Last week I stumbled upon a new Web Site, which was called “Blackle“.
Blackle looks dark, well as dark as it goes… it has a black background-color, and gray text.
Blackle users are able to perform an “ecological” Google Web Search. The idea is that computer monitors require less energy when they are displaying the black color. Therefore following the Blackle theory… the most popular search engine, Google (The White!), is not so friendly to the environment, because it has a plain white background-color.
Although I care about the environment, I wasn’t convinced enough to switch all my application themes to a darker color! So I pointed my Firefox browser to other locations, and thought that I’d never see Blackle again.
Guess I was wrong… as yesterday a blog post from the Official Google Blog was referring to Blackle and other energy saving ideas! There was even a link to the results of a lab test on the Blackle vs Google matter.
The results are showing that for the old-fashioned CRT monitors, displaying black indeed saves energy. However for LCD monitors, which are the present and the future in computers, displaying black colors is actually increasing the power consumption!
Therefore, until the next case study, “Google The White” seems to be winning this “battle”.
Here you can find five simple and effective ways to save energy with your computer.