my name is Natasha and I run a freelance web design business called deep roots I've been with greengeeks for about two years now I originally chose them for a few reasons I did a lot of research on what hosting company I should go with after being realized for six months to a year I dealt with a handful of other hosting companies so I realized that it was a really big decision to choose who I was going to be going with I knew that I definitely wanted to go with green company that provided at least some some offsets with renewable energy so after looking around at the span of them i really liked that greeks was offering three two one win credit so more than just you know becoming Net Zero they were actually sort of improving things better than what they were and they began with they have really great pricing so it was made in an easier decision for me to start off with with the reseller plans are sort of three packages that you can you know start off when you just have a few sites and then work your way up as you develop more site so i really enjoyed that option as well i ended up really going with them because of some of the things that were but a deeper on their website about how they run their business sort of their mission statements and their mandates I really appreciate it they talked about you know doing potluck lunches at their office I feel it's really important to always support companies that you believe in and especially as an entrepreneur you know companies that I would want to work for companies that I value so if I can definitely tell my clients that you know through start to finish their whatever their business is touching it's something that they would also agree in in the two years have been with greengeeks I've really appreciated the umpteen times I've had to you know go to them for support you know starting out you have a lot of questions about you know why isn't this WordPress thing working or what PHP am i running on so I can just hop on the website use live chat get the answers I need fairly quickly and if I can't find them I can just shoot an email off to the support email and generally hear back within a couple of hours which is great for them too much to let me know how long it's going to take for me to find out with those tight deadlines it can be you know really stressful that something isn't working the last few hours before you're supposed to get a website up and it's always been there too you point me in the right direction as to why something might not be working or you know how we can solve it so I really appreciate that I hope more people use cream cakes I think supporting a green hosting company is really important with the data centers growing you know exponentially in the next few years it's definitely going to start to impact us in a lot more ways whether people realize it or not that bauxite sand and the internet though it you know as described as a cloud is actually you know somewhat of a tangible thing and it does have effects on the planet and it's worth thinking about so hello green Keats and I will stay with them for as long as I'm doing websites .
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In order to compensate for the power we pull from the grid we purchase wind energy credits for the energy we consume from the grid. In fact we replace, with wind power, 3 times the amount of energy used by our servers so if we pull 1X of power from the grid we purchase enough wind energy credits to put back into the grid 3X of power having been produced by wind power.
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In addition to purchasing wind energy credits Green Geeks works on all of our servers and reconfigures them so that they run more efficiently using less energy and running cooler. What this means is less energy consumption on the server as well as less energy needed to cool the server. (Co-location data centers are constantly cooled [24x7x365] by enormous cooling fans which use a tremendous amount of energy). These attentions to detail on the servers allow us to be more energy efficient in our data centers, but we don.t stop there.
Green Geeks is also hyper conscious about our carbon footprint in our offices. We employ rigorous recycling in our offices and we make sure that only legal and essential documents are printed to conserve paper. Any non essential documents which are printed by mistake are returned to the recycle paper area of the office for reuse in any other printing that we need to do. In addition we employ auto lighting control systems to make sure that the lights are not on when no one is in their offices and we make sure we power down all office equipment when not in use.
Lunch and dinner at the office. Our employees take turns bringing in home cooked meals to the office to reduce the amount of times we go out to eat which helps keep bodies in their seats for your support as well as reduce the amount of paper, plastic and Styrofoam which typically come with take out orders.
Telecommuting: Green Geeks searches for top notch personnel and sometimes we find talented and skilled service personnel who are not located near our offices. Rather than try to relocate these talented employees we allow them to telecommute from home or a shared office near them. This allows some of our employees to not have to commute to work saving money and carbon emissions on gas consumption for their cars.