If you're searching the Web - and searching for easy ways
to save energy - try using Blackle - a new search engine
powered by Google that turns your web browser window mostly
black during searches.
Using Blackle saves about 15 watts of power per display,
which really adds up.
Blackle was created by Heap
Media to remind us all of the need to take small steps
in our everyday lives to save energy. Blackle searches are
powered by Google Custom Search.
Blackle saves energy because the screen is predominantly
black. "Image displayed is primarily a function of the user's
colour settings and desktop graphics, as well as the colour
and size of open application windows. A given monitor requires
more power to display a white (or light) screen than a black
(or dark) screen" (Roberson
et al, 2002).
In January 2007, a blog post titled Black
Google Would Save 750 Megawatt-hours a Year proposed
the theory that a black version of the Google search engine
would save a fair bit of energy due to the popularity of the
search engine. Since then, there has been skepticism about
the significance of the energy savings that can be achieved
and the cost in terms of readability of black web pages.
However, not only does using a dark computer screen save
energy - it will also remind you of the importance of fighting
climate change in other ways throughout your day.
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