We’ve gone green!
Free technical support and carbon neutral?
Yes, that’s right! Here at Technical-Assistance.co.uk we’ve acknowledged that we need to be environmentally responsible in the real world, when operating in a virtual one. Data centres containing web servers, like the one we use to host Technical-Assistance.co.uk, draw huge amounts of electricity to power the servers, and also to keep them cool. It’s not something we generally think about while surfing our favourite websites, but the reality is the web is a massive source of pollution and a big contributor to global warming.
What are you doing about it?
Well, after careful consideration, we have opted to have our website hosted with a provider that thinks like we do. We wanted a hosting provider that can give us the service we (and you) need, but without it literally costing the earth. That’s why we chose Hostgator as our web host. They have ensured that the equivalent of 130% of the energy their servers and cooling systems use is generated on their behalf by wind turbines. This ensures that this website runs without generating CO2! Read more about what they are doing here.
So is that it?
No. We are still not happy with just having our website run on green energy. It might make the day to day running of the servers carbon neutral, but it doesn’t address energy used by the team updating the website, or any other administrative work. That’s why we have pledged to donate to Trees for Cities on a monthly basis.
Who are Trees for Cities?
Trees for Cities are a charity organisation that plant trees in urban areas. This helps to reduce CO2 in the atmosphere and makes our cities a nicer place to live. You can find out more on their website (www.treesforcities.org).
I bet you don’t really contribute
We do, and you can check from our independent fundraising page. Technical-Assistance.co.uk is a relatively small website, and we don’t charge for our services. We rely on the small amount of income from advertisements on our web pages, and kind donations from people we’ve helped to pay for the running of the site; if we have some spare cash then we contribute to Trees for Cities. Now the site is becoming more established, we are confident we can make a small donation every month.
How can I help?
Well, using a website hosted with green power doesn’t mean that you are generating no CO2 by using it. The electricity used to power an average PC for one hour generates about 200 grams of CO2, so you too could contribute and help us raise money for Trees for Cities to offset this. £25 pays for a tree to be planted and cared for until it is mature enough to look after itself. One tree will offset the CO2 generated by an average computer used 8 hours a day, 5 days a week for 10 months! The trees also provide other benefits like reduced energy consumption from buildings close to them, and making the environment a nicer place. You can contribute as little or as much as you like from our fundraising page, or donate directly to our website with the button below.