High-tech devices make our lives more convenient and help keep us in touch with friends and family, but they can also be the keys to a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. Whether you want to cut down on power consumption or conserve printer paper, these tips can help.
Some devices use power even if they're turned off. A phone charger can draw current even if there's no phone plugged into it. Unplug completely or use a "smart" power strip that shuts off power when not in use.
Choose paperless billing for your mobile phone and data plans. You aren't just keeping envelopes and statements out of the trash, each month that's one less envelope the post office has to deliver, cutting CO2 emissions. Archive emailed statements on your computer for easy future reference.
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Supermarket vegetables are often shipped thousands of miles to get to you. Check the web or an Android™ app to locate nearby farms or farmers' markets. Local produce is fresher and tastes better—and it's better for the environment.
If your community doesn't offer curbside pickup of paper, glass and plastic, find a nearby dropoff location. A simple Web search will usually turn up a number of options, or you can use an app on your Galaxy smartphone to help find a recycling center.
Sitting in traffic for hours every day is terrible for the planet and hard on your wallet. Ask your employer if flexible scheduling is an option, either starting early or late so you miss rush hour, or working from home a few days a week.
That stack of office paper can go twice as far if you simply print on both sides. Set your printer to use duplexing, or turn on options for printing on both sides of the paper in the software applications you frequently use.
There's no need to rely on printed fax documents any more. Sign up for an e-fax service to send and receive faxes via email. For paper documents that you need to fax, use a multifunction device to send the message, eliminating the need to buy a standalone fax machine.
Most communities offer numerous options for recycling old or broken phones, computers, TVs and other devices. If your town doesn't offer it, keep an eye out for free e-waste dropoffs at nearby schools, churches or charities. Learn about Samsung’s recycling programs.
For more tips and information, check out Samsung's Guide to Green. Share your own tips in the comments below.
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