First things first, there is no such thing as an environmentally friendly search engine. Every time we click search, surf from page to page on the internet, send an email, save documents online, upload videos, and the list goes on… every time we use the Internet, we are contributing to Carbon Dioxide emissions.
Because most data centres are powered by power plants that run on coal, including Google, the most popular search engine on the web with over a million data centres around the world. Many activists worldwide have been campaigning in an attempt to persuade Google to switch most of its energy source to renewables. Not long ago Facebook decided to jump on board so why not Google?
In the mean time, I would strongly recommend using Ecosia as your default search engine, which is powered by Yahoo and Bing and its server is run on green energy!
Watch How Ecosia works and why it’s a better choice for you and the environment =]
If you’re too lazy to watch the video, basically, for every search you make through Ecosia, a big portion of the income generated is given to charities like PURE [UK based carbon offset charity], the Gold Standard, and the World Wildlife Fund to fund projects related to the protection and conservation of the environment.
And the BEST part about Ecosia is that they are transparent about how much has been donated – more than 1million US Dollars so far! Not bad for a start!
Donation receipts are available and business reports are accessible to the public – available in English, Dutch, Spanish, French and Italian. I’d suggest them to incorporate other languages if they want to reach a wider audience… like Chinese, for instance.
I’ve been using Ecosia for a while now. Honestly, I don’t see much difference from searching via Google.com
Your search can even be tailored to a certain country, which I think is pretty neat.