Do you ever think about how much energy your favorite websites use to deliver the content that you love? Sure, you’re probably aware that websites consume energy just like everything else. After all, those servers don’t run on smiles and sunshine. But what if they did? The Low Tech Magazine runs their website with solar energy in an eco-friendly way.
The internet eats up a lot of energy to maintain itself and we use up a lot just looking at it. Low Tech is doing something different. They’ve made a simple web page that can be loaded quickly and easily. It’s powered by a solar PV that’s on the author’s balcony. It’s very eco-punkish.
The thing is though, it takes a lot of sacrifice to the user experience. The website can and will go offline if there isn’t enough sun to power it, the design is simple, just text, no bells and whistles. Still, the question should be asked, do we need all of those those things on EVERY SINGLE website we interact with? Check out the magazine, see how they do it and what they’re all about for more information.