A black Google start screen?

There is a post on the Google blog about how to save energy and it reminded me about something I read/heard a while ago.  The idea is that given how many people visit Google and the fact that the Google landing page is white and uses a fair chunk of energy, if Google turned the landing page to black the energy saving across the board would be pretty significant.

Wouldn’t that be a good way to save energy?  I wonder what a black Google search page would look like?

Update: Jyaif commented that the Google blog has a post about just this issue and it does.  It turns out that turning the Google page black could actually increase energy usage in some monitors.  The blog post then sets out a couple things you can do to reduce the amount of energy you are using by enabling the energy saving features of your computer and monitor.  Thanks for the comment Jyaif!

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Paul

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  1. Google Germany had one a few weeks ago when we all were asked to turn of our lights for 15 mins at 20:00

    At first I thought something was wrong with my monitor with the black search page. It certainly caught your attention.

  2. Google Germany had one a few weeks ago when we all were asked to turn of our lights for 15 mins at 20:00

    At first I thought something was wrong with my monitor with the black search page. It certainly caught your attention.

  3. Google Germany had one a few weeks ago when we all were asked to turn of our lights for 15 mins at 20:00

    At first I thought something was wrong with my monitor with the black search page. It certainly caught your attention.

  4. Google Germany had one a few weeks ago when we all were asked to turn of our lights for 15 mins at 20:00

    At first I thought something was wrong with my monitor with the black search page. It certainly caught your attention.

  5. Check out this web site: blackle.com. It uses the google custom search but the landing page is black.

  6. Check out this web site: blackle.com. It uses the google custom search but the landing page is black.

  7. Check out this web site: blackle.com. It uses the google custom search but the landing page is black.

  8. Hi Jonathan

    That is pretty interesting. I should try find that post I read or some info on the possible energy saving if the Google home page is changed to black.

    Thanks for the link Pablo. I'll take a look!

  9. Hi Jonathan

    That is pretty interesting. I should try find that post I read or some info on the possible energy saving if the Google home page is changed to black.

    Thanks for the link Pablo. I’ll take a look!

  10. Hi Jonathan

    That is pretty interesting. I should try find that post I read or some info on the possible energy saving if the Google home page is changed to black.

    Thanks for the link Pablo. I’ll take a look!

  11. Hi Jonathan

    That is pretty interesting. I should try find that post I read or some info on the possible energy saving if the Google home page is changed to black.

    Thanks for the link Pablo. I’ll take a look!

  12. A black background saves energy only with CRTs. Google had a post on their blog about just that.

  13. A black background saves energy only with CRTs. Google had a post on their blog about just that.

  14. A black background saves energy only with CRTs. Google had a post on their blog about just that.

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