Can we make computing greener? (Infographic)

12 Mar 2013185 Views

Workers can not only make computing greener, but they can do so quite easily by modifying how they use the hardware at the office, a new infographic reveals with some surprising figures.

The infographic by ICP Networks that’s published on even mentions internet search giant Google could save 750 Megawatt hours a year if it changed its background from white to black. (By the way, Google Custom Search-powered Blackle seeks to save energy by displaying a black background and using a grey font colour for search results).

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By changing our own computer-use habits, such as activating sleep mode on a regular basis, we would be contributing to the equivalent of blocking the yearly emissions of 150 cars or planting 367 acres of trees, according to the infographic.

Green computing image via Shutterstock


Tina Costanza has held senior editorial positions at daily newspapers in Ottawa and Toronto