Where would we be without search engines? We all use Google so much the brand name has become a word listed in the Macquarie Dictionary [verb (googled, googling) 1. to search for information on the internet, in particular using the Google search engine.]
Did you know that there’s a greener way to surf the net? And you can do it without spending a cent or leaving your comfy ergonomic computer chair.
The Squeeze: There are over 1 billion search queries each day on Google alone.
Try one of these environmentally conscious search engines next time you jump on the web:
- Blackle is a Google-powered search engine with an entirely black background. It requires less energy to view dark colours compared to light so this site has saved over 3 million watt hours.
- Ecosia donates 80% of its profits to the WWF for their conservation program in the Amazon rainforest. It also offsets all searches with carbon credits and uses green energy for servers.
- Envirosearch delivers search results by Bing and uses revenue to plant trees in the United States, Haiti and India.
Living Lime: Even Google is doing its part in becoming more sustainable. The global giant is investing in renewable energy and offsets its carbon emissions so that it is completely carbon neutral. Find out more info here.
To squeeze even more green out of your day: turn down the brightness on your computer monitor to save energy.
By Sarah Lansdown