Green web hosting is a movement to change the way the internet is served to its customers. Web servers run 24/7, and draw an immense amount of energy from the power grid. Over 50% of the energy generated in the United States comes from dirty coal power – making web hosting a significant contributor to global warming.
The world is at a tipping point right now when it comes to making web hosting more environmentally friendly. Ways that hosts are greening their services include:
- Using energy efficient servers
- Powering their facilities with on-property solar or wind energy
- Purchasing carbon credits or energy offsets to remove the carbon they put into the atmosphere
- Planting trees for each new account to balance out the carbon footprint
- and more