What is Green Hosting?|
As the use of computers and the Internet have grown, so too has the energy and resources consumed by data centers and related infrastructure. This energy and resource demand is likely to only grow as consumers expect high definition video and audio to be distributed over the Internet.
According to a study done at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory "...aggregate electricity use for servers doubled over the period 2000 to 2005 both in the U.S. and worldwide". Servers and related infrastructure used around 1.2% of the electricity consumption in the United States (equivalent to about five 1000 MW power plants).
Green Hosting (also referred to as eco-friendly hosting) is a label that web hosting companies attach to themselves when they want to show that they have a significantly reduced impact on the environment. A webhosting companies motives can range from purely altruistic to simply trying to attract environmentally conscious consumers. Consequently, the level to which these companies mitigate their environmental impacts varies widely.