What a wonderful time we live in. Not only do we have the luxury of taking everyday marvels like on-demand heat and light, clean running water and the ability to banish our bowel movements from our sight at the push of a button but the myriad possibilities presented by digital technology. Those of us who remember spending hours waiting for music to download over a dial-up connection know how far digital technology has come over the years but few of us realize the ways in which it can make our ideal homes, our cars and even our bodies more energy efficient, thereby lowering our carbon footprint.
Here are some technological advancements, both new and old, that can save you money and help to save our planet.
For generations the humble electric wall plug sat in our wall waiting to be used and when an item would plug in, it would let fly with an indiscriminate feed of electricity. How much energy we were using and just how energy efficient we were being were an unfortunate mystery to us. Well, no longer! The advent of digital technology has allowed us to view our energy use and costs through our smartphones via smart plugs. The Smart Future gives a great breakdown on the various smart plugs on the market. Smart plugs are controlled remotely through an associated app so you don’t even need to walk over to the socket anymore to switch off your appliance.
Energy saving LED light bulbs are one of the cheapest and simplest solutions to combatting energy waste. If you’re still using incandescent bulbs you’ll be astonished at how much energy you’re wasting. Old fashioned incandescent light bulbs work by super heating a filament to produce heat and light. The trouble is that 90% of the energy produced is in the form of heat, and only 10% on light.
Fortunately, there are a wide range of LED (light emitting diode) and CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lamps) bulbs on the market that save money, help the environment and look gorgeous.
When the energy saving bulb revolution first occurred your only option was the original corkscrew design but there are now more options than ever. Pretty Handy Girl have laid out their top 12 energy saving bulbs which will give you a great idea of how diverse and great looking the range of bulbs on supply out there really are.
LED bulbs in particular allow for huge range of diversity in terms of style and color. Their relatively small size allows for a much greater versatility in terms of design. Some of them also incorporate bluetooth speakers… The future is here!
Carbon Cutting ‘Fitbit’
As digital technologies become smaller and hardier, wearable technology is rising rapidly. Many of us use a fitbit which helps us to document our calorie consumption, heart rate and steps taken per-day but UK based design firm Layer are working with The Carbon Trust to create Worldbeing; an equivalent device for measuring energy consumption and ascertaining the wearer’s carbon footprint.