It Is Up To All of Us: Simple Ways to Make Your Website Environmentally Friendly

We are all living on this planet so we all need to take responsibility for the current state of the environment and its improvement. The beauty about it all is that we can all contribute towards making the earth a better place to live right where we are.

Eco-friendly website

You would be surprised at the amount of energy that running a single website needs. More often than not, the energy is non-renewable which has detrimental implication on the environment. What is even more intriguing is that this can see considerable reduction with a few tweaks to the web design process to produce an eco-friendly website.

But how?

Here are a few things you could do:

  1. Simplifying your website design

This is beneficial for both the environment and your users. You see, each server request takes energy on both ends of the spectrum and the larger the request, the higher the consumption of energy.

Large requests are often the result of elaborate web designs that have many high resolution images, many JavaScript widgets and fewer resource-intensive technology applications like Flash. By correcting these, there would be reduction of load time and server requests will   as well as the energy used.

Your clients will also enjoy your new, simpler website and you could have more traffic coming your ways as a result. Simpler designs are more effective and more elegant to look at, so it is a win-win situation.

  1. Make your website faster

Slow websites use up more energy in loading. At the same time, they waste visitors’ time waiting for the website pages to load. Therefore, this is an all-round problem.

There are several ways to speed up your website. You can use the correct image formats that are not very high resolution to reduce the loading time. You can also design your website in a way to compress the information on the pages.

Caching is also useful so that the page is not continuously loading therefore save on energy used. Removing unnecessary widgets is also advisable along with asking your web designer for an energy efficient template.

  1. Choose your colors wisely

Computer monitors require energy to display color. Modern LCD monitors use more energy to display dark colors so that the darker the colors of your website, the more energy it will use.

As much as possible, include a lot of white space in your website color scheme to save on energy. This may seem insignificant but in the final analysis, it makes a difference.

  1. Include print-friendly versions of your content

Printing is not as popular as it used to be but in the event that it is needed, you need to have a plug-in that will create a printer friendly version of whatever content the user wants printed.

This version usually has the graphics removed and the content is text-only. The colors are also removed, font size shrunk and navigation items removed. This helps is using less ink and less paper, which is beneficial to the environment in the long run.

You can make a difference in the environment just by adjusting a few things in your website design.

Author Bio

Michelle Kany is an environmental blogger and a self-confessed tree hugger, specializing in web-based solutions for the environment. If you would like to know more about how you can use your web design to conserve the environment, click on the link provided.

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