Around 80 percent of a computer’s lifetime emissions occur during the energy-intensive manufacturing phase, where factories often are powered by fossil fuels. Therefore, keeping your computer longer is the most efficient way of reducing its climate impact. Some data and facts: by doubling the use time from three years to six, the annual greenhouse gas footprint is almost halved. Even holding onto your device for just one more year will make a big difference — keeping it for four years instead of three reduces its annual footprint by an impressive 23,5 percent.
So, how can you make sure your device lasts longer? The first step is to buy the right product. Choose one with more performance than you need today. This way, it will be good enough also for future needs. It should be durable, and possible to repair and upgrade. Look for a product that can be disassembled, and where spare parts are available.
Many computers are thrown out just because the battery has lost its capacity. Make sure you choose a product with a good quality, replaceable battery, and keep it 20 to 80 percent charged to keep it functional longer. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for software updates and maintenance to ensure its longevity. Using cloud-based software can also help extend its lifespan as it requires less performance than traditional software.
If you no longer need your computer, consider reselling or donating it to give it a second life. This way, it can serve another user for a few more years.