Going Green With Your Electronics

Imagine you’re a superhero and your mission is to save the world. You don’t have any super powers, but you’re very intelligent and creative. So how do you save Earth? By going green, of course. One of the simplest ways to go green is through the use of electronics. Here are some tips to save money and the world, one cell phone at a time.

Rechargeable Batteries

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Rechargeable batteries are a simple way to power your electronics. Think of all the money and resources you’ll save by no longer using disposable alkaline batteries that only end up in landfills to poison the Earth. Rechargeable batteries are more costly up front but quickly pay for themselves, letting you save more money every time you use them. They also let you last longer in one cycle than the disposable kind. If you do decide to continue using alkaline batteries, properly disposing of them is a step you can take to still be green.

Solar Chargers

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Solar power allows you to collect energy from the sun and turn it into electricity. Because the sun is free to everyone, replacing your plug-in chargers with a solar-powered one is a no-brainer. You’ll save money on your power bill and do something good for the environment at the same time. You can also find solar-powered batteries that are safer than regular household batteries and last longer too.

Recycle

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When it comes to electronics, you can recycle just about everything. Laptops, computers, cell phones, TVs, and any other general electronic or appliance contains heavy metals and materials that are hazardous to the Earth but can be reused to make new electronics. The dead batteries you do have may be of no use to you, but instead of throwing them out, recycling companies can supply manufacturers with valuable components that make up your electronics and batteries. These same components that get recycled save the Earth from having to provide more non-renewable resources.

Household Appliances

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Even if you’re living in a reasonably priced apartment like Lyon Communities, saving a few extra dollars a month on your power bill really adds up. It’s very likely that your appliances, electronics, and anything else you have plugged in are sucking up your electricity, even if it’s turned off.  This is called “vampire power.” When you plug something into an outlet, a current will flow through the cord whether you have it off or on. This racks up your power bill and wastes an untold amount of valuable energy. Unplug all of your electronics and appliances when they aren’t in use, and watch your power bill drop.

Do your Research

Large LED TV

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When you’re looking to buy a new piece of electronics, do some research to see which saves energy and which wastes it. For instance, if you’re in the market for a new TV and you do a little investigating, you’ll find that LCD TVs use less energy than Plasmas. Then you can decide which LCD TV will meet all your wants and needs. Buying when you’re informed of a product will go a lot further than just making purchases. You can get better quality items and protect the Earth all at the same time.

Buy Used

Used Mobile Device

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Buying used doesn’t mean miss out. You can find electronics in great condition online or in pawn shops that have everything the newest models offer. It’s simple supply and demand that makes buying used buying green. If the demand for the brand new item is lower because people are buying used, manufacturers will have to cut down the supply to keep making profits. This conserves resources and lessens the carbon footprint.

You don’t have to have super powers to save the world. You just have to be open minded about green alternatives that save money and energy. Take baby steps, but never stop walking. You are the key to the future.

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