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Sustainable and Environmentally Friendly Web Hosting Services

If you are like most people, protecting the environment is a priority for you.  All of us have a vested interest in keeping the environment clean from pollution.  As the population of the world increases and the demand for goods, products and services increase, so does the likelihood that the production of those items will lead to polluting our environment.

When we are talking about being “Environmentally Friendly” we are most often talking about lowering our carbon foot print, and reducing emissions (pollution) to the environment that result in what are known as “Greenhouse Gasses”.  These emissions can lead to acid rain, damage the ozone, and have long term negative effects to the environment.  These are typically created when producing electricity through conventional methods.

The good news is, many providers of goods and services are now offering options to us that are “eco friendly” and not harmful to the environment.  And, they are doing so at no additional cost to you, in fact, many times these same companies are able to do it even less expensively than their competitors.

Brazos Wind Farm in the plains of West Texas

Image via Wikipedia

 

One of the challenges for companies today is the fact that running a company, especially a technology company requires a lot of energy to run.  With all of the electronic equipment needed to run a company today, the energy requirements are enormous.

Companies that do demand a large amount of energy can purchase what are known as REC’s.  According to the EPA (Environmental Protection agency) A REC is a “RENEWABLE ENERGY CREDIT“.  1 REC = 1 Mega Watt Hour (MWh) of electricity generated via a renewable generation method and delivered to the power grid.  This energy can then be used like any other electricity, but instead of being generated in a method harmful to the environment, it is friendly to the environment, and sustainable.

These certificates are typically purchased from Wind Farms.

Using this method a company can determine their energy usage, and purchase the equivalent amount of REC’s to meet that demand.  In some cases, companies will actually purchase more credits than their actual usage.

One such company is HostgatorHosgator is a large website hosting company that requires a tremendous amount of energy to run, yet they have made a commitment to purchase 130% REC’s.   That means they are putting 130% renewable energy back into the power grid.  They are not only replacing all of the power they use with eco friendly power, they are replacing 30% more!  Amazing!   All of Hostgator’s REC’s are purchased from wind farms in the state of Texas.   If you are concerned about the environment, Hostgator should be your web host of choice.

 


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