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Sustainable Website Hosting

Tackling the Age Old Problem of Power Consumption
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    Marketing & UI Designer
    Josh is a native Northern Californian UI Designer with a knack for creating beautifully clean designs and brand...

As natives of the North Coast we love and appreciate the quality of our environment. The fact that we are minutes away from beautiful forests and breath-taking beaches teaming with wildlife is something that we cherish, but unless we are careful in all aspects of our lives there is no guarantee these will remain. 

We at EvenVision are dedicated to producing sustainable solutions for our partners. We believe it's our calling as citizens to protect the beautiful world we live in so future generations can enjoy it as much as we do today. 


We're Proud to Announce our New:

Sustainable Website Hosting

The Scale of the Problem


Every year the internet uses over 70 Billion Kilowatt hours to power the more than 7,500 global data centers and thus services that we all use daily. This covers everything from Google, Netflix, Facebook, and that weird site with all the cat photos. That is a massive number. To put that into perspective, powering the internet for one year is the equivalent of:

Powering the Internet for one year is equal to...

of all electricity used in the USA 1.8%
average US homes for a year 6.4 million
electric vehicles for a year 13.7 million

It takes the equivalent of 8 nuclear reactors to generate all 70 billion kWh or almost twice the total output of all solar panels in the USA. By 2020, estimates of energy consumption place Data Centers at the equivalent of 50 power plants worth of energy consumption.

To put it another way:

  • Website hosting servers each produce 1,390 pounds of CO2 annually or roughly 1/6 of what a typical car will annually. 
  • 1 kWh is enough to power ten 100-watt light bulbs for 1 hour. 
  • 1 kWh is enough to power your phone for an entire year. 
  • In 2013 Facebook's data centers consumed 986 Million kilowatt-hours (more than the entire amount of energy consumed by some countries in 2012). 

Thankfully, energy efficiency improvements and increased use of sustainably sourced energy have worked together to decrease the increasing demand for energy even as the total amount of data has increased exponentially. 

Increase in Energy Consumption

2000-2005 90%
2005-2010 24%
2010-2014 4%

Ultimately we are all responsible for our demand of information, connectivity, and digital community. This demand on average equates to 300 pounds of carbon dioxide a year per person. To put this demand into perspective, by 2020 the web hosting industry is expected to surpass the airline industry in environmental pollution. 

 

What Can We Do?


We're not going to stop using the internet. It's a crucial part of our everyday life. By 2025 it is estimated that every minute 152,000 new devices will be connecting to the Internet. By 2025, 80 billion devices will be connected globally and require services. Furthermore, by 2025 the total digital data produced by the world will have reached 180 Zettabytes, and we will want to access it all. 

180 Zettabyes = 180,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes. 

EvenVision's Homepage = 2,306,867.2 bytes

We cannot stem our use, but we can utilize and supply services that source their energy from renewable resources: wind, solar, hydroelectric... to name a few.

There are options and we at EvenVision want to empower our clients with the ability to make conscious decisions about how they power their systems and the impact they make to the world around them. 

 

Dispelling Sustainable Web Hosting Myths:


Myth #1: Green/Sustainable Web Hosting is unreliable 

False. In fact, the service that we are providing is a high quality, enterprise grade system that not only uses energy from sustainable sources but also runs efficiently. The servers we utilize have a 99.99% uptime, comparable to the best in class servers that run off traditional energy grids.

Myth #2: Sustainable Web Hosting is a new industry

False. Once again, sustainable web hosting services have actually been in existence for decades, but are now growing in prominence as they've become more cost-effective for businesses. We utilize a time-tested system with a proven track-record of efficiency, sustainability, and reliability. The servers use state of the art equipment sourced from industry leading experts at Cisco, Juniper, and Intel. 

Myth #3: Sustainable Web Hosting is super expensive

False. While it costs marginally more than traditional web hosting, the overall benefit to our environment should significantly outweigh any minor additional expense. Furthermore, should you decide to go with Sustainable web hosting you can choose to promote the use of green renewable energy on your site, and further distance yourself from the competition. 

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SOURCES

EPA | NRDC | BERKLEY LABS | FORBES | CAMFIL | SOLARCITY | GREEN GEEKS | THE ATLANTIC | Engery.Gov

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How do I Get Started?


It's easy. Give us a call or contact us through our website. It's as simple as that. 

Contact us to get started!

We have no doubt that you'll love your new service and would love to share it with your friends and visitors. If you'd like we can also place a green tag on your site to share with the world. 

 

Join us in Taking Steps Towards a Greener Future. 

 

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