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How Smart Meters and Computers are Saving the Environment


Introduction

Changes in the attitudes and behaviours amongst people have gone a long way towards reducing environmental impact and lessening, or at least slowing down, damage to the environment as well as the health and safety of all living creatures living on the land and in the oceans. Not only have human attitudes changed, but the introduction and advancement in technology has also contributed significantly, with smart meters and computers contributing to the preservation of the planet.

There is no doubt that attitudes towards the environment have come on leaps and bounds within the last couple of decades, with the surge in recycling initiatives and the introduction of health and safety courses like the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate highlighting the increasing desire to lessen the impact upon planet earth. Even if people are simply complying with an environmental initiative because it is mandatory due to legislation, it still means that they are contributing to the welfare of the earth and lessening the damage which they inflict upon it.



How are Smart Meters and Computers Helping?


Computers

Advances in technology and computing power mean that computers are now frequently monitoring all kinds of conditions. Networks of sensors allow computers to monitor all sorts of variables. If anything is out of the ordinary and outside of acceptable minimum or maximum levels, then the computer can either alert a person to the situation or take action itself such as opening/closing valves or shutting down the entire process until circumstances are rectified.

Computers can also perform functions such as switching off lights when a person leaves a room, or monitoring the air temperature and adjusting levels of heating or air conditioning accordingly to maintain a pre-determined temperature rather than letting the room get too hot or cold which would then need to be heated or cooled to bring it back to acceptable and comfortable levels.


Smart Meters

Smart meters not only allow individuals and businesses to see how much electricity or gas they are using, thus enabling them to reduce consumption in order to try and save money, but also many allow people to control heating whilst they are out via their mobile phone or computer. This means that people can switch on their heating just before they arrive home rather than having it on all day heating up an empty house.



The Partnership Between People and Technology When it Comes to the Environment

Whilst one or the other will benefit the environment, the combination of people's actions and attitudes with the monitoring and assistance provided by computers and technology results in a powerful force for lessening the negative impact and damage to the environment that everyday life creates.

When many people think of technology and the environment they think of technological advances and development which substitute one process or material for another, such as a change from petrol cars to cleaner, more environmentally-friendly alternatives. It is easy to forget that technology can also be utilised to monitor situations and take automated actions which can have just as much of a benefit for the environment overall as replacing an entire process, input substance or method of doing something.




Related Course

Please see below for more information on the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate:

NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management

The NEBOSH Environmental Certificate, or NEBOSH National Certificate in Environmental Management to give it its full title, is an environmental health and safety course which is intended to be taken by managers, supervisors and any other employees who are responsible for managing environmental issues at their workplace.

The NEBOSH Environmental Certificate qualification focuses on UK law, so is really only suitable for those who are based and operate within the UK.

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