It has come to my attention that there is some sort of ‘Earth Hour’ going on. Now, I’ve heard of earth day, but what’s next? Earth minute? Maybe they should make the day into a week or a month instead of shrinking it.
This is not actually what I intended this post to be about… but I do have a short attention span. What I really wanted to point out was the irony of making your web page black for earth hour/day/year/whatever…
Now, the basis of this idea is that a black website being displayed on a computer monitor uses less energy. While this remains true for those of us who are still using CRT monitors (hey, 1999 called, they wanted to know if you could use 125mb of RAM), more and more computer users are making the switch to LCD monitors.
With LCD monitors, it does not matter (much) if your site is black or white, magenta, etc.. the light that is inside of the monitor remains constant. In fact, to produce a black screen, the liquid crystals must be activated, meaning that you are using just a tiny bit more energy to display that black background.