3 Greener Ways to Educate Yourself in 2024

published Jun 05, 2024
1 min read

Climate change is at the forefront of most people’s minds this year, and reducing our daily impact on the planet is becoming a daily goal, whether you’re skipping the car in favour of walking to work, eating less meat, or reducing your airmiles, we’re all trying to play our part.

If you’re currently in education, or thinking about studying, there are changes you can make to reduce your carbon footprint that won’t affect the success of your academic efforts.

Here are three of our top tips to be greener in 2024.

1.      Study Online

Travelling to study can incur a large amount of gas emissions, particularly if you’re driving or taking public transport.

By studying online, you can significantly reduce your emissions whilst still getting a high quality education. If you’re studying to gain a place at university, exemplary tutor services like U2 Tuition offer online tuition from Oxford and Cambridge graduates that will give you unparalleled quality.

Not only can you save money whilst learning, but you can save the planet at the same time!

2.      Be Conservative with Electricity

Whilst it’s tempting to leave your laptop charging when you use it, unplugging once you have a full battery can reduce unnecessary energy consumption as well as maintaining your battery health.

Additionally, switching off the lights in your home as much as possible can help you save on your utility bills, but will also reduce the amount of electricity you use on a daily basis.

If you want to keep track of your electricity consumption more closely, smart meters can enable you to do this by tracking your usage by total spend and helping you stay safely within budget. This will help to prevent any unnecessary usage.

For information about smart meters, Ofgem offers unbiased regulated advice that you can read before committing to an installation.

3.      Think Before You Print

Printing is quickly becoming a thing of the past, and with digital signing now rapidly becoming more common, it’s no longer important to print documents and sign them before sending them off in the post. If you can email a document rather than printing it, or store a file digitally, this will save paper, electricity and ink in one fell swoop!

Using file storage services like Dropbox can help you keep all your files securely in one place without needing to print and file them physically. As a bonus, this also negates the need for huge bulky filing cabinets or folders.

Dropbox allows you to secure a large number of files and organise them in a way that is customised to your needs, which will allow for fast access as well as a greener storage solution!

Do you have any tips for studying for your education in a greener way? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!