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The prevailing attitude of people is that technology, and especially computers, should be used to make money. People are apt to forget that reducing costs is also an effective way of improving the bottom line. There are many ways that technology can not only help us save money but also help the environment.
We are at a turning point in history. Already carbon levels in the atmosphere have reached 390 parts per million. If it reaches 450 parts per million it will be catastrophic for mankind. Computer modeling shows that with population growth and economic activity we are at the point of no return. The International Energy Agency issued a bleak warning in 2011 that any more polluting factories, poorly built houses,coal burning power plants etc. would leave us unable to stop Global Warming wreaking devastation: massive flooding, desertification of the Amazon forest, mass species extinction, fresh water shortages etc. It is a chain reaction that once it starts we will be powerless to stop.
We must use technology now to prevent this happening. It could all go seriously wrong for humanity in less than 40 years.
There are several technologies that are ideal to fight the situation because they save energy, reduce carbon emissions and reduce bills. The fact that we can help the environment and help ourselves makes this technology a win-win proposition. Here are a few examples of this type of technology:
- CFLs or compact fluorescent light bulbs use 75% less electricity than normal incandescent light bulbs and last 13 times longer. Just changing 5 bulbs to CFLs can save you $100 a year.
- Solar panels or photovoltaic panels are initially expensive but they produce clean and free electricity. Over time photovoltaic panels pay for themselves and eventually start to turn you a profit. With a bit of DIY you can greatly reduce the cost of photovoltaics.
- Find the best programmable thermostat for you. Such models as the Lux Products TX9000TS or Honeywell RTH8500D will help cut electricity consumption (and thus carbon emissions). By following sensible set point temperatures you can save up to 33% on your heating and cooling bills in a year.
- A low flow shower reduces flow per minute rates of water from 5 down to 2.5. This reduces water bills and helps conserve a most precious resource.
- A good electricity usage meter is a must. It allows you to do a home energy audit to find out how much individual appliances are costing you. Once you find the electricity guzzlers you are in a much better position to make informed decisions about what you need to replace with an Energy Star approved appliance.
The use of technology in the future will focus more on environmental concerns than ever it has in the past. This is what the youth of today must prepare for if they hope to have a future.