As we all know the world is a changing place – and not everything we are doing on this planet is for the long-term growth and safety of our world. The web, for instance, isn’t the big green thing that we all imagined it was going to be as it uses a massive amount of the world’s overall electrical usage. The carbon footprint of the web is also exploding, and its impact on the world could start to become less impressive as time goes on, making it nearly impossible for people to truly enjoy it.
Before starting your next web site or blog, be sure to consider the key points of going green on the internet, with our latest infographic shown below.
What People Share on Social Networks Infographic Summary
This infographic concentrates on giving you a full change of what we can expect to see from the web in the coming years, and how it can be improved to reduce the massive footprint it’s leaving on this planet;
- Every single day, 10 tons of carbon emissions are being released into the atmosphere purely from people who are sending one tweet. If you send ten tweets you are sending out roughly 0.2g of carbon emissions – is that not terrifying?
- At the moment, it’s estimated that the world’s internet footprint is roughly 830MT. by 2020, it’s estimated to be as high as 16GT!
- The internet uses more power than the auto industry, and more power than the entire nation of Russia – it’s a massive part of our electricity usage in modern society
- However, more than half of this comes from a lack of efficiency – a poorly programmed website will use more resources to load up and navigate than a well-made website, for example
- Keeping website page weight low is going to be vital to making a dent into the emissions problems that we have foolishly created
- Image optimization is going to be a big part of the future, especially as more people start to turn to user-friendly forms of management like using .PNG images for optimized load times
- Additionally, using a CSS sprite can be quite effective at faster loading, so it’s vital to take all of the possible additions that are available for fast and quick loading and make the most of them
- BMP images are going to be replaced with Vectors in the future, as a Vector loads faster and has less drain on the system and web resources due to being far easier to actually use
- Ensure that your website has been validated by an expert before getting it out there – validated websites run smoothly and use far less energy
- Compress any downloads on-site to make sure it can be delivered with the least time and energy used possible
- Even the web hosting firm that you are using has to be considered – are they using environmentally friendly methods?
Infographic Source: HostGator