In the electronic world, tangible goods are losing the importance that they once had. Growing up, I became attached to my Nintendo 64 and Playstation consoles. Surrounded by family and friends who all enjoyed collecting movies and games, I adopted the same mentality. As with many other industries, the digital world has been developing rapidly over the past decade. Scores of software companies have developed into platforms that involve selling their products digitally. Some sell their products exclusively through a digital store. This enables companies to reach out to their audience and give them what they want, when they want it. Additionally, it also reduces the amount of plastic being produced, which leads me to the topic at hand. How can we be more energy-efficient with our electronics, and why should we bother?
To give some background to the latest in electronic media, the electronic hardware market is still as competitive as always, but now with different focuses. As mentioned earlier, the competition among companies is increasingly moving to the software and services realm. The physical format battles that companies have fought are much less prevalent, and in their place are numerous online services that are constantly competing with one another. That being said, there are a number of things the public can do to improve their daily energy usage when it comes to electronics.
Green computing is a term that describes the practice of environmentally sustainable computing. Powering down both computers and televisions during extended periods of inactivity are the most simple ways to be green when using electronics. Supporting companies that are moving in the direction of the digital market is just another way to contribute to making our world a better place.
How can you go green
• Notebook computers use less energy than desktop computers
• If you have a desktop computer, liquid-crystal-displays consume less energy.
• Power strips are often overlooked, but they too can help with energy saving
The iTunes music store has been an outstanding example of digital software distribution working well. Up until Itunes, digital music dispersion was almost exclusively done via illegal file sharing and people hadn’t yet become accustomed to paying for downloads. Itunes, accompanied by the extraordinarily popular iPod, was the one big-name platform to succeed in cracking that market. For PC gamers, Steam is a company that distributes games digitally. Known for their great customer service and incredibly generous sales, Steam is a pioneer in a time of a growing digital game market.
Lower power consumption offers lower electricity bills and a reduced carbon footprint, with less harmful emissions of greenhouse gases. Purchasing more software and products digitally, and putting into action the steps listed above is just a start to going green with your electronics. Ultimately, without our planet, the electronics we use don’t matter. Saving electricity doesn’t just relieve your wallet, it helps keep the air and water clean, too.
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