Green Geeks Green Web Hosting

Green Geeks green web hostingTrey Gardner, CEO of Green Geeks web hosting, contacted me recently and asked that I review his company’s “green credentials” and consider mentioning Green Geeks here at EcoHostReviews.

Hosting web sites is an energy intensive endeavor, and any truly green webhost must minimize energy consumption, maximize efficiency, and utilize renewable energy sources for the power that is consumed.

My reviews are based on information provided to me by the web host, combined with my own research on the claims made. The veracity of green associations and certifications is considered, as well as efforts and programs aimed at internal sustainability measures within the company. I then look for any reviews, complaints, or praise for the host’s customer service, tech support, and server uptime.

Let’s get started:

The central claim of any webhost is how the power their energy-intensive data centers. GreenGeeks is a certified member in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Partnership, purchasing 300% of the company’s energy consumption in wind power carbon offsets verified by the non-profit Bonneville Environmental Foundation.

This means that GreenGeeks is still pulling power from the grid, but offsetting that consumption, by three times their actual consumption, through offsets that fund wind energy generation. Given the high credibility of both the EPA Green Power Partnership and Bonneville, there is little question that Green Geeks is doing well toward mitigating the impact of its energy footprint.

GreenGeeks also says they “reconfigure” their servers to run cooler and more efficiently. Much of the energy used in a server farm is cooling energy. Making a server run more efficiently not only conserves direct power consumed by the server, but also the energy needed to keep it running cool.

Internally, GreenGeeks implements internal conservation and sustainability programs including telecommuting for many of its employees. “Aggressive” recycling is practiced for those in the office, with an effort to use as little paper as possible.

Encouraging a unique “company culture” concept to sustainability can, I believe, help internalize the effort and involve a workforce in unique and personal ways. One of the green claims Green Geeks makes is a rotation of employees bringing in home-cooked meals to share with their colleagues for lunch and dinner, reducing packaging and plastic waste typically associated with fast food. It’s a bit difficult to measure and verify the exact level of resource conservation this idea has (and, of course, some people might not want to cook, or cook well), but it can help shape a corporate mindset and lead to a more efficient workplace.

GreenGeeks also is involved with the American Lung Association in their annual “Fight for Clean Air”

All in all, I think Green Geeks represents a good example of a green web hosting option. They have shown a commitment to offset their energy consumption (three times over) that is recognized by the EPA, they are active in their community, and they employ a company culture that encourages and facilitates efforts toward sustainability.

Visit GreenGeeks and learn more about these programs and the web hosting services on offer.

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14 comments

  1. Green greek webhosting is better service i think. i want to know more about this detailly.Its useful information.Thanks for the post. I really love to read your post which is very interesting, informative and equipped with full update information

  2. Good to think that for web hosting, caring for the environment is also given attention. Great job GreenGeeks, who is a certified member in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Partnership. stanmore property

  3. I did a quick Whois search on SupergreenHosting and it seems they are related to JustHost.
    I have made TWO mistakes on web hosting choices. Within the past week I opened accounts with host monster and 1-n-1, only to already start feeling uneasy about their service.
    I hope I can get my domains transferred to this, or one of your other recommendations, without too much hassle. The problem is when some looks up “web hosting reviews” you get a ton of dishonest sites just looking to make a quick buck…..

  4. Hey Mark – sorry to hear of your troubles with host monster and 1 on 1.
    Unfortunately, there is a lot of greenwashing with green web host claims.
    I’d like to hear of your experience with GreenGeeks if you end up using them.

  5. I like what green geeks claim and given your scrutiny of their credentials most seem to hold up but I still find the whole issue of green credibility to be a difficult one. I think I’ve become jaded by the amounts of companies, not least big oil in the form of Shell and Xenon, who spend millions on green advertising leaving you with a warm fuzzy glow when you know deep down its all a bit of marketing hot air and the off sets are minimal.

    I wish I could believe more in the regulatory frameworks for carbon offsetting but just like the banks with their specialist accounts teams I can’t help but think they’ve got similar teams looking for loop holes in all of this regulation and no doubt exploit it to the hilt.

    Sorry I realise I’ve gone a bit off topic there but if you can’t believe in the regulators who can you trust (well beyond your goodself)?

    Btw – found an interesting titbit about google the other day. They have a bit of code which saves the company millions if not billions in electricity bills. Very smart addition to the google bot and something that they keep underwraps for seo reasons but which, in a sense, they should be applauded for.

    Thanks
    John

  6. But do any of the server reconfigurations affect performance?

  7. The demands of hosting are high! People are more engaged on the web and want to be seen worldwide so they started to create their own blog site to share where they can also write good stuff about their self and interests.

  8. I’d never heard that a company such as a hosting company are active in social causes, you are the first and will be greatly recommended to my friends. Thanks for this nice review. Keep it up.

  9. did greengeeks pay or trade anything with you to give that positive review? one thing i liked about your site is that you said no affiliate links. it worries me that a company asked you to mention them and you did so in a wholly positive light saying all the great things they do. it doesn’t seem fully objective. just my two cents….

  10. “Green” hosting service do seem to be popping up everywhere these days.

    I still need to see some more evidence of their reliability and worth.

    I am just recovering from my last hosting service dropping the ball on my service.

    It kind of left a bad taste in my mouth about changing right now.

  11. I had never even given a second thought to Green web hosting. I try and include ‘green’ products and services in my everyday life but never knew that there were options available out there for greener web hosting. I really appreciate you bringing this to our attention because now I’ll take my hobby site – http://www.bikiniwaxvideo.org – and when I’m all wrapped up with my current ‘contract’ with my existing host I’ll be looking toward a much greener alternative!

    Thank you guys! I’ll be sure to make the shift ASAP as I’m looking to make this world better for all of us, one and all!

    Anita. xx

  12. Green webhosting, interesting concept, indeed. So, even though your company is still online and still using energy, you claim to be ‘green’. Do or will you be taking energy from your own grid soon?

  13. Thanks for your reviews. However, the notion of carbon offsetting needs to be questioned. It may or may not represent a solution to climate change; in fact, some researchers argue that it can sometimes end up perpetuating the problem. Purchasing carbon offsets allows entities to continue to intensively consume carbon-sourced energy. There are also many potential problems with HOW carbon offset projects are managed. I’m not saying all carbon offsetting is suspect — rather, just like any green claim, it should not be accepted at face value. We need to do our homework and examine how and where specific carbon offset projects are operating.

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