Green Web Hosting - Attract Environmentally Aware Customers
Hosting your website with one of the green web hosting
companies can be
a good choice for your business in many ways. With the ever increasing concern
for global warming, green web hosting is a natural choice for anyone concerned
about the future of our planet. But choosing green hosting can also bring other unexpected benefits.
What Is Green Web Hosting?
Green web hosting means that the web host has invested in renewable
energy, such as wind power or solar power. This usually means that the web host
has purchased green energy credits representing the amount of energy
their servers and cooling systems consume. Some web hosts have taken a step further.
For example, HostGator
has bought renewable energy credits representing 130%
of the electricity they are consuming for running their servers and cooling systems.
Web servers and especially cooling systems consume huge amounts of electricity.
No matter what energy source is used, the electricity must be produced one way
or another. If the energy is produced by renewable energy sources, it helps reduce the carbon
emissions. Fossil fuel sources, such as oil, gas or coal are still the primary energy
sources. They are also responsible for most of the emissions of carbon dioxide, the most
prominent greenhouse gas in Earth's atmospehere.
Using Green Web Hosting to Your Advantage
Can green web hosting bring you more customers? Absolutely - more and
more people are environmentally aware and only want to buy products or
services that have been "labeled green". If your web site is hosted
with a green web hosting company, you can advertise your site as
environmentally friendly, making it more attractive to eco-aware
Price of Green Web Hosting
Green hosting doesn't have to cost you any more than "non-green" hosting.
The companies offering green web hosting have not increased the price
of web hosting after switching to green energy. This is of course good
news for us site owners, because we can now enjoy the benefits of
without having to pay anything extra.