Now here is a smart and simple way to conserve energy that anyone and everyone should get behind.  From Gimundo via HuffingtonPost:

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. . .

According to the article, that’s enough to power 77 North American homes for an entire year. 

An Australian company ran with that idea and created Blackle, a Google-based webpage that is called Blackle, and from what I can tell it’s just a black Google page, with the same results as a Google search. 


If this catches on, Google may want to install a color-chooser on their own page.  For now, I’m going to add Blackle to the sidebar and try using it as my main search engine.  One small step towards our energy independence.


4 thoughts on “Blackle!

  1. One small step towards our energy independence.

    I’m confused. How would havingtwo sites instead of one, doing exactly the same thing, save any energy?

  2. This is just talking about the actual picture itself. The black screen takes less wattage to view than the white Google screen. I hadn’t honestly even considered that it would be two sites operating at once. Either way the Google engine has to fire up, and if Blackle is a simple redirect I wonder if it still saves any watts. Good question.

    Damn you. 🙂

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