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    anne-marie
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        Those of you who use the internet regulary may already know this, but I thought that I’d pass it on as I only recently discovered it myself.

        There is a web search now called ‘blackle’ apparently it is designed to save energy whilst using the internet and therefor help preserve the planet. I am not a ‘ban the bomb etc’ type of person, but after recently watching many programs now being shown on television about the effect of electricity usage etc effecting global warming and therefor the wild life, I have taken to using ‘blackle’ with the thinking that every little helps!

        ‘blackle’ is really easy. When you go into ‘google’ type in ‘blackle’ the next screen that comes up is black with white writing and then you just type in where ever you want to go, brits in crete or http://www.yahoo etc. The screen then lists the various web address that you may be searching for. Click on the one you want and the you carry on as normal with a white screen. You can actually see the amount of watt hours of energy that have been saved to date as its written underneath and it’s unbelievable what’s been saved already. 

        Believe it or not my husband showed me this and I was amazed that a cretan knew about saving energy ;D A lot has been written about ‘blackle’ some positive some saying it’s aload of rubbish, but until I know for sure I’m going to continue using it as it’s now become a habit for me!

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        #17299
        MartinP
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            If you are using a TFT monitor, it uses MORE energy to black out the screen than to let the white shine through. Anyway, you’ll save far more energy simply by turning down the brightness by 10%. If you really want to do this properly, run your computer system off solar energy. I’m gathering information on this and it looks as if the initial outlay on batteries, controller, inverter and panel may be around €1500. After that, it’s free until you need to replace the batteries. That might sound like a lot of money to save the planet but it will be offset by a lower electricity bill.

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            DaveB
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                And just how long will it take to recuperate your layout? Remember Gordon Brown says we only have 50 days to save the planet!

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                MartinP
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                    I doubt I’ll ever recoup the initial cost. I just want a stable supply and powering my computers from sunlight has a certain appeal.

                    recuperate (as in "better") v. : get over an illness or shock; "The patient is recuperating"

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                    Robertson
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                        477579467570727B6670140 wrote: recuperate (as in "better") v. : get over an illness or shock; "The patient is recuperating"

                        Your point being?
                        "Recuperate" is also a transitive verb meaning to recover (from financial loss) so DaveB’s use of the word is perfectly correct and you are not just a patronising pedant but an ignorant patronising pedant. Maybe you should apologise?

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                        MartinP
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                            Lipamai. You are absolutely right. I learn something new every day!
                            2 [ trans. ] recover or regain (something lost or taken) : they will seek to recuperate the returns that go with investment.

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