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Blackle: Google’s Goth/Hippy Alter Ego

Blackle

By Evan Ackerman

A while back, ecoIron calculated that if Google were to use a black background instead of a white background on its search page, over the course of one year 3000 megawatt-hours of electricity would be saved (assuming that 25% of people are still stuck with CRTs). And that’s the idea behind Blackle. Blackle is a fully functional Google clone, except it’s gray text on a black background. When your monitor displays a predominantly white webpage, it uses about 15 more watts than it does while displaying a predominantly black webpage. Google’s 200 million (ish) queries a day over one year adds up to something like $75,000 worth of energy spent on that white background. Not only does it save energy every time you use Blackle as opposed to Google, but it’s a good reminder that lots of people taking easy little steps to save energy can make a big difference. And, you know, it goes with my nail polish and eye liner.

[ Blackle ] VIA [ geeksugar ]








  • http://101groups.com 1David

    Google’s Black Search Engine – http://blacklys.com

  • Graham

    I particularly liked “Save your eye: blacklys.com uses cool color varitions best for humman eye. How computer harm your eye?” on the suggested alternative. :)

  • http://N/A John

    You might want to note that Blackle is just the first page of http://www.searchincolor.com, a site which has offered google search in color since a much longer time. There are other color combinations on searchincolor which are energy saving..in general a dark background with light text will save energy over a standard white background.

    John

  • Ian Webster

    http://www.blackgoogle.co.uk does something very similar (and looks much nicer).

  • Seth

    I find the other version http://www.Darkoogle.com is more easier to read since they uses green text just like the old days. Green text are more easy for our eyes and reduce eye strain.

  • http://www.greygle.com Jason

    Some people may find it uncomfortable reading light text on a black background. They might find Greygle to be a better choice for them. It uses a grey background with dark text which they might find easier to read. This still allows for some energy savings while providing an easier reading experience.

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  • alan kieth

    i am gay

  • Anonymous

    my mum

  • erweer

    Thanks for that i think the blackle concept is well cool. Recently while surfing i also found blackle games; interesting concept: play games and save the world!! lol

  • geminihunter

    There are around 25 different versions of “black google” online. The best one I’ve found is http://www.cleanblack.com. Cleanblack is the only version that allows you to change the text colors of the google search results. Try it yourself by going to http://www.cleanblack.com/theme/