- The utility company powering our datacenter is renowned across North America for their innovative renewable energy generation. In fact, 97% of Hydro-Québec energy is produced from renewable alternative energy sources mainly water turbines and hydroelectric dams. Additionally, Hydro-Québec supports the development of wind energy through purchases from independent power producers. It also conducts research in energy-related fields such as energy efficiency.
- Our servers utilize thermally designed chassis designed by industry leading computer manufacturers Intel, HP and Supermicro to take advantage of air circulation and therefore reducing the need for high powered cooling and thus reduces power consumption.
- They say size matters. Such is the same in datacenters. Servers can range in size from 1U (1.75″) to 4U (7″ thick) or even full towers. The bigger the server, the more power it will require and more heat it will generate hence needing more cooling. In our datacenter, we put all efforts into using 1U based servers, taking the least amount of space and generating the least amount of power/heat.
- We do utilize electronic invoicing and accounting systems with least amount of paper waste. This includes sending all invoices electronically by default. Requesting from our suppliers to send us bills and further communications strictly in electronic formats. Inside the office, we stress the importance of using recycled paper and print non-essential materials on both sides of the page.
Though we’ve taken many steps to reduce our effect on the environment, we do know there are many more things can be done. But hopefully if all hosting companies follow our example, we’ll be able to sustain our environment for many generations to come.