Earth Friendly Websites

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Your website is harming the earth

The impact my website has on the environment is something that has been on my mind. It's not something that I think people would expect to be on the list of things that are harmful to our environment. It's a website, just floating out there in the world wide web. It's not a plastic bag! How much harm can it really be doing?! But websites require energy too, tons of if it! To explain it simply, every website is a bunch of files and they are hosted on a server and housed in data centers. These massive facilities house tons of servers that need to be kept running in cooled, controlled environments. They require tons of energy and have a significant carbon dioxide (CO2) output. The hosting company you choose matters. Most hosting companies are not environmentally friendly and are ran by burning fossil fuels.

THESE ARE THE SERVERS THAT HOLD WEBSITES

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Inside data center (Photo: Google)

THIS IS A DATA CENTER

According to Emerson Network Power there are 509,147 data centers worldwide, with 285.8 million square feet of space. Equivelent to 5,955 football fields.

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A data center (Photo: Google)

WHAT Can you do?
Go GREEN HOSTING

What can you do to help? One thing you can do is find a green hosting company. I use A2 Hosting.  A2 Hosting has partnered with Carbonfund.org. By purchasing carbon offsets, Carbonfund is able to invest in clean, renewable sources of energy.

According to Timothy Shim from webhostingsecretrevealed.net, "Over the past ten years, A2Hosting’s carbon emissions offset donations to Carbonfund.org have neutralized almost 2.3 million pounds of greenhouse gases, equivalent to planting 27,000 tree seedlings and allowing those trees to grow for ten years!"

To view a list of other Green Hosting companies visit Timothy Shims blog post at: https://www.webhostingsecretrevealed.net/blog/web-hosting-guides/what-is-green-web-hosting-and-how-does-it-work/

OFFSET WHAT YOU USE

Maybe your comfortable and don't want to move away from your hosting company. There are still ways you can help. Partner with Carbonfund.org and get listed on their website (which will not only help the environment but your SEO efforts as well!)

REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT: DOWN SIZE!

Is your website a Hummer or a Tesla? Think of it this way: Is your website over loaded with videos, images, css (clearly guilty here, love my css animation!), custom fonts, or plugins? Then your a Hummer.
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What Can Palila do to help?

I was inspired to write this post after reading "Delivering Wordpress in 7kb" written by Jack Lenox. While attending  MozFest Jack decided to attend a session called  “Building a Planet-Friendly Web”.  Shocked by the impact websites have on the environment he was inspired to make a theme as light as possible. Enter, SustyWP, the 7kb theme. 

Yesterday I started taking classes in Javascript. After reading Jack's blog I'm thinking maybe the world can use a little less javascript. From here on out I will learn better ways to create smaller websites. I will continue to use Green Hosting companies, and advocate the usage of Green Hosting companies to others.

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Sources:

Lenox, J. (2018, June 4 Published). Delivering WordPress in 7KB. https://blog.jacklenox.com/2018/06/04/delivering-wordpress-in-7kb/.


Miller, R. (2011, December 14 Published). How Many Data Centers? Emerson Says 500,000. http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2011/12/14/how-many-data-centers-emerson-says-500000.


Shim, T. (2018, March 14 Published). How Green Web Hosting Works (and Which Hosting Companies Have Gone Green). https://www.webhostingsecretrevealed.net/blog/web-hosting-guides/what-is-green-web-hosting-and-how-does-it-work/.

Earth Friendly Websites was last modified: June 26th, 2018 by Palila