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post Aug 18 2007, 09:02 AM
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Is Google your homepage? Or do you use Google for web searches? Well then this might interest you!



BLACKLE


Blackle.com the energy saving web search.


A bit about Blackle...

How is Blackle saving energy?

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 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

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.

We believe that there is value in the concept because even if the energy savings are small, they all add up. Secondly we feel that seeing Blackle every time we load our web browser reminds us that we need to keep taking small steps to save energy.

How can you help?

We encourage you 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.

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 a lot of great web sites about saving energy and being more environmentally friendly. They are full of great tips covering the little things that we can all do to make a difference today. Try Blackling "energy saving tips" or visit treehugger.com a great blog dedicated to environmental awareness.

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P.S No I Don't Work For Google! tongue.gif I just thought I would let people know.

- Hemlok

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post Aug 18 2007, 09:07 AM
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i made it my homepage already smile.gif
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post Aug 18 2007, 09:14 AM
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A bit optomistic.

The only way we are going to get out of this black hole of energy consumption is if we invest in renewable power. I'd say that reduction is effectively useless if on such a minor scale - comparitively, we need to invest our energy in things that can make a big difference, or its all to little to late.


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post Aug 18 2007, 09:31 AM
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its better than nothing Owen, if every Google user changed. Besides its easier on the eyes sometimes. I have GMC as my homepage anyway.


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post Aug 18 2007, 09:43 AM
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QUOTE (Hemlok @ Aug 17 2007, 08:31 PM) *
its better than nothing Owen, if every Google user changed. Besides its easier on the eyes sometimes. I have GMC as my homepage anyway.


But the problem is, 95% of google users will probably never hear of this, let alone decide to use it.


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QUOTE (JVM @ Aug 18 2007, 04:43 AM) *
But the problem is, 95% of google users will probably never hear of this, let alone decide to use it.


Its a little suspect anyway - LCD screens use just as much power if they are light or dark, since they light up behind the screen then slectively block it with the LCD elements, so that power drain is constant (although less than a CRT I guess).

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to tell you the truth I haven't even read the info I posted. I just prefer black over white.


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QUOTE (Hemlok @ Aug 18 2007, 05:02 AM) *
to tell you the truth I haven't even read the info I posted. I just prefer black over white.


That's the best reason yet smile.gif


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Gmc is my homepage biggrin.gif... maybe we need an energy saving gmc?ohmy.gif


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Though I doubt it will make a significant diffrence, I put it as my homepage cause it looks nice smile.gif


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