Yes, Google has made their search engines more eco-friendly in a variety of ways. For instance, each search only uses .2 grams (or .007 ounces) of carbon dioxide. To put this into perspective, it would take 10,000 Google searches to use up the amount of carbon dioxide normally used for a five-mile trip in an average American car! Their data centers also use half the electricity of a normal data center.
Blackle.com is an interesting alternative to Google search that attempts to be more energy efficient by displaying a black screen instead of the typical white screen on the Google homepage. As the website explains, it was created to “remind us all of the need to take small steps in our everyday lives to save energy.” It is powered by Google Custom Search. Apparently the white display on a typical Google page takes up more energy than a black one, although the savings are very small.
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