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    Arrow Green Web Hosting?

    What are your thoughts on Green Web Hosting companies, because I myself have setup a small business providing green web hosting for an affordable price, but just wanted to know what ways of advertising I should use, and whether you are bothered about whether it helps the planet or not.

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    I don't necessarily look specifically for 'green' web hosting. However, if my provider is 'green' then I guess it can be considered a nice plus.

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    Are they truly "green" though? Most companies say they are green but what they are really doing is offsetting their energy use by buying wind certificates or credits. They aren't truly wind powered. Does that make them green?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Underrated_Admin View Post
    Are they truly "green" though? Most companies say they are green but what they are really doing is offsetting their energy use by buying wind certificates or credits. They aren't truly wind powered. Does that make them green?
    It still contributes to the cause in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by igxhost View Post
    It still contributes to the cause in my opinion.
    I agree - Every little bit counts!
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    I could relate with igxhost, I never make it as a requirement for a host to be green or even just I thought of trying to look for one, but if one happens to be then it's a plus and would make me feel better choosing them over the others.

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    good questions. Host gator says they offer Green Hosting, they show wind turbines. So are you saying that they may only have the certificate and not really wind turbines?

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    I do everything I can to promote eco green anything. I have to believe that every little bit helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zippey View Post
    good questions. Host gator says they offer Green Hosting, they show wind turbines. So are you saying that they may only have the certificate and not really wind turbines?
    wondering the same.

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    It seems the world is going green nowadays. I think things that are 'green' in everyday products is big, but i do not think it has quite catched on with web hosting and i don't think it will. I look for many things in hosting providers and weather they are 'green' or not is on the bottom of my list.

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    the real mean going green?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zippey View Post
    I do everything I can to promote eco green anything. I have to believe that every little bit helps.
    right every bit count

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    Quote Originally Posted by zippey View Post
    I do everything I can to promote eco green anything. I have to believe that every little bit helps.
    yeah that's actually true. im with you.

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    In the UK I wonder if it would be possible to run your data with http://www.ecotricity.co.uk/ as your power supplier. That would in theory make you one of the greenest hosts - they spend as much of your bill as possible on building wind farms and all that kind of thing Something to think about for anyone in the UK perhaps?
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    I'm with the others. Green services aren't a requirement of mine. However if both providers are offering the same level of service and product, and one is providing green services I would consider them over the provider that is not.
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    Anything that can be done to be more green is a bonus, and is one of the things I would take into consideration. I suppose the very nature of web hosting means that you can never be completely green, but you can be more green.

    Just out of interest, in what areas are you green?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zippey View Post
    good questions. Host gator says they offer Green Hosting, they show wind turbines. So are you saying that they may only have the certificate and not really wind turbines?
    Yes, they only buy credits. But think about it, if all hosting companies support such notion, then there will be more utility companies setting up to harness natural resources for electricity. Still a good cause.

  18. Quote Originally Posted by Taylor View Post
    I'm with the others. Green services aren't a requirement of mine. However if both providers are offering the same level of service and product, and one is providing green services I would consider them over the provider that is not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zippey View Post
    I do everything I can to promote eco green anything. I have to believe that every little bit helps.
    my new hosting company uses the idea of planting new tree's every year to conterbalance the ommission, i guess its a way of being as carbon neutralised as possible without lying and buying a fake certificate like someone previously mentioned

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    Quote Originally Posted by zippey View Post
    good questions. Host gator says they offer Green Hosting, they show wind turbines. So are you saying that they may only have the certificate and not really wind turbines?
    They buy energy credits and IMO they are virtually worthless. It doesn't show that the company is actually doing anything to lessen it's environmental impact, they are just buying a clean conscience.
    Quote Originally Posted by cyberdigi View Post
    Yes, they only buy credits. But think about it, if all hosting companies support such notion, then there will be more utility companies setting up to harness natural resources for electricity.
    Unfortunately it doesn't quite work like that, as most energy companies aren't actually investing much money in new renewable power generation. The energy credits are just counted against the existing renewable generation from long established sources such as hydro, of which there's little new stuff being brought online.

