How is Blackle saving energy?
Created by Heap Media, Blackle, a search engine powered by Google Custom Search, is here “to remind us all of the need to take small steps in our everyday lives to save energy.”
So how does Blackle work in terms of saving any energy? Because the screen is predominantly black, Blackle works to save lots of energy. “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).
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According to Blackle’s about page: “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.” This has mostly led to a fair amount of skepticism about the significance of the energy savings attributable to a black screen, as well as the cost / loss of quality in terms of the overall readability of black web pages.
Blackle believes “there is value in the concept because even if the energy savings are small, they all add up. Secondly [they] feel that seeing Blackle every time we load our web browser reminds us that we need to keep taking small steps to save energy.”
Blackle Encourages Users to Save Energy and Help Spread the Word
Blackle encourages your participation and help, and asks web browsers “to set Blackle as your home page. This way every time you load your Internet browser you will save a little bit of energy. Remember every bit counts! You will also be reminded about the need to save energy each time you see the Blackle page load.” Not a bad idea at all — because who can’t benefit from a little bit of reminding? Especially daily?
Blackle also urges the following assistance: “Help us spread the word about Blackle by telling your friends and family to set it as their home page. If you have a blog then give us a mention. Or put the following text in your email signature: ‘Blackle.com – Saving energy one search at a time.'”
Have a look at our energy saving tips page for ideas on steps you can take to save energy.
There are tons of websites about saving energy and becoming environmentally friendly. They are full of great tips covering the little things that we can all do to make a difference today. Try Blackling (instead of Googling) “energy saving tips” or visit one of the many great blogs dedicated to environmental awareness.
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