Google’s Black Earth Hour Homepage May Burn More Energy
Google has turned its simple white homepage black Saturday in support of Earth Hour – U.S. surfers only. Below the search box is the message, “We’ve turned the lights out. Now it’s your turn.”
It’s an interesting turn of affairs. Over the summer there was a lot of talk about how much energy Google’s predominantly white background uses compared to, say, a black background. The talk prompted the launch of Blackle which usedÂ Googleâ€™s custom search engine on black.
But now, on its Earth Hour explanation page, Google writes, “As to why we don’t do this permanently – it saves no energy; modern displays use the same amount of power regardless of what they display.” But the research they point to is the same one cited above that says on flat-panel monitors (already estimated to be 75 percentÂ of the market), displaying black may actually increase energy use.
Sydney kicked off Earth Hour with lights going out on the cityâ€™s landmarks on Saturday night.
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