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18 February 2007

Save Energy with Black Google

Technically speaking, Kevin Thompson claims an all white web page uses about 74 watts to display, while an all black page uses only 59 watts on CRT monitors. The difference being 15 watts. Mark Ontkush does the math and calculates how much energy could be saved by switching Google's background to black. I use an LCD display but after looking at solid white pages for a long time, it is like you are staring into a light bulb. Google makes me dizzy!

Would changing Google to black really help save the environment? I'm not an expert to tell how accurate these figures are or whether it makes a difference at all (somebody please call the Mythbusters)! Still, it sounds like a good idea. At the very least, how we can conserve energy by doing little things is thought-provoking.

To change the background color of Google and Youtube, you need to download the Stylish add-on for Mozilla Firefox (don't tell me you are reading this blog with some other browser) and install your favorite userstyles to customize. That's it!

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