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Technology and green living

Going or living green means making environmentally friendly decisions and is becoming more and more popular as more people learn about global warming. More cities and municipalities are introducing eco-friendly initiatives, such as electronic recycling and bans on certain kinds of plastic.

Technology that you use on a daily basis, such as a smartphone, can be of great help in becoming greener in a number of ways. Here are three of them:

You can significantly reduce paper use by paying and viewing your bills online - no need to write checks, buy envelopes or order paper bank statements when you want to check your bank balance. Check your bank’s website if you are still receiving paper statements and check your credit card company. Most likely there will be an option to switch to an electronic bill. Some banks credit your account with a little bonus for doing so too.

In most cases you can get an electronic ticket when going to movies, booking a hotel or buying an airplane ticket. Simply show the ticket on the screen of your phone and you are good to go.

Install a system in your home that lets you control your home appliances via the internet. With the help of certain apps you can control the temperature of your air conditioner in the summer and your heating system in winter so you won’t have to keep your heat or AC on all the time. Turn them off when leaving your home and turn them on remotely, so that your home is warm (or cool) when you arrive.

Install an app on your phone that tracks the fuel economy of your car. By doing so you will be able to see how your driving habits influence your car’s fuel economy and you’ll be able to monitor you car’s health at the same time.