Have you ever wondered how much energy goes into a simple Google search, or why it is that Google is spending so much money on alternative energy sources to power their servers?

Have you ever wondered how much energy goes into a simple Google search, or why it is that Google is spending so much money on alternative energy sources to power their servers? It’s because two Google searches from a desktop computer uses about the same amount of energy as boiling a kettle. If you’re like me, and use Google pretty much all day, that’s a lot of tea to make up for. Not to mention, it’s estimated there are about 200 million searches that take place every day, and that number is only growing. So next time you’re going to Google the URL you think you know, type it in your address bar first and save a cup of tea for later.

Update: According to TechCrunch, the Times’ teapot research is inaccurate

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