save on heating bills with insulation and double glazed windows
When the winter cold comes, you can really feel its bite on your toes. The first thing people will do is turn on the heater. There are some simple eco-friendly options like keeping a hot water bottle on you or drinking a hot drink, but nothing beats having a warm and cosy environment.
The best way to have this is by investing in insulation technology such as insulated walls, roofs and double glazed windows. This will help to retain the heat within a property and minimise the dependence on electrical heating.
Purchasing a few of these items can make a huge difference to your personal impact on the environment. The best thing is that none of these technologies will affect your lifestyle. Take a look around your property to see if you can get any of these in 2017. Tell your friends too. They might just jump on the bandwagon as well!