Save Energy When Searching, Use Blackle
Blackle, powered by Google, is an independent group's (called Heap Media) attempt to make a custom Google search page that uses less energy than a traditional white-colored Google page does.
How does it work? Supposedly the black color produces less energy to process and display. From Blackle's website: "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."
The Google Blog suggests that this custom website may not actually reduce energy needed by your computer to display the image, but suggests other ways to consume less energy while at your computer:
- turn on the power management features. Virtually all computers today have the ability to switch into low-power modes automatically when they're idle; very few computers have this capability enabled! Here's how to do it on computers running Windows XP.
- turn off your monitor and computer when you're not using them
- turn down the brightness on your monitor
- make sure your next computer meets the efficiency standards of Climate Savers Computing (an efficient computer uses up to 50% less energy than a conventional one)
- to find the most efficient PCs available today, look for the words "EnergyStar 4.0 compliant."
Here is a link to the Blackle website that will open up in the Ani-Pock browser! Give it a try, you don't have to leave the site!
Update: See also some of the Blackle variations (other Google-powered sites with black backgrounds) on this blog. Even if you can't read German, most of the sites the blog links to are in Engilsh.