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Monday, May 6, 2013

please start using 'blackle'........ the energy saver...

Today came across a new word ‘verisimilitude’ and when we come across something anew, most of us immediately google it.. !! There are so many search engines and somehow we got addicted to google……… have you heard of this ‘Blackle’…. Certainly not the latest …. Something of 2007, but something worthy a read even now..

The web – ‘Blackle’  aims to act as a starting point for eco-conscious Web searchers. The site, which serves as a front end for Google searches, reverses the color schemes of search-result pages so users see light-colored text on a black background. It’s a trick that, allegedly, cuts the energy consumption of computer monitors, and as of yesterday afternoon, Blackle claimed it had saved more than 5,500 watt-hours of electricity  immediate since its March debut.

Energy conservation refers to efforts made to reduce energy consumption in order to preserve resources for the future and reduce environmental pollution. Energy conservation can be achieved through increased efficient energy use, in conjunction with decreased energy consumption and/or reduced consumption from conventional energy sources. Energy conservation can result in increased financial capital, environmental quality, national security, personal security, and human comfort. Individuals and organizations that are direct consumers of energy choose to conserve energy to reduce energy costs and promote economic security. Industrial and commercial users can increase energy use efficiency to maximize profit.

Blackle was created by Heap Media to remind us all of the need to take small steps in our everyday lives to save energy.  Blackle saves energy because the screen is predominantly black. "Image displayed is primarily a function of the user's color settings and desktop graphics, as well as the color and size of open application windows; a given monitor requires more power to display a white (or light) screen than a black (or dark) screen.  The concept behind Blackle is that computer monitors can be made to use less energy by displaying much darker colors. Blackle is based on a study which tested a variety of CRT and LCD monitors. There is dispute over whether there really are any energy saving effects, especially for users of LCD screens, where there is a constant backlight.  It is stated that this concept was first brought to the attention of Heap Media by a blog post, which estimated that Google could save 750 megawatt hours a year by utilizing it for CRT screens. The homepage of Blackle provides a count of the number of watt hours claimed to have been saved by enabling this concept.
Blackle earnestly requests the users to set  Blackle as home page.  They claim that this way every time you load your Internet browser you will save a little bit of energy. Remember every bit counts! You will also be reminded about the need to save energy each time you see the Blackle page load.

There are a lot of great web sites about saving energy and being more environmentally friendly. They are full of great tips covering the little things that we can all do to make a difference today. The simpler way on our part is to try and use ‘blackle’ ~ appears simpler and we can do contribute something to society in energy saving, without really putting us to any real hardship.  So don’t ask ‘do you google’ ~ start ‘blackle-ing’

With regards – S. Sampathkumar.

PS: Don’t google for meaning of the word ‘verisimilitude’.  The Noun would mean : 1. the appearance or semblance of truth; likelihood; probability: The play lacked verisimilitude. 2. something, as an assertion, having merely the appearance of truth. []

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