Acorn Host is a green reseller host. Reseller host means that Acorn Host buy hosting space from another web host and sell that space to their own customers. Reseller hosting is not unusual, your current host is probably a reseller host.

This is what Acorn Host say about themselves:



Web hosting from a company that shares your values. We are dedicated to being a company that enriches and supports life. We offer exceptional uptime, responsive service, and carbon neutral hosting.



Sounds good, but let’s get back to the reseller part. From what we have been able to dig up Acorn Host servers are located in a data-centre owned by either ServInt or SwitchMedia (I would bet my money on ServInt). But none of these two web hosts are a green web host. So that means Acorn Host is not a reseller host of another green web host.

But how is Acorn Host a green web host then you might ask? Well, Acorn Host says this on their site:



Acorn Host purchases Green Certificates monthly for the amount of energy that is used to run the servers, office equipment, lights, etc. Green Certificates (also known as Green Tags) are a simple way to offset the use of carbon-based energy sources and effectively power a business (or your home) on 100% renewable energy resources, without changing electricity providers. Find out more about the Green Certificates program at 3phases.com.

Acorn Host buys energy credits (also known as RECs or Green Tags) to make their hosting green. This is not the best way to be a green web host on, but it is a start. Green Blog would love to see Acorn Host become greener by taking part in more “green projects” or actually doing it's hosting like Aiso. But being a reseller host is not the easiest thing. You can’t buy your own data-centres just like that. So we understand if Acorn Host can’t be any better. That is why we need to put more pressure on our governments and energy suppliers to drop the investments in fossil fuels and nuclear energy and start supporting renewable energy. That way all hosts will become green web hosts to a certain extent.

I also want to mention that the most recognized certifier of RECs is Green-e, an independent, non-profit group that verifies renewable energy credits and certifies that they are what they claim to be. Acorn Host uses this RECs certifier.

But does Acorn Host offer anything more worth mentioning? Well in fact they do. Acorn Host is woman owned and offers discounts to non-profit organisations.

http://www.acornhost.com
We normally don't do commercials here on the Green Blog but this commercial is so funny that we just have to share it with you. Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mTLO2F_ERY


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I got a new book called Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet at the end of last week. And to tell you the truth I haven’t been able to get it out of my head. Whenever I get a free moment I try to read a few pages more. It is such a great book!
Mark Lynas is the author of the book. He has also written High Tide, a superb book too (which I have also read). But what is this new book all about then? The title of the book is Six Degrees because the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts that at the end of this century global temperatures would have risen by between 1.4°C and 5.8°C (this worst-case scenario was raised to 6.4°C earlier this year).



My idea was to piece together all the available scientific projections for the impacts of this warming on a degree-by-degree basis, with a chapter for 1 degree, 2 degrees and so on up the scale.

The book is easy to read, easy to understand, interesting and just plain great. You don’t need to be a scientist to understand this book. It is written so that you and me can fully understand it.

If you are only thinking of buying one book this year then you should buy Six Degrees. If you aren’t thinking of buying any book at all please consider long (not too long) and hard about buying this book. Buy the book to your friends and families, I know I will.

Buy Six Degrees:
- Friends of the Earth
- Amazon.co.uk
- Amazon.com (This title will be released on January 22, 2008.)

Reviews of Six Degrees:
- The Independent, review by Marek Kohn on 13 April 2007.
- The Sunday Times, review by Fred Pearce on 8 April.
- Daily Mail, review by Hephzibah Anderson on 30 March.
- Guardian, review by Josh Lacey on 14 April.
- New Statesman, review by Johann Hari on 2 April.
- Financial Times, review by Ludovic Hunter-Tilney on 7 April.
WebCtel was founded in 2000, in New England and is the only solar powered web hosting services provider of that area. WebCTel provides website design, maintenance and support, application development, productivity tools and consulting.



WebCTel is headquartered in the Greenworks Building in East Cambridge, site of a former rubber manufacturing facility. The contaminated building has been reclaimed and now provides office space to businesses and non-profit organizations that place an emphasis on environmental protection and implementing social change.



WebCtel uses solar energy to power-up the offices and servers. The solar panels are constituted by small photovoltaic cells made of thin layers of silicon and other conductive materials. When in direct contact with sunlight occur a chemical reaction similar with photosynthesis in plants and then stored in their battery storage bank or directly use.

