Millions upon millions of web searches happen around the world each and every day. Each one of these web search takes a little bit of energy to perform and to display on your screen. Here is a simple way to save energy and money one web search at a time. Let me introduce you to blackle.com!
I was introduced to this search engine by one of my students a couple of years ago. Blackle.com is a search engine that has a black screen background (take a look). According to their website, “”Blackle saves energy because the screen is predominantly black. “Image displayed is primarily a function of the user’s color settings and desktop graphics, as well as the color 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 . So there it is, a black screen requires less power to display than a white screen. What a simple, clever idea by Blackle. It is now the first place that I ask my students to start any web research.
Now don’t expect your electricity bills to plummet; I can’t imagine the energy savings at all dramatic. Nonetheless, it will save you some money. Further to that, I assume also that your monitor or screen will also last just a little bit longer. As such, why not at least try try Blackle? Their motto is “Saving Energy one Search at a Time”. I like that. It is all of the little things that we do that end up making a big difference.
Here is a link to blackle.com . Try it. Even if you only use it occasionally, you will be making just a small bit of difference (and saving money at the same time).
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