Using Technology to Help the Environment

When you think of the word technology, environment is typically not a word you would associate it with. As technology has advanced more and more each day we are finding that it helps with a lot of different areas - areas such as the environment. Smart home devices conserve energy by using artificial intelligence to shut off power to devices that aren’t in use. Smart appliances like refrigerators can send you an email if the door is ajar, or if your cheese is about to expire. This can be very helpful if you live a busy lifestyle and don't have time to constantly check things. These smart home devices can also optimize your thermostat or power use so you’re not consuming energy when you’re not at home. Thermostats and smart bulbs can be programmed to turn on and off at certain times. Just as your appliances can let you know that you are wasting energy, they can also email you if they have a part that’s about to wear out. It not only saves you money on replacing expensive appliances but allows you to fix problems before your major appliance ends up in a landfill. Smart sprinkler systems help regulate how much water you’re consuming by adjusting according to the weather, optimizing not only your water bill but also the impact on the community water supply. Green buildings are constructed to best harness natural lighting and will drastically reduce expensive lighting costs and the consumption of coal needed to power that lighting. Some other ways that technology can help with the environment is reducing waste. Digital books eliminate the number of paper products and trees that we have to cut each year to make books or notebook paper. Streaming media services are reducing the demand for producing DVDs and all the wasteful packaging that goes along with them. Although we will never be a paperless society for quite some time. We can tell that society is changing using technology. We can also help prevent food waste. Data collection and analysis can help charities communicate with partners like grocery stores and restaurants to direct surplus items to people who need them. Our kids are learning in smarter classrooms that are designed around creating greater interaction and active participation, often incorporating smart projectors, smart whiteboards, and personal digital devices. This is easier than the old-school chalkboards that people grew up with. Schools are building or upgrading to classrooms that are better at conserving energy and creating a more comfortable learning space. Overall even though technology has its disadvantages and isn't always the best option it definitely is the most environmentally friendly option. Technology helps reduce so much waste that the average person wouldn't even realize they're wasting. By going for the more technical option we can really improve our environment drastically. But it's not just about the environment it's also about ourselves. Improving the world we live in we can also improve our mental and physical health by giving us cleaner air, fresher water, and more access to trees. This is why technology can help drastically improve our environment and in fact, already has.