One of the biggest things that we face in the IT industry is the pressure that’s put on us to go green wherever we can. The reasons for this can go on for days with one of the most popular ones being global warming.
The hosting industry is evolving to fit this growing need and many reputable hosts have done what they need to do in order to offer green web hosting. Let’s take a look at how they are able to do this and how it can benefit you.
You’re not going to see a datacenter with windmills on the roof.
While this may be a sight to see, for many datacenters it’s realistically impossible to have windmills on site. Many hosts actually purchase what is called renewable energy certificates.
Renewable energy certificates simply offset the amount of energy that a company consumes with clean energy. This is done by pumping the amount of energy that the company uses into a power grid via clean energy sources.
With clean energy in its beginning days, this helps fund the efforts that are being made in order to help preserve the planet that we live on.
How do I know if a host is offering green hosting?
Usually web hosting providers actually publicize this greatly. You can think of it as a marketing technique that they use to their advantage, as more and more people are simply demanding green hosting.
Also, web hosting providers who purchase renewable energy certificates will have an emblem on their website providing that they do indeed shed out the bucks for energy credits.
How can you benefit from green hosting?
The possibilities are endless so to speak. By being hosted with green hosting, you usually have the opportunity to place a badge on your website which shows that you have a green website. Believe it or not, this will win the hearts of many people when they see you actually care about the environment that you live in.
Also, you can sleep easy at night know that your hosting provider isn’t just pumping a bunch of pollution back into our world. If you’re like me, this truly says a lot about them and persuades me to choose them over one of their competitors.
While you may not see a bunch of green hosting these days, the numbers will surely rise as our government officials push for cleaner air. It’s never too soon to hop on the green hosting bus.