Monday, January 26, 2009

Day 279 of our Green Year: Saving Energy With The Monitor

Months ago, we mentioned that you can save energy on your monitor by having your home page as a dark page like Blackoogle. Well, today we are going to raise awareness of another great website that can save you energy with your computer usage. This website is uses type of template by using simple is better. However, instead of using a white background, they use black. As they say on the website:

"Take at look at Google, who gets about 200 million queries a day. Let's assume each query is displayed for about 10 seconds; that means Google is running for about 550,000 hours every day on some desktop. Assuming that users run Google in full screen mode, the shift to a black background will save a total of 15 (74-59) watts. That turns into a global savings of 8.3 Megawatt-hours per day, or about 3000 Megawatt-hours a year. Now take into account that about 25 percent of the are CRTs, and at 10 cents a kilowatt-hour, that's $75,000, a goodly amount of energy and dollars for changing a few color codes."

While on an LCD screen there is a small savings in energy, with a CRT larger monitor, there is a five to 20 percent savings of energy, which adds up to a lot of saved energy. It is not much, but it is at least a start.

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