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Save energy not only by Black Google

In a January 2007 post at the EcoIron blog, Mark Ontkush estimated that Google could save 750 megaWatt hours a year using a totally black screen. He reached the conclusion by the mapping table "Display Colors vs Power Usage".

Is it only Google's duty to save the energy? Youtube, Digg, facebook...and even more. Actions speak louder than words. Let's begin.

1. Dark theme on OS

Open "Control Panel" -> "Display", Select the option "Appearance", Select "Windows Class style" in "Windows and buttons" and "High Constrant Black" in "Color scheme".
Maybe you don't like it, you can customize it by clicking the "Advanced" button.

I have modified it myself. This is the preview, and you can download here.

Alternative, you can install Uxtheme Multi-patcher 5.5, "Uxtheme Multi-patcher will allow you to use any 3rd party msstyle theme on Windows XP/SP1/SP2 or Windows Server 2003 (with Themes enabled) just by patching the uxtheme.dll (dynamic link library).".
After install UXtheme, you can download NIOR theme and apply it.

2. Dark style on popular web site

Only for firefox.
Please install Stylish plugin and Greasemonkey plugin firstly.


UserStyle: about:blank - Dark Firefox

UserStyle: Dark Sexy Firefox About:Blank


UserStyle: Google Web Search - dark gray redesign (vC)


UserStyle: Google Reader Dark by oltra


UserStyle: Dark Gmail .5 patch 3 α


UserStyle: - dark gray redesign (vC)


UserStyle: Digg v4 - Dark gray design


UserStyle: Facebook DARK


Setting by "Setting" -> "Design", fill "000000" in Background Color or upload one image in dark or grey theme


UserStyle: Flickr Image Only [Black background]

For more dark style, you can search in

3. Firefox dark skin

You can select the firefox skin in dark theme. I choose "MidnightFox 0.65" as my best skin.

4. Office2007 dark theme

Click star button in office2007, and click "XXX options". In the dialog, select "Black" in Color Scheme.

If you have others, please give me some comments. Let's share the good ideas.

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  • At 1:23 pm , Anonymous moitoius said...

    Haha!!! I love it!!! Never thought of doing that!

    Your readers may want to use the WindowsBlinds, I don't use it myself: but you can change the color of any skin!!!

  • At 4:43 pm , Anonymous Robert said...


    I use

    and I think it's good idea for help the earth with the energy saving search engine.

  • At 5:12 am , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Lots of black Googles, so use one that makes more of a difference. uses less energy but uses ALL money made to also buy carbonoffsets, so is a real green search engine.

    Use it everyday, make a difference everyday.

  • At 10:50 am , Blogger SteeL said...

    Firefox users can Style any website look with this Addon :

  • At 9:50 am , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Just stumbled onto this, but if you are using an LCD monitor, this isn't going to do much. LCDs always have the backlight on. A 'black' pixel just blocks the light from shining through. The energy use is the same.

    Doing this for a CRT would make a difference however.


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