Article by Jerry Low
Geek dad, SEO data junkie, investor, and founder of Web Hosting Secret Revealed. Jerry has been building Internet assets and making money online since 2004. He loves mindless doodling and trying new food.
Do you know web hosting is estimated to be as polluting as the airline industry in year 2020?
According to Amenworld’s recent study of over 3,500 web servers, a single web server needlessly consumes 1,000 kWh on average, producing more than 630kg of CO2 annually. The figures are certainly shocking – it’s hard to believe hosting websites on the Internet can cause such damage to our earth.
“Like other industries, the hosting industry has a role in the global effort to reduce levels of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere,” said Amenworld’s UK country manager Olivier Djidjelli.
Fortunately we are seeing more hosting companies taking up their responsibility in reducing the level of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere by moving towards green energies. I’ve found a few web hosts (servers powered by recyclable energies) that offer green hosting services in a good price; listed below are my top three preferences.
What makes Green Geeks environmentally friendly?
No joke, websites hosted with Green Geeks are 300% clean powered! What the hosting company does: Green Geeks purchased (and will purchase) wind energy credits (certified by Bonneville Environmental Foundation) in order to compensate for the power pull from the grid,. To live up the name “Green Geeks”, the company actually does more than just replacing the power consumed – they replace, with wind power, 3 times the amount of energy used by their web servers (thus the number 300% clean powered). That’s the highest ‘Green’ factor I can found online.
Sounds unbelievable? You bet. I was skeptical in the beginning but after checking on a recent certification (thanks to Green Geeks staff T.J. Williams), I determined that the company just purchased over 2.3 million MW of clean, renewable energy in March 2009. With that, there’s no doubt Green Geeks is the ‘green-est’ hosting in the market.
What makes Hostgator environmentally friendly?
All Hostgator servers are fully wind powered by purchasing certified Renewable Energy Credits (REC). More over, these wind power credits are solely generated in their home state of Texas.
Hostgator offers various level of hosting plans ranging from dedicated to shared server hosting. Their BabyGator plan is the most popular, where users get shared hosting services with unlimited storage, data transfer, and addon domain capacity at $7.95/mo. I’ve been using Hostgator for years and you can have my words on their server reliability. Hostgator hosting has a strong uptime record and I’m always pleased with their customer supports.
What makes Hostpapa environmentally friendly?
Hostpapa went green by purchasing 100% green renewable energy to power our data center, web servers, office computers, laptops and office space. These energy sources supply HostPapa’s entire equivalent energy consumption into the power-grid with certified 100% renewable green energy sources, such as wind and solar-powered energy.
Hostpapa offer unlimited hosting in a very affordable price. For customers who signed up Hostpapa three years upfront, they’ll get unlimited storage, data transfer, and addon domain capacity plus a free domain name for life at the price of $4.95/mo. While the offer sounds great, I should however point out that they limit the usage of MySQL databases where users can’t go more than 100 databases for a single account.
The reason I picked GreenGeeks as the Best Green Hosting is simple: They are the ‘Green-nest’ and their staffs are being very responsive (I learned this via my working experience with them). What impressed me the most is that they are not only neutralizing their environmental impact (server power and cooling), they’re reversing it. At this time of writing, GreenGeeks’ server are all 300% powered (certified by Bonneville Environmental Foundation)!
Wow 300%! How is that possible?
Well, here’s how: GreenGeeks replace, with wind power, 3 times the amount of energy used by their servers. So if their servers pull 1X of power from the grid; the company purchase enough wind energy credits to put back into the grid 3X of power having been produced by wind power. For reference, figure on your right is the certificate of purchase of 2.3 million MW of clean, renewable energy of GreenGeeks.