So...I am not the most "green" person in the world...I recycle my newspapers, I try to remember to take my reusable bags to the store, I attempt to use a water bottle every chance I get instead of buying bottled water, I've changed all of my light bulbs to the cool swirly kind, etc...but what I'm about to tell you is the easiest thing I've done and honestly it took like 2 seconds...

I found out about this from someone at work yesterday so I had to check it out...

I changed my homepage to

This is info directly from their site:

How is Blackle saving energy?

Blackle was created by Heap Media to remind us all of the need to take small steps in our everyday lives to save energy. Blackle searches are powered by Google Custom Search.

Blackle saves energy because the screen is predominantly black. "Image displayed is primarily a function of the user's color settings and desktop graphics, as well as the color and size of open application windows; a given monitor requires more power to display a white (or light) screen than a black (or dark) screen."Roberson et al, 2002

In January 2007 a blog post titled Black Google Would Save 750 Megawatt-hours a Year proposed the theory that a black version of the Google search engine would save a fair bit of energy due to the popularity of the search engine. Since then there has been skepticism about the significance of the energy savings that can be achieved and the cost in terms of readability of black web pages.

We believe that there is value in the concept because even if the energy savings are small, they all add up. Secondly we feel that seeing Blackle every time we load our web browser reminds us that we need to keep taking small steps to save energy.

They also have this link to other energy saving tips.

So, I encourage you to check it out and change your home page to and to help spread the word...

5 remarks:

That is really interestingly cool. Who knew something so simple would save so much energy.

March 21, 2009 at 10:01 PM  

Woo!! I might have to check out that little deal! For sure....I am totally not the Greenist either!

March 21, 2009 at 10:57 PM  

We are totally trying in everyway to be more green...but...sometimes we miss the mark. I will have to check out that site. Thanks for all the links. Obviously, you did it without any problems. Was it easy?

March 22, 2009 at 1:57 AM  

I need to get greener...I so want to buy those reusable bags...just haven't done it yet! I don't know what I would do without Walmart bags though! I use them for everything!

My blog is already black so that has to count for something!

March 22, 2009 at 8:15 AM  

I'd never heard of this before you. :-) Nifty idea.

March 23, 2009 at 7:43 AM  

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