I see there are "wind and solar powered
" web hosts and I assume they just buy carbon and alternate energy credits because I doubt your site would stay up when it's dark and the wind isn't blowing. I saw Dreamhost described as a "carbon-neutral company
" the other day. If I wanted to offset the energy required to power the mefi servers, how would I go about doing that? Just calculate hours in a day multiplied by the watt rating on the power supplies (as a worst-case scenario), then just buy alternate energy credits
for that amount? (asking here because it's mefi related)
...and yeah, I know it's precious and a bit silly to buy credits when you can't really run a computer off wind and solar power 24/7 and it doesn't account for the power required by thousands of readers but I'm genuinely curious and would do it if it was a cost within reason.