When you are browsing around on the Internet, reading your emails, watching online videos, chatting with friends and co-workers etc you probably donâ€™t think about the many and massive data centers that are needed to run all those things.
Just in USA alone these data centers used enough energy to power nearly 6 million homes during 2005. And the energy usage is expected to double by year 2011.
New Hampshire Public Radio's Amy Quinton takes a closer look on what is being done to make these "SUV's of the tech world" more energy efficient and green, something that might not be as easy as you think.
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