I recently wrote a piece for my sustainable web development-focused side project on the benefits of using Dark Mode. The importance of creating more eco-friendly, less carbon-intensive websites is not to be underestimated. We all need to be doing more to help make the web a more sustainable entity.
Dark by design. Lighter in environmental impact.
Dark Mode is one small step to help towards creating a website that has a lower carbon impact. By moving to a design that uses dark colours you can reduce the battery drain on mobile devices by 1-23%. That might not seem like much, but extrapolate that over thousands of websites and millions of users, it adds up to a significant improvement. Less battery drain means less charging is needed. Therefore, less electricity and energy are used to power those devices over time. That’s a win-win in my book.
That’s why I decided to go with a dark design for this very website. Dark by design. Lighter in environmental impact.
To find out more about the impact Dark Mode can have and how to implement it on your own website, head over to the-sustainable.dev