How You Can Reduce Carbon Output Through Web Design

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There are many ways to lessen the impact you have on the planet, but did you know websites and software development can be an easy and effective way to reduce energy use long term.

The team recently read a story of a Dutch programmer that made reductions to code used on a popular WordPress plugin that helped save 20Kb per use. It doesn’t sound like much but due to the number of users the plugin has, it was worked out that there was a CO2 saving of almost 60,000 kilograms between the over 2 million users of the plugin.

Now this benefit generally takes place when there are large amounts of people visiting your website, but if you’re interested in making a quick reduction to your website’s CO2 usage, here are 3 awesome quick wins.

1. Tiny PNG

Tiny PNG is an excellent way of reducing file sizes on images while maintaining high resolution & quality.

2. Environmentally conscious hosting

Did you know there are hosting companies that strive to use renewable energy to power their servers? This can be an awesome way to ensure that your website is being powered in a way that is reducing energy usage.

3. Removing unused plugins

When plugins are not being used but are still active on your site they often send lots of unneeded code to your server and back to the website visitor. When you have a lot of visitors this will slow down your website’s load time and use more energy, so it’s not a bad idea to trash those unused plugins. 

Information used from: Clive Thomson. (June 23rd, 2020. How ‘Sustainable’ Web Design Can Help Fight Climate Change [Blog post]. Retrieved from https://www.wired.com/story/sustainable-software-design-climate-change/

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