How to Reduce Your Digital Footprint

how to reduce your digital footprint

February 15, 2020

How to reduce your digital footprint and all round environmental impact

The internet and our reliance on digital devices has a huge impact on the environment, from the greenhouse gases produced, to the raw materials used for the production. But here’s a few ways you can reduce your digital impact:

  • Choose a green cloud based storage provider, like Google Drive, or Amazon Drive. (Find out more about Green Cloud Storage here) Adobe also have some good sustainable practices already, and renewable energy targets all of which they discuss openly here
  • Reduce reply all on emails
  • Delete old emails you don’t need any more
  • Delete old photos and screenshots you don’t need any more (yes, I mean all the photos of your ex *are you sure you want to permanently delete these items?* *yes I am* BIN)
  • Turn off your computer if you’re away for it for more than 2 hours (even in sleep mode, your computer uses energy)
  • Use your phone for small, quick google searches as it uses less energy than your laptop
  • Unplug your charger/switch off the socket, when it’s not in use
  • Don’t buy a new phone or laptop unless you need one, and when you do, recycle your old one! (Apple are really good for their genius bars, which can help with fixing your devices, replacing failing batteries to give your device more life, and recycling old devices, just don’t get sucked into the need to always have the most up-to-date model – you don’t!)
  • Choose a green web hosting provider for your website – Kualo, is the hosting provider that I use for my WordPress site, and I can currently only say good things about them. They use renewable energy to power their data centres, have great up-time and security, one-click WordPress install, c-panel, and great customer service. You can also purchase your domain through them, which is super handy for keeping everything in one place. Check out their packages here (that’s an affiliate link, which means I receive a small commission if you sign up using that link – at no extra cost to yourself – (I will only ever recommend products I genuinely love!)) Greengeeks and EcoHosting are other options worth considering, and you can check out whether your current hosting provider is green, by clicking here and entering your website URL.
  • Reduce image sizes before uploading them to your website (this makes it quicker too, so it’s a win win!)
  • Unsubscribe from email newsletters you aren’t interested in
  • Regularly delete all your junk mail
  • Charge your devices using renewable energy – either switch to a renewable energy supplier, or invest in a solar charger for when you’re on the go
  • Switch your devices to Dark Mode so they use less power displaying the screen
  • Reduce amount of time spent streaming Netflix or Youtube – easier said than done but I encourage you to go outside more instead 🙂 
  • Upload less pictures to social media – no-one needs to see 10 near identical pictures anyway

This list is of course non-exclusive and I’m sure there are plenty of other ways to make a difference, but I hope you found it useful, and that it inspires you to try and reduce your digital impact. 

Happy internet-ing!

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