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.