The growing power demand for the servers and computers that comprise the internet is straining the budget of web companies. With more than 1.5 billion people online around the world, scientists estimate that the energy footprint of the net is growing by more than 10% each year. The sites most at fault are large video-hosting sites like YouTube, which require a great deal of server power to manage their data.
One study done by the EPA suggested that US data centers used 61 billion kilowatt hours of energy in 2006. That is equal to 1.5% of the entire electricity usage of the US.
Definitely. Large computer servers, like Google’s, who serve up web pages to users, require huge computer centers that eat up tons of energy. The Munich University computer center, for instance, has a monthly electric bill that totals $185,000.
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