Blackle: Google’s black, energy-saving avatar


Google” has once again won laurels for itself by introducing something that may shape up our ‘Energy saving programs’ for good. Energy conserving procedures are the need of the hour and if implemented resourcefully they can contribute a tremendous output to our global electronic industry.

The people at Google, no doubt, have a tremendous potential of boasting even those things that may seem unachievable till date! Google has just made public their new upgraded version that speaks of some electricity bill cutouts if you are still using the conventional ‘Cathode Ray Tubes’, CRT, as your monitors. This new improved version would save some $ 75,000 a year in your electricity bills and would also result in low infra-red emissions through your monitor.

Blackle, the new version by Google, may certainly find it’s use in a variety of sectors around the globe. It actually works on the principle of soft ambience and low wattage consumption relating to the web world. Researchers at Google gave us some idea about the same –

An all white webpage, such as Google, uses about 74 watts to display on a CRT screen (non flat/lcd), while an all black page uses only 59 watts. Assuming each query is displayed for 10 seconds that means Google is running for about 550,000 hours every day on some desktop.

If using a black background will save a total of 15 (74-59) watts, then that’s a global savings of 8.3 Megawatt-hours per day, or about 3000 Megawatt-hours a year. Now take into account that about 25 percent of the monitors in the world are CRTs and at 10 cents a kilowatt-hour that is $75,000.

Software analysts and critics from around the globe still believe that Blackle may not be completely a flawless webpage, they opine that the all-new LCD monitors speak high definition by consuming lesser energy, and at the same time shield you from the color code problem that one may encounter through Google’s ‘Blackle’.

According to me, the LCD monitor is undeniably a smarter choice while considering it’s ‘Energy saving capabilities’. But Google’s initiative is sure to spark a plethora of web pages that seek to travel the same route to go green.

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Via: Groovygreen

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