Skype to the Rescue! How You Can Help the Planet
Kermit the Frog had it wrong when he said, “It’s not easy being green.” In 2013, it’s hip to be green, as more and more people and businesses around the world are working to be eco-friendly. This year marks the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day, a day meant to shed light on important environmental issues and inspire greater awareness. Whether it’s through composting, recycling or reducing the amount energy used, there are countless options you can partake in to decrease the overall negative impact you have on the environment.
Not sure where to start? Try out some of our favorite Skype green tips and commit to showing the planet earth you care by vowing to “go green”:
- Looking for an alternative means of travel? Do away with the typical trains, planes and automobiles and connect with business associates or relatives via video calling. Not only will this help lower the amount of pollution from travel, but it also makes scheduling an impromptu “visit” with family members or colleagues overseas that much easier.
- Reduce the amount of waste you create with everyday items such as paper, CDs and jump drives by sending and receiving files through Skype. Whether it’s that large presentation you had to get to your client in London or your favorite photos from your recent vacation to Mexico, sending files allows you a quick and easy substitute to printing out unnecessary copies of documents.
- Instead of trekking cross-country for a presentation or even up the street to work on your science project with a group member, consolidate time spent traveling with screen sharing. Your computer screen allows you to chat and work in real-time while, while reducing your carbon footprint.
- Unplug when you’re not at home! Take steps to decreasing your overall energy use by turning off your computer when you’re on the move. Stay connected with your world, and share your green adventures and smart eco-friendly finds with instant messaging or international calls with Skype To Go on your mobile phone.
Have you used Skype to help save the environment? Leave a comment and share with us.