Today it’s Blog Action Day and the idea with this day this year is to have as many blogs as possible to write about climate change today (you can read more about this at XavierMedia.org). We at Xavier Media is of course joining in and we we write a little bit about wind powered hosting to reduce the impact on the climate.
Most people don’t realize that by surfing the web and using computers you consume a lot of electricity. As an example we found an article about how much energy needed to provide you search engine results:
While millions of people tap into Google without considering the environment, a typical search generates about 7g of CO2 Boiling a kettle generates about 15g.
This is a lot of CO², and it also give you an indication that a normal web hosting server where most people host their web sites, blogs and forums must also consume a lot of energy too. This is of course not the case if your web server is using renewable green energy like for example wind power.
A couple of years ago this wasn’t possible and even if you could find a web hosting company that offered servers using green electricity it would cost you a fortune to host your site. Luckily some web hosts have seen the increasing interest in renewable energy from their customers and started to offer this kind of services 😀 .
One example is for example Host Papa which have all their web servers powered by 100% renewable green energy sources 😀 . Their hosting plan is of course not more expensive then any of their competitors so there is no need to feel that you need to cut out of any features or pay more for your hosting then with “dirty” alternatives.
To make it easier for all of you to find hosting companies using green energy sources we’ve added a special category at 24/7 Webmaster.com where you can see reviews of hosts using just renewable green energy.