In honor of Earth Day, here are our 5 TechTips to reduce your impact on the environment.
1. Unplug your phone charger
You should try to get in the habit of unplugging your phone charger when you are not charging your phone and when your phone if fully charged. According to the US Department of Energy, “the average charger is consuming .26 watts of energy when not in use, and 2.24 watts even when a fully charged device is connected to it”. An added benefit of following this advice is improved cell phone battery life; leaving your phone plugged in after it’s fully charged can cause battery degradation.
2. Read the newspaper online or recycle your printed version
The eco-benefits of reading your news digitally may be similar to reading the printed version when you factor in the energy costs for the entire process of both. Either way, you choose to get your news do what you can to reduce your impact, put your device to sleep when taking a break from reading and recycle your printed editions. Reminder, FIT Students, Staff and Faculty can get access to NYTimes Online for free, get started by following our FAQ NYTimes Academic Pass .
3. Use rechargeable batteries and recycle
Americans throw away 3 billion batteries annually. Both disposable and rechargeable batteries can be recycled and should not be tossed out with your regular trash, the chemicals in the batteries can leach out over time causing great harm to the environment. Did you know, FIT has a battery recycling program? Bring your used batteries to A739 for recycling.
4. Purchase energy-efficient equipment
The IT Department at FIT purchases Energy Star computers and equipment whenever possible. Energy Star is a US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program that determines the highest standards for energy-saving products. By choosing Energy Star you are choosing to reduce your carbon footprint.
5. Keep it digital and reduce printing
500 sheets of black and white printing can cost a business (or school) $2,600 annually. Whenever, possible keep your document digital, your Google Drive is a great resource for saving documents electronically and remember with your FIT Google Apps for Education account you get unlimited drive storage. If you must print consider changing the margins or font. Changing the font from Arial to Century Gothic can save a business (or school) over $160 a year.