This Web host is also involved in several community activities: sponsoring volunteer events, donating 2% of their annual profits to community groups and non-profit organizations and inviting school groups and others to visit their facility and learn more about alternative energies.



Through our community outreach efforts, we're helping to build the backbone of a thriving society.

Besides the all the benefits to environment and to the community WebCtel provides a variety of services in order to serve different clients. Among those services we can find the CMS (Compliance Management System); the SOPs (Standard Online Permitting Solutions) and the SDVMA (Supplier Diversity Vendor Management Application).

For more information visit: www.webctel.com
Athenaeum is one of the green web hosts that we recommend. Athenaeum is a family owned web host located in the UK. Jamie Simpson and Sue Rhodes are the owners. They are both vegetarians since several years ago. This is what they say about themselves:


Ecological Hosting is an ethically run, reliable and responsible Internet hosting company. We are a small, friendly, family run business providing services with a personal touch. All our servers, offices and the data centre we use operate on renewable energy.

Our main hosting environment operates from a data centre running on solar power with a solar panel array capable of generating upto sixty kilowatt-hours of electricity each day. We are the only UK company (to our knowledge) offering hosting based in a data centre facility powered entirely by solar energy.

With prices starting at just £23.50 per year, there really is no reason to ignore your conscience. Make the switch today and help protect our environment.



Jamie SimpsonSue RhodesThey maintain Athenaeum from their home which means they have no CO2 polluting travels to their office. Does it sound weird that they maintain and run a web host from their home? Well maybe a little. But Athenaeum is at the moment an Aiso reseller (Aiso is another fully green web host that we support. If you are interested we have written about Aiso before). That means they buy hosting space from the green web host Aiso and sell to their own customers. Reseller hosting is not unusual, your current host is probably a reseller host.
Athenaeum uses recycled paper for most of their office printing. They recycle used office paper and card. They review their suppliers and their own measures to reduce the amount of paper they use (e.g. email invoices, online banking, reusing envelopes, using online government systems for VAT returns etc). Athenaeum also reuses equipment and buys things that last longer, meaning they try to waste as little recourses as possible.

Athenaeum plans on building a green data centre in the UK. They have no final details yet, but they have a very clear vision of what their “ideal” would be. For an example check this image.

http://www.ecologicalhosting.com

Aiso

By Green Blog, in Green Web Hosting,

Aiso uses 120 solar panels to power their offices and servers. Aiso is located in Romoland, California just 120 miles East of Los Angeles and is one of the few green web hosts that have been around for a really long time. Aiso started their businesses 1997 and they "are growing an average of twenty percent per year and expect this trend to increase over the next few years". Being one of the first green web hosts really helps, then you can be sure they offer green hosting because they actually cares.
Aiso are one of the few hosts that offers hosting 100% powered by solar panels, a renewable and clean energy source. They don't buy any energy credits (RECs) to offset their environmental footprint.


AISO.Net is a reliable and responsible green web hosting company. We have made a strong commitment to help fight pollution and preserving our natural resources. Solar panels run our data center and office, not energy credits. Solar tubes bring in natural light from the outside providing light during the day. AMD Opteron powered servers use sixty percent less energy and generate fifty percent less heat. These are just some of the ways AISO.Net is becoming the world's most responsible green web hosting company.


If you want you can watch their 120 solar panels on a live security camera here. The solar panels doens't just power their data center and servers, they also power their offices. According to BP Solar, Aisos solar panel system will eliminate the production of: 19,890 pounds of Carbon Dioxide (CO2/GHG) per year, 5.9 pounds of Nitrous Oxide (NOX/smog) per year, and 0.45 pounds of Sulfur Dioxide (SO4/acid rain) per year. This is the equivalent of planting 3.5 acres of trees per year or driving a vehicle for 24,671 miles (9.7 times from LA to NY) per year.

Aiso data center and office interior is completely built using steel. Aiso also has 7 solar tubes which bring in natural light from the outside. That means that they don't need to run lighting during the day. Their backup generator is runs on propane gas. Propane gas is cleaner burning than diesel and does not emit large amounts of carbon dioxide and produces no sulfur dioxide or particulate which is the primary causes of the greenhouse effect and acid rain.

Doesn't all that sound great? But wait! There is more. Aiso is also planning on placing a green roof for the data center. They will also replace all their compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) with LED lightning (contain no mercury).


