Temperature monitoring & our carbon footprint

Can temperature monitoring help reduce our carbon footprint? This is not often a question that is brought to light in the temperature monitoring industry. While temperature monitoring fulfills a vital role in various industries – fishing, pharmaceuticals, fruit, etc. – and it is a key element in protecting our health, the environmental impact is seldom looked at. The benefits of temperature monitoring are clear:

  • They ensure that medications are transported and stored at temperatures that preserve their effectiveness.
  • They prevent the growth of foreign, unwanted species like mould.
  • They protect fresh goods that might take longer to get to certain destinations like fruit and fish transportation.

As with most things, a product should solve a solution. But does this solution have a further catalytic impact on the world around us?

It’s getting hot in here

For this particular question we look a bit broader than the temperature monitoring that we specialise in. We’re looking at monitoring the temperature of water, housing, and data centres. What this tells you immediately is that temperature does affect the environment. Global warming is not a newly coined term. What this doesn’t tell you is how it works, how it should be monitored and how it can be managed.

For starters, the temperature of water affects almost every other factor that relates to healthy water. Your carbon footprint does not only relate to humans’ impact on the atmosphere but rather elements that are part of our survival, like water.

The roof over your head

Picture this: It’s a scorching hot day – the temperature is too high to even try and brave going outside. What do you do? Turn on the air conditioning, probably the fan too and binge watch the latest series on Netflix.

The thing is, using all that excess energy influences your carbon footprint and if it’s not monitored correctly you land up wasting the energy increasing your impact even more. For example, a lot of energy is lost by draughts through your house. This goes for both hot air and cold air. Rather try and regulate the temperature than go from one extreme to the next.

All that said, it’s hard to gauge the immediate impact that temperature has on your carbon footprint. It’s also hard to gauge how helpful temperature monitoring is in helping to manage that. Regardless, it’s worth bearing it in mind across the various industries within which temperature monitoring is used.