Most of us do at least some web searching every day, so why not make this routine something that raises money for charities, or helps save energy?
If you are using an older cathode ray tube (CRT) monitor, consider using Blackle for web searches. The site is powered by Google, but uses a black page to reduce the amount of energy it uses, instead of Google's white background. If you are using a liquid crystal display (LCD), then experts warn that Blackle isn't likely to save you energy.
Echocho is a New-Zealand based search engine powered by Yahoo! that uses its advertising revenue to plant trees. For every 1,000 searches, Echocho plants five trees, which the company claims will remove one ton of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
GoodSearch, also powered by Yahoo!, allows users to choose a charity to sponsor with their searches. A single cent is then donated for every search, and with widespread use of the site, that could add up.
Green Planet Search is really green. It's powered by solar energy, produces its own environmental news and only uses advertisers who are selling green products. Most of the results it returns are green content. The search engine rankings are based on the number of unique searches for different keywords. If you're looking for anything green, this is an innovative search engine to try.
Enter your city or zip code to get your local temperature and air quality and find local green food and recycling resources near you.