Green Web Hosting; REC's at FastHosts

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It's interesting how when the economy hit the skids you heard less and less (or anything at all) about the "green" movement. For those Web professionals who are still dedicated to making a difference in the environment, however, reseller web hosting provider FastHosts announced they are now participating in a green initiative which ensures all of their services run from a green data center. 

As part of United Internet's Global Green Initiative, over 30K tons of CO2 are saved each year. Fasthosts has purchased enough Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from the non-profit, Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF), to match 100 percent of the electricity used at the company's data center. While green purists often scoff at the idea of only "offsetting" CO2 with these RECs, it does show a commitment to the environment and is something that resellers can use as a marketing tool with green-sensitive hosting customers.

"At Fasthosts it is important for us to offer our resellers a service that will allow them to succeed.  Environmentally conscious products and services are in a great demand now, so we've decided to offer our resellers the ability to sell a green product at no extra cost.  Besides being a valuable selling point for our resellers, Fasthosts is proud to be an environmentally responsible company," said Steve Holford, CMO of Fasthosts.

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Mike Wilton 02-18-2009 10:41 AM

I have been searching for a green alternative to my current hosting company; do you guys know how reliable Fasthost's service is?  I have been using the green hosting company ThinkHost for about the last year and have had horrible experiences with them.  Over the last few months I have been seeking a green alternative and have come up empty handed.

Peter A. Prestipino 02-18-2009 10:58 AM

If by reliable you mean "uptime" or availability then yes, fasthosts is a good service - they are part of United Internet (1and1) so certainly have the technical expertise and redundancy. As an aside, there is a big difference between pure green hosts and those hosts that offset their carbon footprint with the REC's mentioned in the post.

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