In light of the BP oil spill this summer, everyone seems to be looking for ways to become more environmentally conscious. There is a renewed focus on energy efficiency, purchasing renewable green power and conserving conventional energy use. It’s easy to see why. The spill ultimately dumped 127 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. You can use this oil leak widget to see the worst estimated gallons leaked into the gulf.
Even before the oil spill, Bill Gates in fact said he would rather see “cheaper, clean energy developed than pick the next presidents or come up with a miracle vaccine.”
At Codero, we realize the very real need to reduce IT emissions. That is why we sought out environmentally-friendly ways to be an infrastructure-as-a-service provider. We purchased renewable energy certificates (RECs) as a way to offset our electricity usage. Even better, we made the extra investment in Green-e® certified RECs which means they are verified, tracked and monitored. Renewable energy is a great solution to being too dependent on foreign oil. Of the total energy consumed in the United States, about 39% is used to generate electricity, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Most of the electricity in the U.S. is generated from fossil fuels, such as coal, natural gas and oil.
Going green is not only the best action you can take for the planet, it is also a good practice to put into place for your business. As people continue to see how their choices impact the planet, showing your customers that you are eco-friendly is a way to share your environmental ideals with your them. Codero provides a green trust logo to our customers so they can promote their servers being powered by green energy and show that they are in fact reducing their own carbon footprint by going with a green host. Eco-friendly businesses increase customer satisfaction and their satisfaction that they are doing the right thing for the earth.
You can find out which businesses have purchased green power to offset some or all of their conventional electricity by usage by visiting the Green-e website.
There are many ways you, as an individual, can reduce the environmental impact of your energy use. The EPA’s website is a great way to learn more.
How do you feel about sustainability? Do you prefer purchasing from a green business or does it matter to you?