According to researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, the Internet uses up about two percent of the amount of energy used globally. That may sound like a lot in the grand scheme of things, but it truly is not when you consider just how the Internet saves energy in the long run.
With the creation of the Internet, people can now telecommute at home or a nearby area with free Wi-Fi instead of commuting to work by car everyday. As more and more businesses allow their employees to work at home, the Internet is starting to make a great impact on the amount of cars that are on the road in the mornings and at the end of workdays.
A car no doubt uses up more energy than the Internet on a daily basis, so using the Internet instead of a car or other form of transportation to commute saves up tons of energy.
In 2008, 34 million tons of paper was thrown away and dumped into landfills. Now, this is the amount of paper that was manufactured, even though the Internet was still extremely popular in 2008. Now, imagine, how much paper would have to be manufactured and eventually thrown away if the Internet did not exist.
To make so much paper requires a lot of energy, and the Internet greatly reduces the need of paper.
Instead of printing out a letter or writing it out on paper to send through the mail, you can simply send a letter by e-mail. If you need to send a document to someone, instead of printing it out, you can can simply convert it into a PDF file and attach it to an e-mail.
Nowadays, many people are choosing to read virtual forms of books instead of soft cover books or hard cover books. This is reducing the amount of paper manufactured in order to create books. Not only do virtual books reduce the use paper, but they also tend to be much cheaper than soft cover or hard cover books.
Most people make multiple trips to the store every single week. These trips eventually add up to a lot of energy used up. With the invention of the Internet, you can now purchase products without ever having to leave your home, limiting the amount of gas you use.
Just go to websites, such as Amazon and EBay, and you can purchase just about any product imaginable. You can purchase clothing, shoes, jewelry, electronics, movies, books, video games, music, toys, etc. and have it shipped right to your door or your mailbox. Many of these websites offer free shipping.
Nowadays, many people are starting to purchase food online as well. On Amazon, you can purchase foods that don’t have to refrigerated, such as chips, chocolates, candies, canned foods and more.
However, on websites, such as Netgrocer, you have a much larger variety of food you can purchase. On Netgrocer, you can purchase frozen foods, such as meats, meals, and vegetables, and perishables as well.
The only downside about buying food online, especially frozen and perishable foods, is that the shipping tends to run a bit high and shipping isn’t available anywhere.
As you can see, there are many ways that the Internet saves energy, such as by limiting the amount of cars on the road and by reducing the amount of paper that is manufactured and thrown out each year.