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Default 10 Tips for Being a Greener Web Designer

As web designers, it’s impossible to deny that electricity lies behind everything we do. There is no physical alternative—no part of our job—that is entirely free from energy consumption.

Here are ten tips that you, as a web designer, can employ to reduce your carbon footprint (hat tip to Brothercake for the inspiration).


Buy green energy.

Many electricity providers now offer the option to purchase 100% green energy. Switching to green energy is the most effective way to reduce your emissions, and it’s cheaper than installing solar panels yourself. Running on green energy means you can be safe in the knowledge that your business is no longer contributing to global warming. If you’re not the business owner, research some green energy options and present them to your boss.

Use green hosting.

Ask your current web host if it offers green hosting as an option; if not, consider switching to a host that does. While the phrase “carbon neutral” is standard (and potentially misleading, often confused as it is with “carbon offset”) in a company’s marketing copy these days, more and more Australian hosting companies are recognizing the demand for truly green web hosting services that run on servers powered by renewable energy sources.

Ditch your desktop machine for a laptop.


Laptop computers are built, by necessity, to use less energy than desktop machines. These days, a laptop computer (be it a Mac or a Windows machine) is fast enough and contains enough memory and hard-drive space to serve as your primary machine. Plus, you can work with it in the park when the sun shines, use it at meetings and conferences, and take it home at the end of the day.

Switch your old CRT monitor for an LCD.

If you were looking for an excuse to ditch that old CRT that takes up half your desk and replace it with a lovely new, thin LCD monitor, then now you have one—LCDs, in general, use less energy than a CRT monitor of the same size. Of course, the bigger the monitor, the more energy it uses, so if you decide to upgrade to a 30” wide screen, you may not see much of a reduction in your carbon emissions.

Turn off your computer and monitor overnight.

The constant after-hours hum of computer fans whirring in an office is all too common. Sure, there may be a good reason why your server needs to keep running throughout the night while we’re all in our beds, but does your desktop machine, if you decide to keep it, really need to run 24/7 as well?


Unplug battery chargers overnight.


Chargers for laptop computers, AA and AAA rechargeable batteries, and other appliances generate heat when left plugged in, even when they’re not being used. It may be convenient to leave them plugged in, ready to charge for you at a moment’s notice without your having to scrabble about in the darkness under your desk, but only plugging them when you need to use them will save a few carbon emissions as well as help reduce your power bill.

Use energy-efficient power boards and light globes.

A traditional tungsten-filament light globe isn’t terribly efficient—an enormous amount of the energy that powers a light globe is lost as heat. Energy-saving fluorescent globes draw less power, which means the drop in your energy bill will be noticeable. Power boards also generate significant heat, so spend a little extra on an energy-efficient board, and it will pay for itself in the long run.

Make use of natural light whenever possible.

At SitePoint HQ we’re lucky enough to have lots of windows that let natural light into the office. During the summer, there are many days where it’s just not necessary to turn on most of the lights in the office. Not only is natural light free, but it also contains Vitamin D—open the window and absorb away!

Support other green businesses when making a purchase.

If you’re faced with the choice of purchasing goods or services from two or more vendors, and any of them will likely do a good job, consider favoring the provider who is more committed to reducing its own carbon footprint. As “being green” becomes a criterion that more businesses demand, more businesses will look internally at how they can change.

Stay informed.

If you care about the impact that you and your business has on the environment, but aren’t across all the facts, get educated. Check out the many blogs about reducing your carbon footprint (SustainabilityBlog.Org and the Planet Ark site are good places to start); research whether a carbon-offset scheme is genuine or questionable.


Do you have any tips for ways that web designers can reduce their carbon footprint? Post comments to this article, and let us know about them!
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Old 08-12-2009, 06:39 AM
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As statistics shows, considerable number of foreclosures takes place within the sub-prime lending group in which there is a high percentage of adjustable rate mortgages. This happens because initially these mortgages don't have fixed rate of interest. Initially interest rates of these mortgages are set low, but with the course of time these rates grows considerably, and it is difficult for borrower to make such high payments.
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The tips are as bellow :

1. Fast Loading web site designs
2. Clear Navigation
3. All Resolutions
4. Use of white space
5. Browser Compatibility
6. Check for broken links
7. Minimize the use of images
8. Readable and professional looking fonts
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The tips are as bellow :

1. Buy green energy.
2. Use green hosting.
3. Ditch your desktop machine for a laptop.
4. Switch your old CRT monitor for an LCD.
5. Turn off your computer and monitor overnight.
6. Unplug battery chargers overnight.
7. Use energy-efficient power boards and light globes.
8. Make use of natural light whenever possible.
9. Support other green businesses when making a purchase.
10. Stay informed.
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If you are a pretext for abandoning the old CRT occupy half of the table, put on a lovely, ultra-thin LCD monitor it, see it now you have an LCD display, in general, CRT monitors use less than the energy The same size. Of course, the bigger the monitor, the more energy it uses, so if you decide to upgrade to 30 "wide-screen, you may not see in your carbon emissions reduced.
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