Search with Blackle and save energy (maybe)

blackle.jpg  Are you looking for ways to save energy? Did you ever think that you could save energy when you search with Google? Well, neither did I, until I came across Blackle. Here is some background:

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 searches are powered by Google Custom Search.  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.” Roberson et al, 2002 

I tried it, and got the same results as searching the white Google. There is no Advanced Search, but you can use the advanced search features that I wrote about a while ago in A Google Primer. For example, to find Web sites (in Blackle) with Blackle in the title, simply type allintitle: Blackle. Or search a phrase like “Anne T-V’s Blog”.

I don’t know if I will bother to use Blackle, but I am endlessly fascinated by how people play with Google. (I still like Google Fight and Google World.)

After I wrote the above, I looked for critiques of Blackle’s claims and I found this video on YouTube: Watts Up Meter Demonstration, in which a man shows that the white Google actually uses less energy than Blackle.  Then there are the bloggers

Here are some other attempts to make a greener Google: GreenerGLE; Energy Efficient Search EngineEarthleGreygle; Ninja. These all deliver the same search results, but in different colours, so really, Blackle’s claim does look like it may be a bit of a scam or hoax.

You be the judge.

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