Low Energy Background Colors

In his daily delicious, somerandomdude addresses an issue of low energy color mentioning a black google saves energy. It ends with some questions regarding web designing.

So what to do? Do we all change our vibrant ways? I would like to scale things back a tad from this site, but I am very cautious of ruining the site’s identity. Either way, this is an interesting topic in the theoretical sense. Does design on the web need to start accounting for energy efficiency for the end user? Perhaps it is just me, but it seems that with every passing day, web design becomes more and more like industrial design.
Mark Ontkush in his ecoiron shows six colors considered as low energy colors. Of course, the white color is intended to have a small proportion in a design.
Starting with the EnergyStar wattage ratings for different colors, Jon Doucette of Jonathan Design came up with the six colors at top. On average, this palette uses only about 3 or 4 watts more than a completely black screen. White is included as an accent color.


The hex codes of these colors got from somerandomdude's reply in this comment.
#822007 (rusty red), #000000 (black), #b2bbc0 (blue-grey), #19472a (forest-ish green), #3d414c (cobalt-ish), #ffffff (white)

4 comments:

Tina Friday, 23 February, 2007  

Wow.. aku baru tahu ada kaya gini segala, hehe. Thx ya mas infonya.. berguna bangetz buat orang awam kaya aku.. hehe..

anymatters Saturday, 24 February, 2007  

eike juga awam dan baru tau. thx for yr comment.

bleu Saturday, 24 February, 2007  

Actually, we can "feel" it, can't we? It seems to me the low energy colors fit better for 'day' viewing, while the other colors are more for 'evening' viewing...

anymatters Saturday, 24 February, 2007  

You're right. But, we can change the font to bright colors. I think the main issue here is the background.

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