These days a lot of us will try to make sure that every area of our lives, whether at home, or at work, are as sustainable as possible. If we care passionately about the world we live in then we should try and be aware of our footprint on the planet and while most of us are able to do that with the things we touch and use in our every day life it is often the case that there are areas of our lives that we might not have realized are heavy polluters. One such area is website hosting. Many site owners, particularly green site owners are often unaware that hosting is the source of a great deal of emissions, with servers emitting the same amount of CO2 as most SUV vehicles. Moreover, most data centers which host those servers consume an equivalent level of electricity as the combined total of around 34,000 homes. Looked at on a more individual basis, that equates to your website about green issues emitting more than 12 tons of carbon dioxide per year. The problem is worse because levels of internet hosting are constantly going up. In America the rate is continually doubling and last year the amount of money spent on electricity just for servers was in excess of $3.1 billion. Worldwide the figure has been put at around $8 billion. And current projections show that if the hosting companies continue this level of growth then by 2020 the hosting sector will emit more pollution than the airlines.
So, if you want to do your bit it is time to investigate green hosting. Whether you are a small company or an individual, if you care about your carbon footprint then green hosting can make a difference. There is, as yet, no magic bullet, just degrees of increased efficiency, but by signing on with companies who are more efficient, you will encourage others to improve their efficiency. The first thing to do is to choose a company that runs their hosting on the most modern and up to date green servers. These green servers are capable of running at 20% better efficiency and produce a similar amount less carbon dioxide emissions. Although this does not sound like a huge figure, consider how much difference it will make in a data center filled with servers. Secondly, look for companies that also run carbon offsetting schemes with tree planting. Again, not a long term solution, but a start. In the short term, these are the hosting companies to opt for.
Alex is a freelance journalist and financial blogger. He loves to write about baseball and jazz but spends most of his days writing about mortgages and umbrella companies .