    Quote Originally Posted by Toby H View Post
    In the UK I wonder if it would be possible to run your data with http://www.ecotricity.co.uk/ as your power supplier. That would in theory make you one of the greenest hosts - they spend as much of your bill as possible on building wind farms and all that kind of thing Something to think about for anyone in the UK perhaps?
    Ecotricity are a world leader and they invest more in new renewable generation than all the other UK energy companies combined, a lot more in fact!

    We use Ecotricity for all our UK based activities, but for our hosting servers use the world's first custom built fully solar powered data centre that's in California. Then on top of that we plant an increasing number of tree each year, actively work to continually reduce our consumption of resources and follow the R > R > R ethos (Reduce/Reuse/Recycle). Find out more here

    So there's a lot more to simply buying energy credits if a company actually wants to be green, rather than just slapping the words "Green" and a few images of windmills or trees on their website and hoping no one looks deeper to see what they do
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  21. can you explain more about green hosting?

  22. i am just a beginner in web designing and IT also.plz help.

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    Hostgator purchases Renewable Energy Certificates (REC's) from 3degreesinc.com. Most companies, just about all of them, buy some form of credits. In my opinion this should be considered green because the credits are used to setup green projects such as tree planting, methane extractors, or green forms of power such as wind turbines. Therefore, the carbon hostgator emits is offset by the trees they funded to be planted.

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    If you really think about it, People don't care if your a green host or not, They care about there service and files. They make sure you have great support and great servers.

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    Green Web Hosting is a plus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lightbeing Creations View Post
    They buy energy credits and IMO they are virtually worthless. It doesn't show that the company is actually doing anything to lessen it's environmental impact, they are just buying a clean conscience.
    I disagree.

    At home, I pay extra on my electric bill for higher priced renewable energy so that my home is technically classified as 100% powered by renewable energy. Does my electric company have the technological ability to ensure that the energy being zapped into *my* house is only green and renewable and not "dirty"? No.

    But the premium I pay for my energy means that they purchased green energy and put it into the grid equal to precisely what my house uses, and there's only a finite amount of energy needed in the grid, which means that less dirty energy is in the grid and more renewable energy is in the grid because I signed up to pay a higher electric bill.

    I offset, with my premium payment, dirty energy, and I got more green energy into the collective pool by paying a premium, even if the neighbor down the street who chose not to do that gets my green zap.

    Carbon offsets work in precisely the same way. Can my servers directly use the green energy from the second electric bill I choose to pay every month? No, because my data center doesn't have the ability to do that.

    My particular money went into the Inland industrial rooftop solar power facilities being built in Rialto, California for Edison customers in California - they're building three that would not have been likely built with outside investment from carbon offset buyers like myself, and will more quickly help Edison reach a goal of providing 20% of its electricity from renewable resources.

    Hardly a virtually worthless project or purchase.

    Do I wish that energy was going directly into my servers? Sure.

    Do I think being a small part of the largest solar energy project in the nation with a goal of 250 million megawatts of solar generation capacity is worthless? Hardly.

    Paying two electric bills a month is a pretty expensive way to "buy a clean conscience".
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    what boxes do you have to tick to be able to call yourself a green host?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam27 View Post
    what boxes do you have to tick to be able to call yourself a green host?
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    Hi,

    I would say Green Hosting is not my pre-requisite. However, it would be an added advantage to be using green web hosting at low price. Website uptime and customer support are what matters to me.

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    funny enough, I thought something different - hosting with 0% uptime guarantee, basically servers are never plug in into power socket as I haven seen any solar powered data centre yet.
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    I'm not so sure that customers really care about Green Hosting.. the average person doesn't really know that much about global warming to care. I would, however, support the movement for users that want a Green Host. Like others have said, it's a nice touch.

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    In my opinion, it will be reasonable to deal with environmental friendly hosting providers. I appreciate those green hosts...

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    which company first started to use green energy for promoting their web service ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by carl2k2 View Post
    What are your thoughts on Green Web Hosting companies, because I myself have setup a small business providing green web hosting for an affordable price, but just wanted to know what ways of advertising I should use, and whether you are bothered about whether it helps the planet or not.
    Green hosting is great for our industry and we here at GreenGeeks hope that customers do start looking for "green" in their search for a responsible, reliable host.

