Find saving energy hard and annoying to do? A tedious task like unplugging all the appliances gets old and annoying fairly quickly. Save energy just by switching browsers. As an added bonus you can even personalize your browser to match your personality while helping the environment. It only saves a little on certain monitors, but every bit counts.

Step 1: Choosing Your Browser

As I have told you before you could personalize your energy saving browser, my favorite is blackle.com. To find the browsers all you have to do is go to your current internet browser and type in whatever color you want and add le at the end. Ex: pinkle or redle. Then press search it should pop-up something like the picture below. Click on the first link. Or you can go to the 2rd step and click on those links. Much easier and faster.


I understand the point of this but don't most people just use the search bar in Firefox rather than actually going to Google.com. Also just for clarification, Google is not a browser, Firefox is and so is Google Chrome. Google is a search engine, just like Bing or Yahoo!
i go to google.com&nbsp; because the text stays in the box, and im not sure why but it aggravates me<br />
If you REALLY want to help, encourage changing energy sources. Solar power doesn't do anything at all to the planet, as far as I know.
only if one day all power is solar and we all die bc its shiny, =)<br />
As mentioned before on LCD screens the colour black actually uses a fraction more power (lol) and i just thought id mention that you are switching <em>Home Pages</em>&nbsp;<strong>not</strong><em> </em><em>Browsers&nbsp;</em>:P<br /> A web browser is the program you use to access the internet, eg Internet Explorer, FireFox, Chrome, Opera, etc.<br />
&nbsp;EDIT:<br /> Or maybe you were meaning switch <em>Search Engines</em>?
This does nothing for lcd monitors which it seems like most people have now. Using a crt monitor in itself is a huge waste of electricity. This seems more like spam for the websites than a legitamate instructable...
well its not ment to be i dont now all this lcd monitor crap of the top of my head. I just made an instructable that i thought was good and entered it into the contest.
I don't know why you did, it doesn't even do anything.
I'm sorry, but aside from reminding people to save energy, this does very nearly nothing, and as far as instrucables go, is pretty bad. I rote a not very nice comment (not rude or crude, just accurate), and deleted most of it because it was... well mean. So three points: if you're going to reference a paper, give is a full name, properly referenced, and if possible, a link. Don't allude to it. I'm going to guess this instructable is based on "Energy Use and Power Levels in New Monitors and Personal Computers", by Judy A. Roberson, Gregory K. Homan, Akshay Mahajan, Bruce Nordman, Carrie A. Webber, Richard E. Brown, Marla McWhinney, and Jonathan G. Koomey. Now, according to the paper I mentioned (good paper give it a read), this ible only applies to CRTs. Only in CRTs does the color displayed correlate to the amount of energy used. It should also be explained that this really isn't switching browsers to some special one, but using a skinned version of a standard browser.
On an LCD monitor the savings would be with a white screen. (Pixels are energized to block the light on LCD) but it is marginal at most. Good joke.
Switching to Firefox good, yes, saves power, no. but putting the crappy google front on it does nothing to help save power, it actually makes you use more of your energy trying to find what you want through the crappy custom search.
This has nothing to do with changing browsers, you simply use some inferior search engine to save a tiny bit of energy supposedly. Also, I don't think you're allowed to use that Songbird image.
Since when is anyone who cares about saving energy not using a laptop already, or at least an LCD monitor for their desktop? And how is a repainted Google frontend an "Internet Browser?"
*reads comments* Ok now I'm confused, it looks great but does it really help?
This has nothing to do with changing Internet Browsers, you are simply using a Google mirror.
I agree.
75% of computer monitors are LCD screens, which do not benefit from this. The CRT monitors which do benefit only save between 5% and 20% of their electricity.
Correct RyanPotter. Also, you're being redirected to a mirror which is surely less efficient than google's servers. You'll end up wasting more electricity. All you're doing is making money for those mirror websites.
Did you lift all of this from elsewhere (e.g. www.blackle.com) or is there actually some original content in here?<br/><strong>RyanPotter</strong> makes a good point, which you haven't addressed in the pasting.<br/><br/>L<br/>

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