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Google Goes Green - 'Net Briefs

Posted on 9.25.2011

In order to prove once and for all that it’s not bad for the planet, Google has revealed the details about the amount of electricity it uses and how much greenhouse gases it produces. The company claims that it used 2.3 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity last year — the same amount that 207,000 U.S. homes would use in a year; however, it is also half the amount of energy as some of the biggest power consumers such as oil companies, automakers and steel companies expend. Additionally, to reduce the impact of its power usage, Google is buying renewable power, investing in renewable energy projects, making its data centers more efficient and funding projects that remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, which are known as carbon offsets.

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