Blackle was created by Heap Media to remind us all of the need to take small steps in our everyday lives to save energy. Blackle searches are powered by Google Custom Search.
Blackle saves energy because the screen is predominantly black. "Image displayed is primarily a function of the user's color settings and desktop graphics, as well as the color and size of open application windows; a given monitor requires more power to display a white (or light) screen than a black (or dark) screen." Roberson et al, 2002
In January 2007 a blog post titled Black Google Would Save 750 Megawatt-hours a Year proposed the theory that a black version of the Google search engine would save a fair bit of energy due to the popularity of the search engine.
We believe that there is value in the concept because even if the energy savings are small, they all add up. Secondly we feel that seeing Blackle every time we load our web browser reminds us that we need to keep taking small steps to save energy.
Blackle is always looking for new ways to encourage everyone to take steps in their everyday lives to be more environmentally conscious. To further this goal we have recently launched Blackle Mag a new website covering eco conscious design and culture.
We encourage you to set Blackle as your home page. This way every time you load your Web browser you will save a little bit of energy. Remember every bit counts! You will also be reminded about the need to save energy each time you see the Blackle page load.
Sign up for the free weekly Blackle Mag email so we can send you tips, new green products and services and the latest eco news from around the world.
Help us spread the word about Blackle by telling your friends and family to set it as their home page or put the following text in your email signature: "Blackle.com - Saving energy one search at a time".
Have a look at our energy saving tips page for ideas on steps you can take to save energy or you can follow Blackle on Twitter and we will keep you updated with simple eco tips.
Give us a mention on social media or on your blog (if you have one) and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.
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