Friday, July 13, 2007

Black Google Would Save 750 Megawatt-hours a Year

Blackle is nothing but a black version of google.

"A few months ago, TreeHugger Mark Ontkush wrote a post on his blog EcoIron titled Black Google Would Save 750 Megawatt-hours a Year. The post lays out the following train of thought. "An all white web page uses about 74 watts to display, while an all black page uses only 59 watts." Google, which has a white background and gets about "200 million queries a day" could reduce global energy use by 750 Megawatt-hours a year by simply changing the color of its homepage to black.

In response to this post a black version of Google emerged called Blackle.com. According to Blackle's homepage at publication time, 4,408.917 Watt hours have been saved by. Nice ideas. But how does the search measure up? Very well indeed. Give it a whirl yourself and start saving energy one search at a time. :: Blackle.com

I recommend you all to use this as your home page or default search engine. Kindly pass this on to people you know and spread the word.

So here's your site: http://www.blackle.com/


Ryan VanZan said...

This is a great idea. It's pretty amazing how big of an influence one company can have by making such a small change.

Sanjay John G. said...

You might want to note that blackle is just the homepage of www.searchincolor.com, which has offered web search in different colors since a much longer time. In general, all dark backgrounds on light text are energy saving-less illumination of the CRT-less pixel activation.

My favorite on searchincolor.com is the white background with green links-although not energy saving-it is really better for the eyes.


Krista said...

I agree that this is a really great idea. I believe that we should help the environment any way we can. I actually found an even better search engine that works on the same principle. Its called Greenback Search (http://www.greenbacksearch.com/). They are also powered by Google so search results are the same but as an added way to help the environment they purchase carbon offsets on behalf of users when searches earn revenue. I think that this would be a better option than Blackle. Greenback search has other cool features on their site as well.

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