Sunday, February 3, 2008

Blackle--The "Energy-Saving Search Engine"


Did you know there is a "black" version of the Google search engine that saves energy? The "green" version of Google is called "Blackle" and can be found at www.blackle.com. It's the same Google custom search, but with a black instead of white background. The main screen shows how many Watt hours have been saved to date by using Blackle instead of Google.

According to the Blackle web site:

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

I guess we can all do our small part to conserve energy!

2 comments:

  1. I prefer using Darkoogle http://www.darkoogle.com another black Google and is available in over 40 countries http://www.darkoogle.com/international

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

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  2. There are around 17 different versions of “black google” online. The best one I’ve found is www.cleanblack.com. Cleanblack is the only version that allows you to change the text colors of the google search results. Try it yourself by going to www.cleanblack.com/theme/

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