Google Is Wasting Your Electricity

I just found this site: Earthle

What is Earthle?

Earthle was created with the idea in mind to save your energy and reduce your electricity bill.

According to the creator, all white web page uses about 74 watts to display, while an all black page uses only 59 watts.

Extract from Earthle:

Take at look at Google, who gets about 200 million queries a day. Let’s assume each query is displayed for about 10 seconds; that means Google is running for about 550,000 hours every day on some desktop. Assuming that users run Google in full screen mode, the shift to a black background will save a total of 15 (74-59) watts. That turns into a global savings of 8.3 Megawatt-hours per day, or about 3000 Megawatt-hours a year. Now take into account that about 25 percent of the are CRTs, and at 10 cents a kilowatt-hour, that’s $75,000, a goodly amount of energy and dollars for changing a few color codes.

You may say, Google is my preferred search engine.

Don’t worry, when you search using Earthle, the results are powered by Google so the search results provided by Earthle are the same as what you would get using Google.

Really interesting concept, I must say.

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4 comments on “Google Is Wasting Your Electricity
  1. DK says:

    If you notice, while waiting for the page to load, your web-browser also display a white page. Isn’t that consuming more energy than google?

  2. hanneng says:

    according to the research, white page consumes more watts than black page. so change the brower start page to a “black” page?

  3. radioactive says:

    So what about other colors? Will they have the same effect too? XD
    Anyway, I am still used to the white page. 😀

  4. says:

    Nah. NO need to read too much into it.
    A black background is very hard to read.
    We need to know what should be done, and what should NOT be done, in the name of saving.

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