I want to paint it black (Day 240)…


When I switched my search engine to GoodSearch and then Ripple, it wasn’t long before readers were suggesting I also try out Blackle — a site that helps the environment not by donating any money per search, but by providing a black screen for a background, which requires less energy to light up (it claims it has already saved over 270,000 watt hours).

All of this is just swell of course, but I’m going to take another step in this direction and set my desktop wallpaper to black. Previously, it was a pretty picture I took of some colourful clapboard houses in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia (above), and for a moment I thought maybe I’d leave it the way it is because it makes me happy, and being green and being happy tend to go hand-in-hand. But what the heck — why not revert to my high school roots and indulge in a little goth?

Just let me know if I start incorporating angsty poetry and/or Marilyn Manson lyrics into my blog posts, and I promise I’ll stop.

14 Responses to I want to paint it black (Day 240)…

  1. ClareSnow says:

    Are you thinking of changing the template for your blog too? I considered this for my blog, but didn’t like any of the black ones they had.

  2. dahlia says:

    from wikipedia, which has the links to sources:

    The creators of Blackle have been criticised for lack of clarity regarding the type, size and manufacturer of monitor that the power usage claims refer to.[4] One critic, a technology journalist who reviews computer hardware, tested 4 cathode ray tube (CRT) monitors and 23 liquid crystal display (LCD) monitors, and found that power was saved by the CRT monitors, but was less than that claimed by the blog post that inspired Blackle. The LCD monitors tested showed increased power use in the majority of cases, although most of the larger (24 inch) monitors did use less power displaying a black screen.[1][5][6]

  3. Minh says:

    Power saved is power saved. It would be less for LCD compared to CRTs, too, but refer to the first sentence.

    Blackle has other tremendous value to Canadians and those in many countries in that it isn’t tied to their country’s favoured algorithm. You go to Google in Canada and chances are you don’t have a choice from Google.ca. Blackle doesn’t force you to a Canadian centric site. Try similar searches on both and you’ll see some differences, especially something that isn’t prominently Canadian like Toronto Blue Jays. Hey, Canadian centric is good, but not when you’re trying to find something the world over or want to see what’s out there in the world on it and don’t want to find it on the 3rd or 33rd results page of a Google search. Counterclockwise, if you want to know something Canadian, then forget the power save of Blackle and go for Google.

  4. emma says:

    “Anti-people now you’ve gone too far, here’s your ANTI CHRIST. SUPERSTARRRRR”

  5. Hey Vanessa…

    This actually is not the best decision, it would have been awesome to start this about 5 years ago when there weren’t many LCD screens (flat screen monitors)…because LCD’s will actually require more power to produce a black hue….

    The old school monitors that took up your whole desk are the monitors that would use less energy…

    So it might be a good to reconsider this one…

    I seriously don’t remember the last time I’ve seen an older monitor…all the banks have switched, schools use macs, etc….

    You’re actually causing more power to be consumed…sorry about the news!

  6. blah says:

    I love Blackle. I can’t remember where I heard about it, but I’ve been using it now for about 6 months and think it’s great.

  7. Lloyd Alter says:

    In an LCD monitor, there are fluorescent tubes running at full blast behind the liquid crystal layer whether the screen is black or white, so you can keep looking at Lunenberg.

  8. George Eliot says:

    Just FYI, you might want to check out the UK-based Carbon Neutral Search Engine (http://www.carbonneutralsearch.co.uk) – launched on 10/19.

    You’ve got quite a fun, informative blog – good luck with the project!

  9. marcie says:

    Sigh….so many search engines so little time….I like goodsearch though. I get to pick the charity I want the $$ to go too. Can’t go wrong with that!

  10. Wait a minute… does that make black the new green?

  11. mark says:

    So, if black isn’t more energy efficient on LCD screens, what about the LED screens on apple’s newer laptops?

  12. Marie says:

    Hi Vanessa, I’ve been enjoying reading about your challenge since the spring, thanks.
    One suggestion for a tiny easy green move is to keep your curtains open during the day (to let sunlight warm your apartment) and closed at night (to prevent heat from escaping). This helps reduce the amount of extra heat you need.

  13. Eric says:

    Unfortunately blackle is just a scam….


    Stick with sites that actually donate money like goodsearch, goodtree or ripple.

  14. geminihunter says:

    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/

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