Reduce

Compensating CO2 emissions is an important and sensible move if all possible steps are first taken to reduce them. That is why the first objective has to be reducing the impact that your site or blog has on the environment.

These are practical eco-friendly recommendations for reducing energy consumption in our online activities.

1- If you need to do a search, go to Gaatle

Did you know that, according to a study done by a physicist at Harvard University in Boston, every Internet search generates 7 mg of CO2, due to high electricity consumption. Choose a more eco-friendly search engine: with Gaatle, the “black” version of Google, more than 750 MegaWatt hours could be saved every year.

2-Check the list

This recommendation also involves our PCs, the tool we use to browse: to be sure of using equipment that respects the environment, that consume little and save energy and money on the electric bill, we choose Greenpeace’s Guide to Greener Electronics.

3- Use the eco-adapter

If you have a laptop, it’s worthwhile top buy an energy-saving power source. There are several types on the market.

4- Buy a wattmeter

Have fun calculating how much your computer and all your electric appliances consume, especially when on standby. All you need is a wattmeter, a small adapter-like device for the current. Old PCs used to consume up to 20 Wh on standby, just like a light bulb. About 1 g of CO2 an hour. How about yours?

5- Batteries for the mouse

Many people use a WiFi optical mouse that needs batteries to operate. Choose rechargeable ones instead. They last for from 500 to 1000 cycles and don’t pollute like the throwaway ones, production of which consumes 200 times more energy than they contain.

6- Shop online

Indirectly, you can use the Web to save CO2 in other areas. Now almost all supermarkets and even many small shops have an Internet site that lets you do your shopping online: choose the products you want (preferably organic and ecological), avoid lines and traffic stress; carries deliver to multiple families in a single trip, thereby reducing times and consumption.

7- Small footprint

Sometimes while browsing the Net we come across interesting documents we’d like to print. Do it, but use the eco-font: download it from www.ecofont.eu and you’ll save 20% on ink. And if you choose to do it on an inkjet printer rather than a laser printer, you’ll save 90% in electricity.

8- Calculate your impact

Use the computer to assess your lifestyle and estimate what your ecological imprint is on the planet. With the Zero Impact® calculator, for example, in just a few clicks you can calculate how much CCO2 you emit each day with your travel and household activities. The first step in doing something concrete for the planet.