Eco-Friendly Website Design

You probably haven’t thought about the impact of your website on the environment, and to be honest it’s never been front page news. Why mention the internet when you can blame air travel?

The carbon footprint of our gadgets, the internet and the systems supporting them account for about 3.7% of global greenhouse emissions opens a new window, according to some estimates. It is similar to the amount produced by the airline industry globally and it’s only set to increase with our design to consume more data.

How I can make a difference

Yes, Sam, that’s all well and good but how are you going to change the world?
Well, I’m not going to change the world but I’m going to do my part to try and stop the emissions for the internet to grow higher.

Planning, strategy, SEO, and content writing are all important parts of building greener websites, so the steps I take during your website project, all help in making your website greener along with the added benefit of being a more user-friendly website as well.

Minimizing the size of your website

The average website today is far more complex than when I originally started, the possibilities are truly endless, but there’s the catch, that bit of code that animates your header adds to the size of your website.

Every element that makes up your website, including its HTML, CSS, & Javascript code, images, videos, and text, can be measured by its file size. 

When a user visits your website, all that data has to be transferred from your server to the user’s computer. 

So I make your overall website file size as small as possible to reduce the energy needed for transferring the files to your visitor, using a number of processes and best practices.

Ongoing Website Management

Many people don’t factor this in when looking for a website, however, the internet is constantly evolving so the code and the best-practices change with it. Something considered best practice today could be surpassed by technology tomorrow.

Having a Website management plan in place allows me to ensure your website keeps up with the changes in technology going forward.

Websites that aren’t cared for can become a huge drain on resources. By taking the proper precautions, you can reduce your website’s carbon footprint over its lifespan.

Giving Back to the Environment

Although I create websites to be as eco-friendly as possible I have also decided to give back to the environment with every website I create. I’m not just planting trees however as this isn’t an immediate solution to the problem. Trees take many years to actually sequester the carbon they are more of a ‘future proofing’ solution.

I check each website I create using the Website Carbon Calculator opens a new window to estimate the emissions I then purchase trees and carbon credits from egologi opens a new window to offset the website’s CO2 emissions every year. If you take up a website management plan along with your website this is then doubled.

This ensures your website is climate positive from the moment its launched and for the rest of its lifetime. It’s not a solution to the world’s problem but at least I won’t be making it worse.

To Sum Up

One of the best discoveries I’ve found is that not only are all my efforts in creating an eco-friendly website better for the environment they are also better for the end user as well.

With careful planning, we can reduce the number of pages a visitor needs to load, which not only reduces energy consumption but makes for a better user experience.

By minimizing the size of websites, not only does it take less energy to transfer them to visitors, but they load quicker.

And by continuing to optimize websites, I’m able to reduce their impact on the environment and extend their lifespan (giving my customers a better return on investment). 

If you’re looking for ways to reduce your energy consumption online, here are a few simple steps you can take:

Want to start reducing your company’s impact on the environment?  opens a new windowSee how your website currently performs or schedule a quick chat and let’s see how we can improve your site’s impact.