The New Year means that many of us will be making resolutions – plans to better ourselves, do something to better others or even do something to better the environment.
We’ve only got one planet, and developing less harmful technology is going to be even more important in the future to ensure that our planet not only survives, but thrives. Here are five green tech trends that are going to be important for many of us to keep an eye on in the New Year.
1. The rise of electric cars
2014 should prove to be a big year for electric cars. With great choices like the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf, consumers have more options than ever when it comes to choosing a wallet- and environment-friendly automobile.
If you’re looking for a truly luxurious electric car, then you might want to check out the Tesla Model S, which Motor Trend has hailed as a “remarkable automobile.”
In the next 10 or so years, the average zero-emission vehicle driver could save as much as $6,000 in fuel costs over the life of the car.
2. Companies embrace BYOD
If you’ve never heard the term BYOD (bring your own device), then 2014 might be the year you add it to your vocabulary. It turns out that more and more companies are letting employees bring their own devices to the office for work purposes.
This is a green tech trend because it means that instead of charging and maintaining both a personal and work device, employees have only one device to manage. The impact on the environment might be small, but it’s definitely measurable.
Almost 80% of employees believe that using just a single device helps them balance work and personal lives – but more than half of companies asked don’t have a BYOD policy.
3. Smarter homes
We’ve reached the point where we can put the word “smart” in front of almost any noun and we can be sure that the result is something that’s better, easier, or more powerful. When you hear the phrase “smart home,” then you know it’s something special.
Thanks to great devices like the Nest learning thermostat, our homes will soon be able to regulate their own temperature and energy usage, saving us money and lessening our harmful impact on the planet.
4. Fiber leads the way toward greener Internet
Because of this, it’s encouraging to see that some of the leading providers of fiber optic Internet are adopting increasingly planet-friendly practices. Fibernet recently upgraded its data facilities to use less power, thanks to the installation of an Uninterrupted Power Source. It’s a great alternative to traditional power backup systems that use batteries, which are less energy efficient.
5. More affordable solar power
Lastly, let’s take a look at solar power. In years past, the cost of installing solar panels in a commercial residence were prohibitively high. In 2014 and beyond, we can expect that the cost will continue to fall as the technology becomes cheaper to build. A nice additional perk for homeowners is the ability to receive a Federal tax credit for adopting solar technology.
Big or small, any step toward going green in 2014 is a step worth taking. How do you plan to go green in the New Year?
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