Tips for a sustainable lifestyle

Digital sustainability

Everything you do on the Internet consumes energy and is therefore responsible for the increasing emissions of CO2.

People sitting around a table promoting digital sustainability

Over the last few years, the use of streaming platforms in particular has increased rapidly – and Corona has further strengthened this trend. For example, video streaming accounts for 80 percent of global data traffic. One measure is therefore to generally stream less, but to be more selective.

Furthermore, you can already save a considerable amount of energy by playing songs as audio files instead of streaming them as video on YouTube. There are plugins available for this, such as YouTube Audio. And if you want to watch the video, you can do your bit by picking a lower resolution – it does not always have to be 8K quality after all.

In Switzerland, the average usage time of a smartphone is just two years and that of a TV set five years. You can do something for digital sustainability by using appliances longer and make sure that you dispose of the broken ones porperly.

Another factor in saving energy is reducing data storage. Thus, clean up your email inbox regularly to free up storage space. It is also advisable to store data locally whenever possible and to use cloud services sparingly.

You can also make sure to use WLAN networks instead of mobile networks whenever possible. When using WLAN at home, it is also advisable to use a renewable energy mix (photovoltaic, hydroelectric, wind, biomass).

In addition to these measures, you can also consciously go offline from time to time – keyword Digital Detox. As a change, reading a book or going out into nature is climate-friendly per se and promotes digital sustainability.

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