It’s almost impossible to turn on the news today without seeing something about the demands for energy getting worse and worse. It may seem overwhelming, particularly for those looking for simple sustainable living solutions. Sustainable living is like changing your diet though; small steps can have a big impact.
For instance, look at your handheld technology and ask how much less power you’d draw from the grid if you could run them off of home-generated green energy.
How Much Power Does A Smartphone Use?
According to this source you may only be using between .41 and .50 to charge your smartphone at a wall outlet every year. Now that doesn’t sound like much, but it’s important to remember the sheer ubiquity of cell phone technology. How many smartphones do you have just in your house? Your office? What about your city?
There are millions of these devices in use all over the world, and estimates say that 1 billion smartphones will be on the market and in use by the year 2016. That doesn’t account for regular cell phones, tablets, ereaders, and the dozens of other small, handheld devices you and people like you use every day.
Suddenly sustainability becomes a much bigger issue.
Green Energy Chargers Can Help Alleviate The Problem
While getting green energy on a city-providing scale is a massive, expensive endeavor it’s possible to get green energy chargers for a very reasonable amount of money. The XD solar charger mounts onto a window, and as long as there’s sunlight it can charge any small device with a USB port. The onE Puck by Epiphany Labs uses a miniature Sterling engine kept in a coaster to turn heat or cold into a charge for your phone. There are hundreds of options on the market right now, and all of them will make it so that you should never need to plug your smartphone, or any other USB charging device, into a wall socket again.
Not only that but you’ll be able to keep using your devices even when the power goes out. You reduce your dependency on grid energy, lessen your carbon footprint, and you still get to use the plethora of modern conveniences that you’ve come to rely on.
Now pause for a minute, and ask if everyone in your household used green energy to charge their devices. Your office? Your city? The impact adds up quite quickly.
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