4 Energy Efficiency Tips for Distant Learning

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Many activities that we used to do face-to-face moved online. One of those activities is education. Based on McKinsey & Company, while people increasingly access online tools to learn and acquire new skills, energy consumption is also growing (1). This article presents four ways to use energy more effectively while studying online.

First of all, optimize your device settings and use energy-efficient devices. The best way to do it is to lower the brightness of your computer screen and enable power-saving modes and sleep settings to minimize energy use when your device is not in active use. In addition, ensure your computer and other devices are ENERGY STAR certified for energy efficiency—also, close unnecessary applications and browser tabs to conserve processing power.

Secondly, utilize natural light and manage heating and cooling in your house. Position your study area near a window to take advantage of natural daylight – this can reduce the need for artificial lighting during the day. Furthermore, use energy-efficient LED or CFL bulbs when artificial lighting is necessary. Remember to set your thermostat to an energy-efficient temperature. Dress appropriately for the season to avoid overusing heating or cooling systems.

Thirdly, it is vital to manage your study time mindfully. Plan study breaks to reduce screen time and give your eyes and device a rest. Put your device to sleep during breaks or turn it off entirely instead of leaving it idle. In addition, prioritize your tasks and create a schedule to maximize your online study time. Being organized can help you avoid wasting time and energy.

To use energy more efficiently, it is also important to manage online resources appropriately. It is recommended to download study materials, such as videos and documents, to your device for offline use whenever possible to reduce the need for constant internet connectivity. Also, avoid streaming high-definition videos or running resource-intensive applications when not needed.

By adopting these energy-saving practices, you can make your online study sessions more efficient, environmentally friendly, and cost-effective. These habits benefit you and contribute to energy conservation and sustainability.

 

Many activities that we used to do face-to-face moved online. One of those activities is education. While people increasingly access online tools to learn and acquire new skills, energy consumption is also growing. Here are four ways to use energy more effectively while studying online:

  1. Optimize your device settings.
  2. Utilize natural light and manage heating and cooling in your house.
  3. Plan study breaks to reduce screen time and give your eyes and device a rest.

Manage online resources appropriately.

https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/education/our-insights/demand-for-online-education-is-growing-are-providers-ready