I’m happy to say that I changed my accounts over to a green web host last week. Happy, because I’m still getting the same great service and capabilities I had with my old web hosting firm, but also because I know I’m no longer adding to the problem of carbon emissions from non-green practices. The company I went with buys green certificates which help to fund wind and solar energy development. In addition to doing other eco-friendly things to help the environment, like recycling and cutting down on water waste, I can now also say I’m doing my part to keep our air clean, too.
If you’re interested in reducing your own carbon footprint this way, you can look up green web hosts online. You’ll be surprised at how many companies you will find who have made the commitment to be environmentally responsible. You’ll find that some of these companies use 100% wind energy to power the servers, offices, and data centers that they use to support your website. In addition, many of them actually purchase extra green tags each month in order to help fund the public use of wind power. I like working with people who care this much about the environment.
Another thing I especially like about my green web hosting company is that it gave me a certificate I can display on my own websites telling anyone who visits one that it is 100% powered by wind energy. I like appearing responsible and letting my customers know that I care about the environment. The certificate also explains that by the web host producing green energy for clients it saves 2,660 metric tons of carbon from being pumped into the atmosphere each year.
If you’re having trouble comprehending this amount, I can put it another way for you. This has the same effect as planting 2,390 acres of new trees per year or of preventing the damage the environment sustains due to 6.1 million miles of driving. As you can see, just one green web host can have a major impact on the environment, and each one of us who does our part by hiring one of these eco-friendly web hosts instead of the traditional kind is helping to make that impact.
Maybe green web hosting isn’t the answer to all the problems in the world, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction. Hopefully, before long, many more businesses and individuals will follow their lead and make the effort to save our planet before it’s too late.