Blackle

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Blackle
Blackle.jpg
Web address http://www.blackle.com/
Commercial? Yes
Type of site Search engine
Registration No
Available in English, Portuguese, French, Czech, Italian, Dutch
Owner Heap Media Australia
Created by Toby Heap[1]
Launched January 2007
Alexa rank negative increase 54,815 (April 2014)[2]
Current status Active

Blackle is a website powered by Google Custom Search and created by Heap Media, which aims to save energy by displaying a black background and using grayish-white font color for search results.[3] Blackle claims having saved over 4 MWh of electrical energy up to November 2013,[4] a claim currently under dispute.[5] For comparison, the average USA household consumes 11 MWh of electrical energy per year.[6]

Concept[edit]

The concept behind Blackle is that computer monitors can be made to use less energy by displaying much darker colors. Blackle is based on a study which tested a variety of CRT and LCD monitors. There is dispute over whether there really are any energy saving effects, especially for users of LCD screens, where there is a constant backlight.[7][8][9]

This concept was first brought to the attention of Heap Media by a blog post, which estimated that Google could save 750 megawatt hours a year by utilizing it for CRT screens.[1][10] The homepage of Blackle provides a count of the number of watt hours claimed to have been saved by enabling this concept.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Moses, Asher (2007-08-01). "Search site cashes in on eco-guilt". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  2. ^ "Blackle.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  3. ^ http://www.blackle.com/about/
  4. ^ http://www.blackle.com/
  5. ^ "Black vs white screen power consumption". Techlogg.com. May 13, 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-08. 
  6. ^ "Residential Average Monthly Bill by Census Division, and State". EIA. Retrieved April 27, 2012. 
  7. ^ Roberson, Bobby; Homan, Josh; Mahaja, Gage; Nordman, Larry; Webber, Carrie; Brown, Ricardo; McWhinney, Marla; Koomey, Cainan (June 2001). "Energy Use and Power Levels in New Monitors and Personal Computers" (PDF). 
  8. ^ Monitor Energy Information for Energy Star, United States Department of Energy
  9. ^ Weihl, Bill (August 9, 2007). "Is black the new green?". Official Google Blog. Google, Inc. Retrieved 2010-05-14. 
  10. ^ Black Google Would Save 750 Megawatt-hours a Year, by ecoIron. The blog post by that inspired Blackle.

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