The Best Browser for Your Power Bill

The Best Browser for Your Power Bill

Microsoft thinks it has a solution to help manage your power bills: Use Internet Explorer.

The tech giant has published a study it commissioned, which tips IE as the most energy-efficient browser on Windows 8.

Internet Explorer uses up to 18 per cent less energy than Google Chrome (version 26) and Mozilla Firefox (version 21), according to the study, conducted by the Center for Sustainable Energy Systems at Fraunhofer USA.

Still, the differences between all three browsers are small: Average power draw measurements for notebooks and desktops vary by no more than five points. Really, it’s the use of Flash for video that provides the most pronounced results — that 18.6 per cent less energy Microsoft boasted about. | Stephanie Mlot | June 10, 2013

From study by Center for Sustainable Energy Systems at Fraunhofer USA
Charts from study by Center for Sustainable Energy Systems at Fraunhofer USA

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5 thoughts on “The Best Browser for Your Power Bill”

  1. Geez, it’s not rocket science. Open up all your browsers and check the memory load in WTM. IE does in fact use less of a resource load than the others…and that would translate, though minimally, to less power used. You may be a Microsoft doubter, but all they’re stating is the obvious.

    1. @John:
      Not really. If the computer is on, it’s drawing the same 65 watts @ 19.5 volts regardless of what application your running. The only conceivable difference is on the CPU/memory load.

      The way to reduce the actual “power usage” (in the sense the term is used in this article) is to use the power management panel and do things like dim the screen, have the power reduced/cut to peripherals that aren’t in use, etc.

      But as far as apps go, to make the most efficient use of the power being drawn, you actually want the usage to be as close to 100% as possible. This may have a negative impact on the responsiveness of your computer.

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