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Google versus Blackle

Blackle is a search engine that markets itself as being better for the environment by showing up on a black screen versus google, which uses a white background. It is based on the principle that  black background will use less energy than a white one. Nice in theory, but is this really the case?

Experts have tested the energy used on LCD and CRT monitors and found that the claims of blackle were much exaggerated. Furthermore, the LCD monitors in some cases showed increased energy use! Most computers these days are manufactured with LCD monitors, and the energy consumption difference on these screens between using blackle and google are no different.

 The point of this is to say that you need to do your research before jumping on the go-green bandwagon. Whilst it’s great to make an effort, don’t fuel the bizarre and money-hungry marketing campaigns by not looking into them. What will save a lot more energy is simply changing your light bulb where you do have your computer. Put an energy-saving lightbulb in your lamp/light, and you are certain you are making a difference.

2 Responses

  1. I prefer using Darkoogle another black Google and is available in over 40 countries

    Best of all its got the ’similar page’ option in the result page like the normal white Google. I use that a lot.

    Somehow the results are more relevant than Blackle.

  2. Jason

    I prefer over Blackle. They donate 50% of revenue to a green cause and it is hosted on a server that is powered by wind and sun energy. They also have an image search. Black search engines do not save energy as they claim and also my eyes twitch after seeing that black background.

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