What's My Linodes Carbon Footprint?
Whats my carbon footprint. I found an article from 10 yrs ago, is it still accurate? It said: "A single Linode 360's share of its host's power consumption would be about 7.5 watts. So assuming electricity consumption of 0.0075 kW, that's 0.0075 * 24 * 365 = 65.7 kWh in one year."
This is a hard question to answer since there are so many variables that go into how much energy a Linode will use. That's why there's not much info around. I did some digging around and found that a 4 GB Linode uses about 3-6 watts. This is slightly less than the number you used.
I also want to provide you with some more information about some of our data centers. They have green initiatives to help offset our carbon footprint. If your carbon footprint is important to you, I would reccomend using these data centers.
You can find some more information about our upstream providers' initiatives here:
UPDATE: The wattage used is closer to 2.66 watts or (.00266KW) since our last estimate was done.
So a 4GB Linode running 24 hours a day would consume .064 kWh.
Looking at Equinix, the page linked says "92% renewable energy coverage globally in 2018 up from 77% in 2017". That's pretty good compared to AWS, which is 50% globally. That said, AWS now have 5 DCs that are at 100% and furthermore both Google and Microsoft are at 100% globally. This is going to be become an important differentiator for providers.