7 tips to reduce digital pollution at home

7 tips to reduce digital pollution at home
7 tips to reduce digital pollution at home

Once you are comfortably seated on your sofa, with your computer on your lap, you can chat with your friends online, order your next basket of seasonal fruit and vegetables, respond to two or three emails, or even find the next film you are planning. watch…

But then how to limit the digital pollution at home ? ID offers you 7 tips, to be found in its Practical Ideas guide #5 “Ecology at home”:

Limit streaming

Watching a video in streaming involves the transmission of data in a continuous stream from the moment the file is requested. This makes servers work remotely, as well as its own equipment. So, even watching your favorite series has a serious impact on the environment: moderation is essential when it comes to the use of online streaming sites… It is therefore better to download a film.

Limit online storage of data

Any data stored online consumesenergy. You have to think about this when you store your videos, documents, photos and music on email servers and on the “cloud” (all networks, servers and storage units to which Internet users connect with a secure Internet connection ). The latter takes the form of premises, cables and IT equipment which consume a lot of energy. It is better to store your data locally to avoid going back and forth between users and servers. Data that must also be sorted (we throw away what we no longer need), so as not to further increase energy expenditure.

Perform optimized web searches

15,000 km is the average distance traveled by a digital data, whether it is an email, a download, or a web request. However, in one hour, 180 million Google searches are carried out around the world… Instead of typing the name of the site you want to go to into a search engine, type the address of the site directly. Additionally, create a favorites list and delete unused tabs. To limit the demand on the search engine servers, use really precise and targeted keywords.

Good to know : A wired connection (Ethernet cable) to the network consumes less than a Wi-Fi connection.

Favor sending light emails

It is better to limit collective sending (multiplying the number of recipients of an email by 10 multiplies its number by four). impact), delete attachments saved in emails, and more generally send light attachments. If the attachment to send is too heavy, it is better to favor heavy file transfer sites… Also remember to delete all your unnecessary emails, including spam (install anti-spam on your computer) and to regularly empty the “cache” of your computer.

Saying stop to the day before

Do you never turn off your computer? This is a mistake, you should not leave your devices on all the time. Remember to unplug them or schedule a day before after a few minutes of inactivity. As for the TV box and receiver, do they stay on at home all night and day while you work in the office? Same, better to turn them off, and as much as possible! Also, stop using GPS and Bluetooth on your phone if you don’t use it. Remember to put your computer and smartphone in “energy saving” mode.

Optimize your online orders

On the Internet, we also tend to buy! THE e-commerce is also breaking records in France and these purchases increasingly concern everyday goods. Encourage collection of your purchases from a relay point, which concentrates deliveries, and avoid uncertain purchases. Group your purchases and favor local businesses, which use ecological packaging… and don’t overpack!

Opt for an eco-responsible search engine

What if the search engine you use supported social and environmental projects? Google does not have a monopoly on web queries: head to search engine French Ecogine, which is committed to financing environmental associations chosen by Internet users. Or the German search engine Ecosia, which allows you to surf the Internet while planting trees. Let us also cite Lilo.org, a platform launched by two French engineers: 50% of the revenue generated by advertising is donated to associations, NGOs, foundations and social enterprises which work to implement sustainable initiatives.

And to go further, order your Practical Ideas #5 “Ecology at home” guide now and find all our concrete solutions and useful advice for integrating more ecology into your daily life and your home.

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