Digital Age: Not So Green?

Ugh, just when we thought we’d found a great paperless way of doing everything…Today The New York Times ran this piece on the tremendous amount of energy required for and wasted by data storage centers.

We encourage you to read the article in full, but among the stats, are these:

Worldwide, digital warehouses (the centers that help store digital information, like your Facebook account info or, cough, this blog’s information) use 30 billion watts of electricity. (The average nuclear plant uses about a billion watts.)

A single data center can use more electricity than a medium-size town.

These centers currently use only 6-12% of their energy — the rest of the energy is wasted and only necessary in the emergency case of a surge.

If you’re interested in cutting back on waste, this is absolutely an area to study!


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