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Green Information Technology: Vital Concepts You Need to Know

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Green technology is taking over in all areas of the world. From developing and streamlining new forms of energy production to creating computer systems and setting up futuristic networks, Green IT is one of the latest concepts to hit the modern world.

Let’s face it, the vast majority of the energy we’ve use today is spent on our laptops, computers, tablets, and smartphones, and one source suggests it could be as much as 2% of the global energy usage; which is why it’s important to think ahead towards a sustainable future.

Today, we’re going to explore several important ‘Green IT’ concepts, making it easy for you to consider what changes you could make at home or in your business, ultimately helping you to save money, save energy, and save the planet.

Cloud Computing is the Future

As an individual or business, the chances are that you’ve already heard of cloud computing and what it’s doing in the world. This topic includes everything from cloud data providers like Dropbox, to the huge server systems that keep Facebook running.

Cloud computing is the way forward for many businesses and is one of the leading initiatives in Green IT due to the fact that everything is stored and managed in one place, using one form of electricity and is highly streamlined for performance and efficiency.

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How Computers Are Made

While paying attention to the energy usage and sources of our computing devices, the materials of the computers themselves will also need to be taken into consideration. Not only that, but Green IT will also have a focus on where the computers are coming from.

For example, if a computer is being made from unsustainable parts and materials in an unsustainable part of the world; this is going to cost you and the rest of the world so much more money in the long-term than a sustainable computer system made down the road.

Making It All Monitorable

With the rise in popularity of Green IT projects, now and in the future, more and more solutions will become available where you can monitor your energy usage on a real-time basis both at home and within your business.

These already exist in the form of Smart meters, but more and more options will be able to help you monitor all aspects of a building or network in more detail. Of course, the more information you have on what energy you’re using, the better the decisions you’ll be able to make when it comes to saving it.

Michelle Gooden, a Green living blogger, and editor of WriteMYX and 1Day2Write shares;

“You’ll be amazed at how much energy is still being used in your home or business, even when you think everything is off or in a typically power-guzzling stand-by mode. These virtualization solutions will be one of the key advancements that will promote a real Green IT initiative”.

Where Energy Comes From

Let’s imagine you’re running a company with a skyscraper with multiple floors and you’re running computers, smartphones, laptops, servers, Wi-Fi networks, the works. Everything here takes energy to run, and if you’re simply taking it from the mains, in most cases this won’t be an eco-friendly or sustainable solution.

However, by taking the time to invest in renewable and sustainable energy sources, such as solar panels on the roof or building, or by switching to a sustainable energy provider, you’ll be helping to create a Green IT company that will benefit both you and the planet in the future.

“Switching over to a sustainable energy provider is one of the easiest ways to start meeting Green IT criteria. As more and more countries and governments start to pay attention to living a sustainable future, this may happen soon because a legal requirement, so it may be beneficial to do this earlier rather than later to make sure it’s done” says Jean Taylor, a Green business consultant of Origin Writings.

Improve System Efficiency

One of the most energy-consuming issues that computers and electronic devices compete with is heat dissipation. When electronics run, they generate a lot of heat which is a huge waste of energy.

To help keep things running at an efficient temperature, heat pumps, variable-speed fans and other kinds of cooling technologies will need to be implemented.

By paying attention to all aspects of a computing process, everybody can then start to identify areas where improvements to efficiency and performance can be made, ultimately saving energy and money for everybody involved.

Author’s Bio: Joel Syder is a Green IT consultant and blogger at Academic Brits. He loves to help people to realize their potential in exciting field of information technology as well as creating articles about things that excite him such as living a sustainable future.
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