How to be green – Green It Yourself

20130612-090131.jpg One of the great things about our technology revolution is the increased connection and sharing of ideas, particularly the sharing of ideas about how to be green. In this post I will cover three examples of online movements about how to be green from improving what you already have, to repurposing what you are about to throw away to fixing the things that are broken.

1. Green It Yourself (GIY)

The Green It Yourself movement has been going for a while and is piggy backing off the global Do-It-Yourself movement that has created brands in its own right such as Bunnings, Masters and Mitre 10 in Australia.

The most popular one in Australia (by google standards) is http://www.greenityourself.com.au setup by Lish Fejer of ABC Carbon Cop fame. The site is described as “a free video-based resource that gives step-by-step instructions on how to make smart, savvy and money-saving changes to your home to make it an energy-efficient machine. If you’re not the handiest tool in the shed, GIY is for you.”

She covers all sorts of things like energy conservation, draught proofing, sun control, lighting etc etc. It is mainly targeted at how to be green in your home and how to make a green home.

There are many, many more GIY sites around the world with many different ideas on what you can do to be green.

The GIY movement focus is on upgrading or improving what we have already – ‘how to make your dishwasher run more efficiently’, ‘how to reduce energy in your house’ etc

2. Life Hackers

If you google life hackers you will get all sorts of things pop up from the benign to the green, I have posted about life hackers recently here.

The best thing to do is to target search for life hackers such as ‘life hacker cleaner bottle’, so when you have something that you are about to throw away life hack the name of the object and see what comes up. If nothing come up try something yourself and stick it on lifehacker.

Life hackers focus is on ways to repurpose or reuse everyday items that we would otherwise throw away.

3. iFixIt

I love iFixIt, its been around for a few years and has gone from strength to strength. It is now also used as an industry voice to test the fixability of new gadgets as they come into the market – for example it was used to compare the fixability of the samsung galaxy s3 to the iphone 5.

You can search for a product, get videos on how to repair and they now even do spare parts for most of the popular gadgetry around at the moment. Just go and have a look, its great for awesome nerds.

iFixit focuses on ways to fix products yourself rather than throwing them away. How many times have you heard ‘it will cost you more to fix it than it would to buy a new one’, so most of the time you throw it away. But next time before you do go to iFixit and have a go yourself.

So there you have it three ways that technology is being used through the internet of things to help you be green – go on just green it!

Food for thought – most of the movements focus on how to be green as individual at home, I think we are missing a movement that talks about how to be green at work. More and more corporations are doing things to reduce their corporate impact but as individuals we have a huge opportunity to engage with that process and in doing so impact not just our own lives but also those of our less green colleagues.

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