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    I think that Green Web Hosting companies are pretty cool because they're doing their part to lessen their environmental footprint. Whether one believes in Global Warming or not, there's nothing wrong with resource conservation. I, personally, will only host with an environmentally friendly web hosting service provider. If the company doesn't offer a green web hosting solution, I'm not interested.

    I'm surprised somebody hasn't started a "green web hosting certification" program that inspects in detail web hosts that claim to be green and certifies them as such according to certain annually updated standards.
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    I just gone through green web hosting in couple of sites,what does it really mean?
    Is it environment friendly or something more?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nagesh View Post
    I just gone through green web hosting in couple of sites,what does it really mean?
    Is it environment friendly or something more?
    Green web hosting "should" mean (IMO) that the hosting overall is carbon neutral, meaning that through various company initiatives such as recycling, buying green tags, and so on, the company offsets whatever carbon it generates by neutralizing it in other ways (buying an equal amount of renewable energy, and so on).

    There are non-profits that will help companies calculate their carbon "footprint" and then come up with a way for them to offset it that's trackable. We personally have used BEF since 2007, and they just did a presentation with Green Geeks at HostingCon on green hosting this week.
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    As for me, I'm positive attitude to green web hosting companies. And I will give priority to this companies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by XFactorServers View Post
    wondering the same.
    If they were 100% wind powered, that would mean that The Planet is 100% wind powered.

    Seeing as that's not something The Planet advertises, and it's something completely implausible from the amount of power that they draw vs. the current quantity of wind generation plants in Texas, it's unlikely that HostGator is 130% wind powered as they claim.

    Now, if they were Nuclear powered, I would consider them to be a green host. Why? Nuclear is a VERY clean source of power. Especially if using a Pebble Bed Reactor.

    People put Nuclear power down claiming it's such a bad technology. In reality, you can create nearly endless quantities of power with very, very little waste by ratio. In addition, it's extremely safe.

    Chernobyl and Three Mile Island all had VERY unique circumstances around them. It's not stuff that happens every day.

    I'm proud to say my home is powered by a nuclear power plant down in Miami. If you live in Central Florida, you should be proud to say that your home is powered by a reactor in Port Saint Lucie
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    Quote Originally Posted by ClubUptime View Post
    If they were 100% wind powered, that would mean that The Planet is 100% wind powered.

    Seeing as that's not something The Planet advertises, and it's something completely implausible from the amount of power that they draw vs. the current quantity of wind generation plants in Texas, it's unlikely that HostGator is 130% wind powered as they claim.
    Hostgator double-buys their electricity - once to pay The Planet, and then they buy 130% of whatever they use and it goes into the grid. Technically, they are, as that's how an offset works.

    Right now, unless you have an actual solar or wind station private set up, that's how just about *all* renewable energy purchases work, whether you do it by offset or by paying your power company, because grids are communal. AISO is one exception, but they're "off-grid" - their set up is 100% private. The rest of us in major data centers aren't in the same boat as far as even having the option, so we have to accomplish it in other ways.

    Example: My house is powered by Pedernales Electric Coop. I can pay a regular amount and get "regular energy", or I can pay a premium rate, and be guaranteed 100% renewable energy (which I do). The way that works is that whatever energy I use, they guarantee by contract that they will buy that same amount over what they normally would have bought and will put it into their grid. Someone 5 or 10 miles away likely got "my" zap, but that renewable energy zap wouldn't have been in the grid if I didn't pay a premium to put it in there.

    Green tags for actual energy are finite (one tag is assigned to one specific zap of energy, and that zap is technically yours), and works in the same way - once your tag is purchased and your energy is in the grid, that zap can't be sold again to someone else, so while the "zaps" may not be going directly to HostGator, they've put green watts into the grid that would not have been there before by their purchase, even if someone else is using them.

    What that does is elevate the ratio of renewable to non-renewable energy in the grid, and that's why they're green and wind powered (as long as they're certified). As long as you've covered all your energy use, you can say you are solar or wind powered and so on because it's going into the communal grid, meant for you, and you bought it.
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