Save energy with your tech

Save energy with your tech

To celebrate Earth Day this year, we’re sharing a few energy saving tips to use with your electronics. Because at Swappa, we believe buying used tech is a great way to extend the life of devices, which ultimately helps protect the planet.

In 2018, thousands of devices found new homes through the Swappa marketplace, with seller proceeds exceeding $90M. Instead of ending up in the landfill, the life of these devices lives on, with new owners who were also able to save money by buying gently used tech. Last year we also added a new category to Swappa: home tech. With devices like smart thermostats, Swappa users are able to monitor and save energy, at a better price.

Buying and selling used tech isn’t only a way to save money, but it’s a way to help protect the environment. Here are a few tips for saving energy with your tech.

Buy used

When it comes to tech, buying used is one of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint. According to Apple, more than 80% of carbon emissions of an electronic occur during the manufacturing process. So when you buy used, you are helping reduce carbon emissions, while extending the life of that product and preventing toxic waste from ending up in the landfill. Plus, did we mention you can save a lot of money when you buy used?


When you’re browsing for your next laptop, tablet or home tech device, make sure it’s ENERGY STAR certified. This little blue label means the model is more efficient than similar models – and can help you save energy on your utility bill.  Many products have the certification, including most Apple products. To find out if a product is ENERGY STAR certified, search for the model on The ENERGY STAR label has helped people saved a lot of money on their energy bill. In fact, “ Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped save American families and businesses nearly 4 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity and achieve over 3 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions, equivalent to taking over 600 million cars off the road for a year.”

Activate power saving mode for gaming consoles

When you’re not using your gaming console, make sure it’s in a mode that uses less energy. For all Xbox One players, this can make a big impact. According to the EPA, “by configuring the “Energy-saving” Power Mode, you can disable such features and drop the Xbox One’s standby power use by 98 percent!”
If you’re a PS4 user, make sure you have the latest software updates installed so that your device will enter “Rest” mode after one hour of inactivity, to help you save energy.

Upgrade to a smart thermostat

Smart thermostats are one of the best ways you can save energy at home. When properly programmed, thermostats like Nest can save up to 20% on heating and cooling bills. That’s a lot of energy savings! And in places with extreme temperatures, you can save even more energy when you install a smart thermostat. The device learns your habits so it will efficiently heat and cool your house without you having to think about changing the settings. If you’re between the Nest and Ecobee, let us help you decide.

Put these tips to use with Swappa’s selection of gently used products. You’ll feel good about the money you saved, and because you’re helping protect the planet.