ECO WEB HOSTING: A MAJOR BOON FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
If it’s not your first time here, then you already know that we at CBBC care very deeply about the environment. It was, in fact, the mind-boggling amount of trash on the beach that acted as the eye-opener that started the whole Clean The Beach Bootcamp movement. Since then, we have been very active in spreading environmental awareness among the general public with articles such as 6-types-of-water-pollution. And today, we bring to your attention Eco Web Hosting and its role in tackling the environmental crisis that human developmental activities have brought upon our planet.
If you’re wondering what web hosting is and what it has to do with you, you’re using their services right now. That is because nowadays, practically everything and everyone is on the internet. And what enables the internet are hosting servers. Web hosting is the business of renting out space in these servers to host the websites of businesses and individuals.
There are millions of data centres worldwide that house these hosting servers. To keep them running 24/7 requires a lot of resources and, in most cases, causes tremendous amounts of pollution, both of which take a heavy toll on the environment. If you’re not shocked yet, then perhaps some statistics can help be the eye-opener.
The Cost Of Non-Eco Web Hosting:
- Not so long ago, in 2016, when Britain’s total power usage was about 300 terawatt hours, data centres all over the world that housed hosting servers, used up 416.2 terawatt hours.
- Worldwide, these data centres are responsible for 3% of the total power usage and about 2% of the greenhouse gas emitted globally.
- America alone has over 3 million data centres, and they use almost 2% of the total electricity used by the entire country. That is the equivalent of how much power 5 nuclear power plants use!
- The number of data centres around the world is rapidly increasing. Just in 2012, when only half of the world was on the internet, the total data centres numbered around 500,000. Today, that number is more than 8 million!
- The web-hosting industry now emits as much pollution as the aviation industry!
And this is just the tip of the iceberg! Left unchecked, the web hosting industry will cause unimaginable harm to the environment as the internet grows even further. You can read up on this issue in much more detail here – How Do Hosting Servers Impact the Environment?
There is, however, some good news. Individuals are especially choosing to host their websites using Eco web hosting servers. As the awareness amongst the general public regarding the environmental crisis grows, more and more corporates, too, are inclining towards eco-friendly choices. So let’s see why one should go the Eco Web Hosting way.
The Benefits Of Eco Web Hosting
As you know by now, regular web hosting leaves quite an impact on the environment. Eco web hosting is the practice of hosting servers in a more environmentally friendly way, such as using renewable energy. A perfect example of a company that provides eco web hosting services is Orange Website which hosts its servers in Iceland.
There are many advantages to having your servers in a cold location like Iceland. One of the main expenses hosting centres and data centres incur is the air conditioning and coolant required to keep the systems from overheating. That cost comes down considerably when your servers are located in Iceland!
Additionally, Iceland obtains all of its energy from renewable sources such as geothermal and hydroelectric. So when individuals and corporations choose a company like OrangeWebsite.com, they support green energy. And to help offset the damage already done by the server hosting industry, OrangeWebsite, through their Canopy Project, plants between 240 to 1000 trees every month!
So it’s not just cost-effective but also environmentally friendly to use the services of an Eco Web Hosting company. But that’s not it, and there’s more, especially when it comes to corporate who would love to have a pro-green public image.
Environmentally Conscious Corporates Are Choosing Eco Web Hosting
Much more than individuals, businesses, especially, like to have a positive public image. And given the rising awareness amongst the general public regarding the current environmental crisis and the role of businesses in propagating this crisis, a pro-green image is a must for businesses. Well, there is good news on that front!
When you choose to use eco web hosting services such as that provided by Orange Website, you get a Green Seal, which proves that your website is hosted on eco-friendly servers. Displaying this seal on your website lets your visitors and potential customers know that yours is an environmentally conscious business. That is one excellent reason to choose your business over those that don’t particularly care about the environment.
Who Else Is Shifting To Eco Web Hosting?
Now it’s not just the small & big corporate businesses that are worried about their public image and shifting to eco-friendly practices such as shooting their website to eco-hosting servers. Even Gaming communities, such as those running dedicated game servers like the hundreds of thousands of people who play the Minecraft Java Servers and discussion boards, are moving to eco-hosting solutions.
A very good example is Salty Zombies, which shifted its dedicated RUST servers to Orange Website. Salty Zombies run one of the best RUST aim training, PVP Servers and the overly modded RUST PVE Server, with thousands of online players using their services. That certainly indicates there are no performance issues with using eco-hosting servers. And you can see them proudly displaying the Green Seal on their website, giving gamers even more reason to subscribe to their servers. If you are interested in that, you can join their RUST Discord.
As you have seen so far, the standard old-school way of web hosting causes significant harm to the environment. But there is a perfect alternative solution available: Eco Web Hosting. And as we have mentioned above, there are many benefits to choosing eco-web hosting. So as a business, if you haven’t done so already, you must consider shifting to a green hosting solution. And as an individual or customer, when you start supporting more environmentally conscious businesses, more businesses will begin to move eco-hosting because nothing moves corporations as much as public opinion does!
Krix the founder of Clean The Beach Boot Camp has a unique passion for saving the enviroment. It stems from his love for Free Diving and his attraction to the ocean. He launched CBBC back in May 2012 and was the first ever person to put Fitness and the Environment into one single event/activity. If you wish to contact him, try doing so on his social media below.