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Black Google Would Save 3,000 Megawatts a Year

Support Freedom! [PersonRank 10]

Sunday, January 21, 2007
15 years ago3,140 views

"As noted, an all white web page uses about 74 watts to display, while an all black page uses only 59 watts. I thought I would do a little math and see what could be saved by moving a high volume site to the black format."

Of course, some might say Google is already a "black hat" for their unpardonable censorship of freedom of speech in China, therefore a black screen would be morally as well as environmentally appropriate!

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

3000 Megawatts / year >> nothing... I think it's an other pointless idea.

Haochi [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #
I don't want the result pages look like this... (Not even if Google improves it)

DPic [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

It would scare people off to using sites that aren't as energy conscious as Google.

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

Watts is a unit of power. An amount of energy in a an amount of time. (A watt is 1 joule per second). Megawatts is also a unit of power, it is just a million watts. What on earth megawatts per year is I don't know. An amount of energy in an amount of time and an amount of time.

Do you mean megajoules per year?

[Edited to extend and clarify – Sam]

Surly Teabag [PersonRank 2]

15 years ago #

The premise of the argument is wrong. New computers which use liquid crystal displays have a backlight that is on all the time. The color of a web page doesn't change the amount of power used by the computer.

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