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Going Black to Go Green November 1, 2007

Posted by smooregasbord in Eco/Green.

Interesting eco-tidbit that I learned yesterday: BLACKLE. Blackle is an internet search engine powered by Google. It has a black screen which is supposed to use less energy than the white background on google.com.

According to Wikipedia: The principle behind Blackle is based on the fact that the display of different colours consumes different amounts of energy on computer monitors. The creators of Blackle cite the US Department of Energy’s Energy Star information page which states that a monitor displaying white uses 74 watts, while a monitor displaying black uses 59 watts.

There’s still some controversy over actually how much energy is saved and by what type of monitor, but it’s yet another small step on how individuals can make a big impact on our planet.

In light of this little discovery, I am adding a “green” box to my sidebar to share ideas that I come across on how we all can make a difference in bettering our environment. I also decided to share a few environmental fun facts.

Did you know…
• Each ton of paper that is recycled can save 17 trees
• One tree can filter up to 60 pounds of pollutants from the air each year
• Americans throw away 25 trillion styrofoam cups every year
• Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour
• Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours — or the equivalent of a half a gallon of gasoline
• If every American recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, we would save about 25 million trees a year
• The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle can run a 100-watt light bulb for four hours
• A single quart of motor oil, if disposed of improperly, can contaminate up to 2 million gallons of fresh water
• Each individual in the United States produces an average of 4.3 lbs. of garbage every day



1. lisa - November 9, 2007

I love your blog, and I love your message, I’m all for it myself, it’s amazing how small changes, and in the whole scheme of things, just tiny sacrifices can make an impact. I’m always trying to spread the word to my family and friends, lots of times I just get blank stares…LOL. Sometimes it’s frustrating, but I guess you always have to keep a sense of humor about you right? Speaking of, did you watch 30 rock last night? So funny!

2. realworldmartha - November 13, 2007

I’m going to tag this post on my blog on Nov 15th America Recycles Day.
Debbie aka The Real World Martha

3. America Recycles Day - Nov 15th « Real World Martha’s Weblog - November 14, 2007
4. HeavyGod - November 27, 2007

Really good and really interesting post. I expect (and other readers maybe :)) new useful posts from you!
Good luck and successes in blogging!

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