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It’s also known as sustainable technology and is a term used to cover technology that’s considered to be environmentally friendly, either because of its production process or supply chain.
It’s also been used when referring to energy production that’s less harmful to the environment than traditional ways of producing energy such as burning fossil fuels.
When compared to technology as a whole, ‘green technology’ is relatively new but it’s rapidly growing in importance as more and more people are realizing the impact they have on the environment.
It ranges from simple tasks that can be performed in your home to highly specialized systems.
What are the Goals of Green Technology?
Green technology has been developed because the needs of society need to be met but in a more sustainable way. This technology is important because it can be used indefinitely without damaging or depleting our planet’s natural resources. Products made using green technology can be fully reclaimed or re-used. Production of these items creates less waste and pollution. We have realized for many years now that our use of fossil fuels and chemical intensive agriculture is not sustainable and green technology is providing alternatives.
Examples of Green Technology
One of the best-known examples of green technology is the solar cell. An increasing number of homeowners and businesses are benefiting from business and home solar systems. Companies such as Going Solar are helping people to generate electricity from solar energy, thereby reducing our use of fossil fuels, pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions. The solar cell is not the only example of green technology.
Here are some more examples:
Small versions are available for you to use at home; however cost and capability vary considerably. Kit based generators can help you offset 10-15% of your home energy costs.
Rainwater Harvesting System
This is a simple mechanical system that can connect to a gutter system or other rooftop water collection system. Rainwater is stored in a barrel or cistern for non-potable use.
Geothermal Heat Pump
This is a heat exchange apparatus that’s buried underground where temperatures are more stable. Once installed it can reduce heating and cooling costs by up to 40%.
Dual Flush Toilets
This is a toilet with two flush options, one for liquid waste and one for more solid waste. Liquid waste requires far less water so why use the same amount every time you flush? A dual flush toilet also uses a different mechanism for flushing away the waste.
Smart Power Strips
There are a number of electrical items that remain plugged in even when they aren’t being used. TVs, DVD players, and video games consoles are constantly using energy, even when they’re in the off position. Plug all your devices into a smart power strip, and it is used to cut the power flow to all the devices plugged into the strip.
Home Energy Management Technology
Do you know where in your home you use the most energy? A home energy monitor can let you know where, when and how you’re using your energy. It’s possible to purchase a range of different devices from the most simple to more complex. All the data collected is sent to your computer, and you can see where you’re wasting energy with just a few clicks.