AltUse Find - Energy Saving: 13 Tips to Turn Your Cell Phone Green


Simple Earth Day tricks to help the planet every time you place a call By , About.com Guide Read More

The global effort to be green has culminated over decades from one person taking one step at a time. Together, millions of small steps from millions of people have added up to huge leaps the planet feels positively every day through energy saving and other positive changes. 

Here are 13 simple tips to easily turn your cell phone green.

1. Unplug Your Phone Charger When Unused

Did you know your phone’s charger still draws energy even when it’s not plugged into your phone? Unplug it when it’s not in use.

2. Minimize Your Phone’s Backlight

If your phone’s backlight is illuminated for longer than you need, you’re wasting energy. Reduce it so you’re only using what’s necessary. Your phone’s battery will thank you.

3. Power Off Your Phone Entirely

If you’re in a movie, an airplane or somewhere else you know you can’t be reached, why not power off your phone? Just keeping it on vibrate uses its battery when you don’t need it. Your voicemails and texts will come later.

4. Use GPS Instead of Driving

If your cell phone has the capability, use GPS navigation from your phone for directions to save driving time and gas.

5. Only Replace Your Phone When Necessary

Don’t buy a new phone until you need it. Recycle your old phone when you do.

6. Use Your Phone’s Alarm Clock

Chances are your phone has an alarm clock. Unplug and retire your traditional alarm clock at home and use your cell phone for this function instead.

7. Use Your Phone’s Backlight at Night

By your bed at night, use your phone’s backlight as your flashlight instead of a traditional night-light.

8. Only Charge Your Phone When Necessary

Many people are accustomed to charging their cell phones every night whether or not the battery has been depleted. To be less wasteful, don’t charge your phone until the battery really needs it.

9. Read News on Your Phone

If your phone can, save paper by reading your news and magazine content from your cell phone.

10. Save Paper With Your Phone

Your phone can be used as a digital notepad of sorts. Instead of using paper, make cell phone lists by texting or emailing yourself. 

11. Charge Your Phone With Alternative Methods

To charge your phone without using an electrical outlet, did you know you can buy a solar-powered charger for your phone instead? Here’s one that’s reviewed well by CNET.

12. Request Alternative Energy at Home

If you don’t want a solar cell phone charger, you can call your electricity provider and request to use energy at home from alternative methods such as solar or wind power.

13. Consider Carbon Offsetting

If you don’t want to do that, you can offset your cell phone’s energy usage with carbon offsetting. This means you’re using electricity in its typical way and then you’re paying another company to use sustainable resources, plant trees, etc. even when you can’t directly. GreenEnergyChoice.com is one example.