Wow. Today is an anti-Google day. I like google, but hear this (from Gimundo:
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.