'Blackle' Saves Electricity on Internet Searches
In January, a blogger named Mark Ontkush wrote in his blog EcoIron that an all-black Google home page would save 750 megawatt-hours of electricity a year. What does that mean? We looked it up.
Turns out 750 megawatt-hours can power for an entire year:
-- 77 North American homes
-- 150 European homes
-- 268 African homes
-- 536 Asian or South American homes
-- 3,750 homes in Afghanistan
-- 6,000 televisions
-- 800 microwaves
Ontkush pointed out that an all-white Web page requires about 74 watts to display, where a black page requires only 59 watts.
In response, an Australian company called Heap Media created a Google-powered site called blackle.com. The site keeps a running total of the number of watts saved to date. At press time, that number was nearly 135 million watt-hours.
There's something oddly attractive about the Blackle homepage. We find it calming - both in look and the fact that we're saving energy.
Click here to find out more, including instructions on how to make Blackle your home page.