Are you an eco-conscious consumer? Do you faithfully recycle everything you can and compost your waste products? Do you only buy items made of recycled materials, unplug appliances when they aren’t in use, and forego the use of aerosol cans? What about your web hosting? Is it eco-friendly? Whoa, you say. You don’t know what eco-friendly web hosting is? If so, you aren’t alone, because many people aren’t even aware that such a service exists. Green web hosts, however, are committed to social change in order to save our planet’s resources, and if you are truly green at heart, you’ll want to look into one of these companies for your web hosting needs.

Eco-friendly web hosting companies are just what you’d expect them to be. Instead of using energy-guzzling servers and wasteful office practices, these people are trying to run their businesses in a responsible way that will preserve the environment. Instead of operating on electrical current, they rely on wind and solar power to run their servers. They shut down work stations when they aren’t in use to save the drain on energy, recycle office wastes, and leave the smallest carbon footprint that’s now available. By purchasing your hosting services from a company like this, you’ll be helping to do your part, too.

Oil is not a renewable resource. In addition, oil companies are having to go to such lengths these days in order to tap into oil reserves, that even more environmentally-damaging situations can happen, such as the BP oil gusher pouring into the Gulf of Mexico. The less oil we can use to run our cars, heat our homes, and power our servers, the better off we’re going to be. Harnessing the wind and letting it generate energy is a much more responsible solution to the problem of energy. Wind power reduces the carbon footprint, uses no depleting resources, and is a very clean source of power.

If you stop and look into what man has already done to damage the planet Earth, you can start to comprehend how important it is to stop the irresponsible practices that have caused all the harm and to start doing everything we can to develop renewable resources and use them on a daily basis. Although it may not seem like much, you can help do your part by using an eco-friendly web hosting company for your needs.

All it takes is a single tree. One aged tree can provide enough oxygen for two human beings on this planet. A planet currently suffering from ecological damage. The Tech Industry alone accounts for nearly 2% of the greenhouse gas emissions raveging our environment. How can you help? By going environmentally friendly with your web hosting.

Eco Friendly Web Hosting

Eco Friendly Web Hosting

There are tons of “carbon neutral” hosting companies out in the market right now. To be “carbon neutral” a hosting company need to have a net zero carbon footprint – gained by balancing the amount of CO2 released with an equivalent offset. There are numerous ways to implement this offset. One is by swapping what is lost – for a lot of companies this means getting involved in reforestation programs. Yet another method to offset is by funding projects that lead to the the avoidance of future greenhouse gas emissions, or by buying “carbon credits” to remove them through “carbon trading”.

The great thing is you don’t have to worry about sacrificing good quality hosting to going eco-friendly. Many green hosting companies offer the same products and services as their non-green competition. This includes web site templates, site management tools, blogging platforms, database options and several times free marketing tools and software. One highly rated green hosting company is SuperGreen. Their accounts include unlimited space, unlimited traffic, a free domain name, and a $25 marketing credit for only $3.95 a month. Cr8change.org offers a plan for $7.00 a month and is dedicated to planting one tree every month for each account they host through the California Wildfire Releaf program. If you’d like a wind powered host, HostGator lists their accounts at $7.95 a month and includes all the options you’d expect from other hosting services.

Something to consider – this year alone wildfires in California have managed to ruin over 121,000 acres of forest and there seems to be no fast end at the moment. By hosting your site with Cr8change, you can help avoide some of this damage by having 12 trees planted in the next year simply by hosting your account with them. Setting up an account with HostGator would create no carbon footprint as wind power does not create greenhouse gas emissions.


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