Life is full of decisions, especially when it comes to entertainment. Simply turning on the television to see what’s on is no longer an option for the truly wired technophile.
Choosing to stream a movie instead of watching it on a DVD is typically considered a matter of convenience but, according to TreeHugger, there’s a green component to this decision as well.
The site reported on the findings of researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and McCormick School of Engineering, who used life-cycle analysis tools to divine the total carbon footprint of both streaming and DVD viewing.
The data show similar averages for both, as long as you get your DVDs through the mail. Driving to a store brings your car’s CO2 emissions into play, which skews the results.
However, your results may vary. Do you drive an electric car that gets its power from a clean source? For that matter, where do your television and DVD player get their electricity from? Does the convenience of streaming encourage you to watch more videos, and use more power to do it?
It really isn’t easy being green. There’s a lot of math involved.