Here are a few new ways to think about technology that you can start using right now.

It may be difficult to keep track of the environmental impact of technology given its rapid advancement. While Earth Day is a worldwide event, the lifestyle improvements you can make begin right at home. Here are five tech solutions you can use with your cellphones, computers, accessories, and other devices to do your part and benefit the environment in the long term. 1. Extend the useful life of current products

When it comes to technology, sustainability is the name of the game. The longer you can stretch a product's life, the longer you put off buying anything new. This may appear insignificant, but on a broader scale, it constitutes a substantial alteration, similar to the one we'll discuss later. Being sustainable entails more than just putting up with your damaged screen for another two years. Instead of buying a new product, repair what is repairable; this could be a phone, a laptop, a refrigerator, or anything else. Consider acquiring a desktop instead of a laptop if you operate remotely and aren't on the go frequently, at least for work.

If you enjoy fiddling with phone software, consider installing a custom ROM to extend the life of your phone even further. Remember, if you need a new one, acquire one, but don't upgrade unless it's really necessary. Finally, extending the life of your equipment saves you a lot of money.

2. Look into the used market.

Consider the used phone market if acquiring a brand-new phone or laptop is not a priority above the actual benefits that the new gadget provides. You can often find amazing prices on everything from mobile phones, laptops, and desktop settings to accessories like keyboards, mice, and gamepads on portals like Quikr and OLX.

Once you've figured out how to shop at secondhand markets, you'll be able to find great bargains. Some things to keep in mind are to look for gadgets with little to no repair history and to bargain if a device has been used for too long. When you buy used, you get a new device, but the number of new devices unboxed stays the same, which is a terrific strategy to reduce e-waste over time.

3. Look at the energy ratings on all of your appliances.

Are you in the market for a new television, refrigerator, or washing machine? Perhaps you're seeking to purchase an air conditioner. You've examined all of the features, capacities, and even colour possibilities, but don't overlook the BEE energy rating.

The greater the star rating, the more energy efficient the product, with 5-star products being the most efficient. The math is simple: the better the stars, the less of an influence on the environment and the more money you save on your electricity bill.

4. Remove any superfluous data from the cloud

Cloud storage is seen as the way of the future because it eliminates the need for space on your hard drive or phone storage. As a result, it can't impact the planet's physical, material properties, right? Wrong.

Cloud storage, contrary to popular assumption, does take up real space. Everything in the cloud, from your email inbox to terabytes of vacation images and movies, is kept someplace in a data centre. These data centres need a lot of power.