Energy saving

After having been to Boston, New York, Las Vegas etc. and gasped at the beautiful night views of each of these cities, I have often thought aloud – US has a lot of energy. And a lot of this energy goes just into aesthetics and ambience. That’s a lot of waste in India, where we always switch off the light and fan when leaving a room.
I was just wondering, how many villages in India could be lit up 24/7 if all the advertisements on Times Square were pulled off the circuit. Or may be Las Vegas?

Talking of energy savings, visit Blackle. Blackle is a *suggestion* which is based on a blog post titled Black Google Would Save 750 Megawatt-hours a Year (January 2007) where a theory was proposed that a black version of the Google search engine would save a fair bit of energy due to the popularity of the search engine. So this guy, Mark Ontkush (Occupation: Green Computing Evangelist), did the math and figured out this (from his blog post) –

Take at look at Google, who gets about 200 million queries a day. Let’s assume each query is displayed for about 10 seconds; that means Google is running for about 550,000 hours every day on some desktop. Assuming that users run Google in full screen mode, the shift to a black background will save a total of 15 (74-59) watts. That turns into a global savings of 8.3 Megawatt-hours per day, or about 3000 Megawatt-hours a year. Now take into account that about 25 percent of the monitors in the world are CRTs, and at 10 cents a kilowatt-hour, that’s $75,000, a goodly amount of energy and dollars for changing a few color codes.

I liked it. Of course, there has been skepticism the world wide about whether the contribution of the energy savings is significant. And, as you might have noticed, the readability of black web pages isn’t the best.

Still, as the About Page puts it, “We believe that there is value in the concept because even if the energy savings are small, they all add up.

Go ahead, search something on Blackle.

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6 Responses to “Energy saving”
  1. Deepika says:

    There’s a lot of food for thought in this post of yours. As for the one abt the pics of ur house and those pretty table mats, ur just playing ignorant, u very well know what I was talking about!!!

  2. Deepika says:

    The pics of pennsylvania on ur profile are…mesmerizing. Is it really that beautiful, or are you really good at photography? If everything works out fine, Ill be not too far away from where u stay right now!!

  3. Kokonad says:

    @Deepika: Thanks for your comments! Actually Pennsylvania is a very beautiful place! Every bit of it 🙂
    Nice to know you are coming to a place around here… further studies kya?
    (I think this is where we need to transfer this conversation to a private channel :). Also, we need to talk about that house thing. 😀 )

  4. Roshmi says:

    “I was just wondering, how many villages in India could be lit up 24/7 if all the advertisements on Times Square were pulled off the circuit. Or may be Las Vegas?”

    If that became a reality then all the manufacturers of generators, gen sets, inverters, UPS, candles, lanterns, kerosene, emergency lights, match boxes… will be left to twiddle their thumbs…

    Therefore… the above scenario can never be a reality… Q.E.D.

    Roshmi´s latest blog post – Poll-i-nation… !!!

  5. Kokonad says:

    It can be a reality – it’s a tad bit idealistic, but it’s not impossible! India does not waste anything compared to the electricity the US wastes. And still, all these manufacturers have jobs and a function in India! 🙂

  6. Roshmi says:

    Which is why ‘they’ will do everything to maintain the status quo… d’nt forget this is ‘kali-yug’…

    Roshmi´s latest blog post – Poll-i-nation… !!!

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