While it’s true that certain internet-enabled activities – shopping online instead of driving to a store, reading documents online instead of printing them onto paper – can help the environment, there are certain environmentally harmful aspects to the internet as well. It’s estimated that the internet is responsible for 2% of global CO2 emissions. An online search alone generates between one and ten grams of CO2, so calculate the effect of 200M online searches each day! While the good undoubtedly outweighs the bad, keep in mind that using the internet is not completely environmentally friendly.
There are two considerations here. A faster internet connection means you will get things done more quickly, which may mean your computer will be on for less time, assuming you shut off your computer when you are not using it, and that your computer is not on for a set amount of time each day. The other consideration is that faster routers typically use slightly more energy than slower ones (though this difference is miniscule).
If you are shutting down your computer after using the internet, then a faster connection could very well be helping to save energy, which would make it greener.
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