My daughter forwarded this email to me, and I think more people should know about it. It referred to an article by Mark Ontkush. If you want to find the original article, you can always type or copy-paste "Mark Ontkush" and see if you can find the article. No link was given in the forward, but this is what the message says:
When your screen is white - an empty word page, or the Google page, your computer consumes 74 watts, and when it is black it consumes only 59 watts. Mark Ontkush wrote an article about the energy saving that would be achieved if Google had a black screen, taking in account the huge number of page views, according to his calculations, 750 mega watts/hour per year would be saved. In a response to this article Google created a black version of its search engine, called Blackle, with the exact same functions as the white version, but with a lower energy consumption, check it out: Blackle. Use this site as your search engine and do your bit for the planet.
I just paid that new (to me) search engine a visit and I saw "109,496.714 Watt hours saved" below the search box. I don't know if that is displayed real time or updated. I will visit the new search engine again and check.
OK, noticed a link About Blackle at the bottom which tells what Blacle is all about and found the article that gave Google? the inspiration to set up the new search engine (I put a ? because other than other than that Google trademarked icon, , I couldn't' see any connection to Google because the word "google" is not in the URL. I will try to contact Google and see if I can get confirmation that Blackle is really the new official environmentally friendly Google search engine.
The article referred to above is Black Google Would Save 750 Megawatt-hours a Year
Update 24 July 2007: It's not a Google product, (note the copyright to Heap Media). Someone suggested that it is a Google Custom Search Engine. There are a lot of comments in the post that inspired Blackle. If I have time, I will highlight the pertinent ones. In the meantime, if you want to find out more about the impact of Blackle to the environment, do surf over to that article and read the comments. There is a long list of them.
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