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Five Tips to Build a More Eco Friendly Website

eco-friendly websiteGreen issues have been at the center of affairs in recent years. As climate change continues, we’re looking for more ways to reduce our carbon footprint. Did you know the average Google search requires the same amount of energy needed to boil a small cup of water? 

You can contribute to green living through your website. The way you build your website defines how ecofriendly it is. 

Here are five handy tips you can use to build a more ecofriendly website and simultaneously contribute to the healing of the environment.

 1.      Change Web Hosts 

This is the biggest step you can make. It might not be viable for all businesses at this moment, especially if you’re going through a period of economic turbulence. Change to a green web host. 

These web hosts change the way they power their servers. Some power their servers entirely through renewable energy sources. Others simply streamline their supply lines so it uses less energy to perform basic actions. Change to one of these web hosts to do your part. 

They aren’t necessarily more expensive. On the contrary, some of them are cheaper than traditional web hosts. 

2.      Give Money 

1% for the Planet is an initiative launched to fund green programs. Sign up and place this badge on your site. Companies who sign up to this program pledge to give 1 per cent of their profits to this organization, who then sends it on to a green program. It’s a big message to your website’s visitors and fully establishes you as an entity which cares deeply for the environment. 

3.      Reduce Data Usage 

Data usage has an impact on how much energy your site uses on the Internet. Sites which require lots of time to load need to use more power. Lots of pictures, videos, and various uncompressed files increase data usage. 

Whilst building your website, consider how long it will take to load those fancy graphics and animations you’re using. Many websites now use a minimalist theme to show they care for the environment. 

Studies have shown readers appreciate websites with these designs because it’s easier to use. So you can accomplish two goals at the same time! 

4.      Encourage Green Living 

Building your website doesn’t just revolve around the design itself. What you put on there defines how you’ll come across to your readers. Never underestimate the power you have on the minds of your readers. 

No matter what your site focuses on, bring it back to green issues on occasion. Dedicate some blogs to going green. You might even want to dedicate a week or two each year where you’ll just talk about environmental issues. You can link practically anything to something green. 

5.      Speed Up Your Site 

Slower sites take more energy to load. One of the biggest reasons sites are slow is poor coding. A poor web designer will write out the code for every page and place it on the server. An experienced designer compresses these files and implements a link on each page back to these style sheets. 

Think of it as streamlining the inner workings of your website. Likewise, you should compress all your pictures and videos so they take up less space on the server. Overall, your site will use less energy.

Samuel is a designer specializing in high end web design in Pittsburgh. He has worked alongside companies like Yellow Bridge Interactive to reduce their carbon emissions and change the way they approach web building.