(PRWEB) August 07, 2013
Calls made using Internet calling, also called Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), save a lot more than just money on the phone bill. Cutting phone bills in half may be nice, but calls through VoIP actually help prevent trees from getting cut down too. The two don’t seem very related, but the ancillary benefits of VoIP phone calls make them excellent for both conversation and conservation.
To help raise awareness on exactly how and why Internet phone calls are good for the globe, MyVoIPProvider.com reveals the top 5 ways that VoIP technologies, available for both homes and businesses, help out in the fight to save the environment.
1. Less Infrastructure
Internet phone calls share infrastructure with the Internet, meaning that there is no reason for the wasteful telephone poles and other infrastructure associated with traditional landlines. Not only are they an ugly blight on the landscape, but most of them are still made out of trees.
If more people used VoIP calls, there would be no reason to continue building new phone lines and killing more trees. Eventually, if VoIP entirely replaces landline calling, there won’t even be a reason to maintain the wasteful system.
2. Lower Power Drain
Businesses that use a traditional Private Branch Exchange (PBX) to organize their phone network need to dedicate a large computer server to process incoming and outgoing phone calls at every single business location. For those that don’t know, a PBX is essentially the automated attendant that talks to customers and directs them to the proper extension.
VoIP systems offer hosted PBX services, where the VoIP provider owns and operates one big PBX that all their clients can connect to via Internet. Even businesses with multiple locations can share a phone system in this way, meaning lower overall power consumption. Less electricity means power plants don’t have to work as hard, or create as many pollutants.
3. IP Video Calling
Most VoIP providers include IP video calling as a feature, which lets almost any device with Internet access and a camera connect callers face-to-face. This feature is advantageous for both homes and businesses, because it lets people see and talk to each other without having to create vehicle emissions traveling. Whether closing a deal with an international business partner or showing off a newborn baby to the grandparents, video conferencing keeps people connected while lowering their carbon footprint.
4. Saves Paper
Each year, two million trees are cut down just to make the paper that fax machines use up annually. To help prevent this, VoIP providers also usually offer some form of IP faxing. This process converts faxed documents into a computer-friendly format like an email, so that it can be viewed on-screen instead of printed out. Not only does this save paper, but it reduces ink and electrical consumption as well.
5. Reuse Hardware
Special IP phones may be configured to work with VoIP calling, but there is no reason to throw out a traditional analog phone after switching to VoIP. Many VoIP providers offer free analog-to-digital adapters that allow old phones to connect to the Internet, and even if they don’t it is usually cheaper to just buy an adapter than it is to buy another phone. In fact, VoIP users rarely need to get any other equipment at all, since an existing Internet router usually works just fine, so less hardware enters the landfill in the first place.
When people switch to VoIP, they are taking a step to cut down environmental consumption whether they know it or not. VoIP calls use fewer resources and waste less energy than traditional phone calls do, making them perfect for going green.
Choosing between saving money or saving the environment is no longer an issue when you can choose to do both with VoIP.