How to Utilise Technology in Order to Go Green


About the Author: 

Mark is one of five “explorers” at Awareness Toolkits, who dig deep to find info for the creation of toolkits (articles, resource links, tips, guides, etc.) for those looking to spread awareness about specific subjects. After recently going solar in his home and learning about the positive impact it makes, Mark took an interest in “going green” and started doing research on ways to keep the momentum going. Below he shares some of the helpful tips he learned.

Living a sustainable, eco-friendly lifestyle can be a challenge in this day and age when everything one could want is available for delivery at the push of a button. However, there are plenty of green tech options that will help you take the planet’s well-being into consideration, and they don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. In fact, there are several ways you can utilise these modern tools in order to reduce your carbon footprint and go green.

Use Smart Tech

Smart technology has become more and more prevalent in homes around the world in recent years, and it has become more affordable as it grows in popularity. One aspect of smart tech that can both help you reduce your carbon footprint and lower utility bills is a programmable thermostat that will keep the temperature in your home steady and lower or raise it at a set time of day, such as when no one is home to use it. Keep in mind that although a smart thermostat (and other smart technology) may seem pricey at first glance, it will ultimately pay for itself in the long run.

For advice on installing and using these thermostats, see the Energy Saving Trust website below:

https://energysavingtrust.org.uk/home-energy-efficiency/thermostats-and-controls

Install Solar Panels

Solar panels installed on a roof can have a number of different benefits, including lowering your utility bills and helping to keep your house warmer in the winter. They can also keep the home cooler in the summertime because they deflect the sun’s hot rays from the roof. As if that wasn’t enough, solar panels can also help to protect a roof because they shield the outer layer from the elements. While these panels can be a little expensive in the beginning, you’ll definitely see a return on your investment in terms of wear and tear and your utility bills throughout the year.

Solar panels have suddenly become a little bit more lucrative. As of 1st January 2020, large energy suppliers in the UK are obliged to pay households for the renewable energy they export to the National Grid. This is under the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) scheme, set up to replace the Feed-in Tariff.

Again, the Energy Saving Trust website has plenty of useful information on this topic:

https://energysavingtrust.org.uk/renewable-energy/electricity/solar-panels

Utilise Wind Energy

Depending on where you live, you might be a good candidate for a garden wind turbine, which will help you harness the power of Mother Nature for some of the energy you use at home. Check out the Renew-Reuse-Recycle website http://www.renew-reuse-recycle.com/noabl.pl?n=503 to see whether your area has the ideal conditions for a wind turbine, and always check with your local planning authority about planning issues before you have a system installed. It’s also wise to remember that wind power isn’t always available, so you’ll most likely need a backup source of energy, or you’ll need to utilize wind power for only part of your energy needs.

See Energy Saving Trust website below for more information and advice:

https://energysavingtrust.org.uk/renewable-energy/electricity/wind-turbines

Drive Green

Vehicles are one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gases around the planet, but thanks to advances in auto technology, you can now drive an eco-friendly car that relies on battery power and provides zero emissions to the atmosphere. These days, you can even have a battery charger installed in your garage or on your drive so you won’t have to worry about getting stuck on the motorway with no power. Imagine never having to pay for petrol again! If you aren’t comfortable with an electric car, look for a hybrid that will give you the best of both worlds.

The Energy Saving Trust website contains lots if useful information on Eco-driving:

https://energysavingtrust.org.uk/transport/ecodriving

Turning to technology to help with an eco-friendly lifestyle may seem counterproductive, but there are actually several pieces of tech that can help you make the most of living green, and in many cases, they end up paying for themselves in rewards. Think about the kinds of tech you’d like to try and do some research using the websites above and others before making a decision.