Green (eco-friendly) hosting
The truth is, our insatiable desire for everything digital and our business requirements to be visible online does come at a cost. The millions of servers and data centres around the world all use energy which is fuelling our dependency on fossil fuels and increasing manufacturing in ways never seen before. In short, having a website and a Facebook page is contributing to global warming.
You cannot control much of where the energy used to produce your products and services come from – you can, however, choose renewable energy to power your website.
Why you should switch to website servers (and email) powered by renewable energy
By 2020, the website hosting industry will be producing more environmental pollution than the airline industry – let that one sink in. The biggest reason to go green!
- A webserver produces more C02 annually than a car – let that one sink in too…
- Combined, data centres use more energy than multiple nuclear plants – and that is just in the U.S.A.
- Most data centres are pulling energy directly from the electricity grid, which is mostly powered by fossil fuels.
- Using renewable energy to host your website will promote your brand reputation – projecting your green credentials will say a lot about your organisation.
- Ditch the sleeping pills – you’ll get a much better night’s rest knowing your website isn’t contributing to harming our planet!
The choice is yours
If you are about to commission a website or would consider moving your existing one, we hope that you go the green route and choose a provider who can supply renewable energy powered website (and email) servers. If you choose to work with us, we will, of course, take care of that for you as standard!
THE STATISTICS: "Nearly every action performed on the internet has the cost of a resultant carbon emission: making a Google search emits .2g of CO2, watching a YouTube video for only 10 minutes emits 1g of CO2, and simply owning a Gmail account for a year emits 1200g of CO2.
Unfortunately the inner-workings of all the data connections taking place each time we click are hidden from view and it’s difficult to truly comprehend the magnitude of scale when it comes to energy usage, technological production, electronic disposal and all that goes along with it. To quote Al Gore, “It really is an inconvenient truth.” Some scary reading below:
- TIME: Your Data Is Dirty: The Carbon Price of Cloud Computing
- The Guardian: How viral cat videos are warming the planet
- The environmental impacts of server hosts
- It isn’t just the servers one need to consider, it’s all the peripheral requirements of packaging, maintenance, and disposal etc. You can read on article on 8 Ways Data Center Environmental Impact Goes Beyond Emissions
- The Environmental Toll of a Netflix Binge