The green roof is a layer of dirt 3 to 4 inches thick with drought resistant plants. The new green roof can reduce our cooling and heating requirements by up to 50%. When finished, AISO will be the first and only public data center in North America with a green roof.
As a little side note Aiso is the hosting provider of Live Earth (SOS).

http://www.aiso.net
From commercial director Mac Carter and producer Sean Welch (Spellbound, Rocket Science) comes a short film about one ordinary guy's extraordinary effort to make a difference in global warming. Commissioned for the Live Earth SOS campaign this sweet film follows Dave and his dogs as they tour Los Angeles Asian food restaurants in search of waste vegetable oil to turn into biodiesel.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjQ237KsxYo
http://veggy-diesel.spaces.live.com
Fujitsu Siemens Computers says that their brand new tower server Primergy TX120 is the most energy efficient server in the world. Primergy TX120 is said to consume 40% less energy than conventional tower servers. The Primergy TX120 is also one-third the size and makes half the noise (producing 28dB while idling and 31dB in operation).


TX120 uses a redesigned heat pipe air cooling system. Although previous systems have used heat pipe cooling, reducing the size of the unit required a new component alignment strategy. In the TX120 all heat producing components, CPU, chipsets, etc, are strictly aligned along a linear heat pipe. Two small temperature controlled fans also sit either side of the pipe in a push-pull arrangement. Another benefit of the heat pipe is it enables the user to choose either vertical or horizontal server installation. Unlike water cooling used in some small servers, heat pipe provides similar quiet operation, requires fewer components, and with no potential leakage problems is more reliable.
According to Fujitsu Siemens Computers the use of TX120 instead of a larger tower server can reduce CO2 emissions by the equivalent of planting 31 cedar trees per year.


To design and host your site, all you need to do is to contact the right hosting service. Services like powweb and ix web hosting are very user compatible. If one has to, one can also go through the online tutorials. This is also to confirm that cheap web hosting does not have to be stigmatized with anything cheap and miniscule. A cheap hosting site is also just a personal blog.
It's here and LIVE! First out is Australia at 01:15 GMT.

Watch Live Earth live on MSN. Learn more about Live Earth and sign the pledge.

Answer the call!
The energy revolution starts today! Join the global movement and take action against the climate crisis: http://www.liveearth.org

You can also join Greenpeace’s seven step challenge to cut down on your energy usage: greenpeace.org/international/campaigns/climate-change/take_action/7steps

Thank you!
We understand that our first challenge "Move to a green web host" might be a bit hard and difficult to do. It’s hard to find a good web host that you personally can feel happy with. Or maybe you are afraid of moving your blog to a new web host, afraid of loosing those blog posts or anything else important.

But don’t worry! We will help you in any way we can. Because this is one of the most important things you can do to help fight global warming. You can contact us with any questions you may have about challenge number one.

Now lets start the tutorial!



Some web hosts offers automatic backup of your web host account. But not everyone does this. And really, you can still loose everything even if your host makes automatic backups. So the safest and easiest way to sleep on nights is to do the backups yourself. But how do you really do an easy backup of your whole hosting account? It’s actually very easy! Just follow this short and easy guide about how to make a full backup of your host account.

I will show you how to do a backup using your hosts cpanel. Pretty much all hosts use cpanel or at least something that resembles cpanel. Okay, let’s get started!

First of all you need to login to your cpanel account. The easiest way to do this is to type in your domain name and add “:2082” after it. So it looks like this: http://www.yourdomain.com:2082. This will take you to your cpanel account.

Now find an icon or a text called “Backups” or something like that. On the image below you will see how my “Backup” looks like in cpanel 11.



Now you will be taken to a page where you can download or restore your MySQL Databases and a few other things. But you don’t want to download a single Database file. You want to make a full backup. Look for a link or a button called “Download or Generate a Full Backup”. This one is often located at the top of the page.

You will now be taken to another page. It is here you will do your full backup. The easiest way to make a full backup is to choose “Home Directory” as “Backup Destination”. Type your email address. You will receive an email telling you when the backup is completed. You don’t have to care about the other fields. Now click on the button called “Generate Backup”.



Now you are almost done! As I said before an email will be sent to you when the backup has been completed. So wait until you receive the email.

Got the email now? Great! Now you can login with your FTP program and you will find the backuped file zipped and ready to be downloading in the Home Direcotry of your host account.

Now you are finished! Just don’t forget to download the backup file to your own computer.

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