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Reduce Global Warming with your PC

Posted on November 29, 2006

LocalCoolingI was made aware of a unique new project today called LocalCooling. LocalCooling is the brainchild of Uniblue Systems, Ltd., a software company based in Malta. The guys at Uniblue have created a small piece of software, dubbed LocalCooling, that anyone (well, its PC only so Mac users are in the dark right now) can download for free. This software is a more advanced energy management interface for your computer which will allow everyone who uses it to save energy.

According to LocalCooling, it is estimated that 30 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) are wasted each year because people forget to (or choose not to) turn their computers off when they leave their office or home. The CO2 emissions the 30 billion kilowatt hours represent are staggering considering that 15 computers cause the same amount of CO2 emissions as one car over a given time frame.

Along with the energy management software, LocalCooling has also set up a community where LocalCooling users can see the energy that the community has saved in terms of trees saved, barrels of oil saved, and so on. You can even set up teams or enroll your company to see how much you can save as a group. LocalCooling has set up a Top 100 board for companies, teams and individuals on their site to add to the interactive experience. Nothing like some healthy competition to get people going, right?

I like the idea of LocalCooling and I am planning on giving it a shot. Let’s all help LocalCooling to get to its goal of 100mm users which could amount to about 30 billion kWh of gas emissions saved each year and about $3 billion in energy cost savings.

Side note: Don’t forget terrapass. For those who don’t know, they started off allowing all of us to offset our automobile CO2 emissions. They have since expanded their service to include terrapasses that allow you to offset your home energy and plane flight CO2 emissions. If you already have a terrapass or two remember that a terrapass can make a great gift this holiday season especially for the person on your list who has everything.

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14 Comments so far
  1. Steve Wiseman November 29, 2006 11:36 pm

    Interesting idea. I wonder what it does that goes above and beyond the built-in power management that the PC already has. If it really is better, and really does save energy I should see a direct result on the life of my laptop battery while using it.

    Steve Wiseman

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  4. Michael November 30, 2006 4:45 am

    I remember years ago when California’s PG&E pleaded with the general public to conserve power to which the overall population immediately responded by savings thousands of kilowatt hours only to be rewarded with increased rates because PG&E stated that they were being denied to a make a fair profit with their business. I think that is where the apathy started. Take greed out of th equation and energy saving ideas may have a chance. Never the less I will download the software and do my part.

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  9. Stoneferry December 1, 2006 8:46 am

    It think that this is a fantastic idea and can’t wait to save lots of trees.

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  11. This software and organization look really neat. Thanks for pasing along the info!

    In fact, I’ve contacted Local Cooling to explore ways of working together with my website:

    Hopefully we can find a way to get even more people involved by helping each other out!

  12. GadgetLite Blog August 3, 2007 10:43 am fight global warming from your desktop!…

    Ok, so the topic of this post has very much been in everyone’s mind in the recent years, what’s more this software isn’t necessarily just for tree-huggers! Anyone can pitch-in to help reduce global warming directly from your desktop w…

  13. Computer Articles April 10, 2008 4:42 am

    I believe that there are more toxic activities that harm Earth like aiplanes and coal fired power plants.