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7 Best Green Web Hosting Companies UK [2022 Guide]

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    If you’re a business owner, starting your own site or wanting to move host provider (like I’ve recently done) and you care about the environment, you’ll want to know all about the best green hosting providers out there. 

    All websites need a good hosting provider. It’s the host that stores your content and website files, then serves it up on computer and phone screens whenever someone lands on your site. Whether this is done fast or slow is usually down to the hosting.

    Your website can also be hosted in a more environmentally friendly manner or not. 

    In April 2022, I went through the process of migrating this website across to a green hosting provider based in the UK. I eventually decided to migrate across to Eco Web Hosting* who are featured below.

    If you’re looking to do the same or assessing your options, let’s take a look at eco hosting, what exactly it is and the best green hosting choices out there. 

    What is green hosting?

    Let’s start off with hosting in general first so we’re all clear. 

    When you build a website, you’ll also need a hosting company to store, process and secure your data on their server. These servers, which can number in the thousands, exist in data centres. 

    In a world of screens, the cloud and never to be seen data servers, you could be forgiven for thinking there’s no carbon footprint or environmental impact associated with the internet and owning a website. But there is, and it mainly comes in the form of energy use. 

    This is similar to issue behind cryptocurrencies – you can read about how environmentally friendly cryptocurrencies are here.

    Running data centres requires a lot of energy. In fact, if Google were a country it would be in the top 90 in terms of electricity usage. 

    It’s also said that around 10% of the world’s electricity consumption now happens on the internet. Some people think this is terrible but I don’t think it’s inherently a bad thing. 

    We live in an ever changing world, which is becoming more digital. This means we require more electricity. Compare it to the alternative of using fossil fuels to power human lives and it’s not that bad. After all, electricity can be generated in green, renewable ways. 

    And this is what green hosting is all about. Although there isn’t a physical presence to your digital-based website, there needs to be a physical presence to where the site data and files are stored. 

    Green hosting aims to do all this in the most environmentally friendly way possible. 

    What does eco friendly web hosting look like?

    Eco friendly hosting should be as good as any other hosting. Getting the basics right, good hosting will be:

    • Fast
    • Reliable
    • Secure

    Just because it’s better for the environment, it doesn’t mean that green hosting should be slow or unreliable. 

    However, eco hosting should be much better than traditional hosting in how it’s powered and operated. 

    For example, all data centres with lots of servers get very warm. This means they need some form of cooling system to keep everything functioning correctly. A data centre used by a green hosting company will do this in a cleaner, more eco friendly manner. 

    Here are some of the key points that makes a hosting provider more environmentally friendly:

    • Powered by renewable energy

    Data centres can be partly or fully powered by renewable energy such as solar, wind, hydroelectric and even geothermal depending on the country they’re located in.

    Most centres are powered from national grids, which provide readily available energy at a given time. However, green providers will buy Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin certificates (called a REGO) per unit of energy used to certify they have put renewable energy back into the grid. 

    • Energy efficient servers

    This is all to do with Power Usage Efficiency, or PUE for short. This is the measure of how efficient a data centre uses energy.

    The PUE is given as a ratio of the total energy needed to energy going to computing (as opposed to cooling, lighting and other overheads). The ideal PUE rating is 1.0, which would mean 100% of the energy goes to computing.

    The best ‘hyperscale’ data centres, i.e. the big ones, have a PUE of about 1.2. Google has ratio of 1.12. Big tech companies will use a lot of energy and electricity, but the silver lining I guess is that they will be doing their very best to be as energy efficient as possible. When it comes to electricity, the more efficient you are, the more money you save, which is what matters to the big corporates. 

    • Low impact cooling systems

    Related to energy efficiency mentioned above is the cooling system. All data centres will need some form of system to keep things at a cool, steady temperature. This may be via air conditioning, the use of refrigerants or local environment.

    A green host will choose the more eco friendly option. Depending on where the centres are situated in the world, it’s possible to use outside air for cooling, which is one of the best approaches. This can happen in colder places, for example in Sweden, Canada and the UK. 

    • Offsetting emissions

    Many green host providers now offer an offsetting angle with their packages. For example, Eco Web Hosting plants 10 trees a month on my behalf for the package I am on.

    As you’re likely to know, offsetting is good, but it’s not the full answer for being sustainable and eco friendly. Offsetting should always be used alongside other methods that reduce emissions and impact at source. 

    • Green business practices

    Taking a wider approach, green hosting companies should care about the bigger picture.

    How do they operate as a whole business? Do their offices use renewable energy? Do they publish an environmental report? 

    7 Best Environmentally Friendly Web Hosting UK

    Hopefully you’re a little more informed about green hosting and what it takes for providers to be more environmentally friendly. 

    Now let’s take a look at the 6 best eco web hosting companies in the UK that you can use for your website. These sustainable web hosts listed below tick the green and ethical boxes for you to host your website with a clear conscience. They’re not listed in a particular order.

    1. Eco Web Hosting

    Eco Web Hosting is the company I switched my hosting across to. So far, they’ve been fantastic. 

    Entirely based in the UK, Eco Web Hosting have been established for 15 years. They have a team full of hosting veterans who know the industry and what it takes to provide fast, secure hosting.  

    Their data centres use suppliers that provide energy purely from solar and wind power. They also have a very low power usage efficiency of 1.12. 

    Eco Web Hosting have teamed up with a number of environmentally friendly partners that are familiar to Tiny Eco Home Life, including Eden Reforestation and Ecologi – you can read my Ecologi review here.

    Key Green FeaturesTrees planted with every package
    PUE rating of 1.12
    Support Gold Standard carbon offset projects
    Free Migration Service?Yes
    Trustpilot RatingExcellent – 4.9 / 5 (570 reviews) 
    PricesFrom £3.49 a month for basic
    Up to £23.99 a month for business virtual private servers

    Head over to the Eco Web Hosting website

    2. Kualo

    Based in London, Kualo have 20 years in the hosting game – practically an eternity. During this time, they’ve hosted 100,000 websites in 90 different countries. 

    They are 100% green powered with renewable energy and have data centre and server architecture that use energy efficient principles to keep energy usage down. They also have a tree planting and carbon offsetting partnership with Ecologi

    As well as 99.9% website uptime, they kindly host charity websites for free!

    Key Green Features100% Renewable Energy Powered
    Tree planting and carbon offsetting
    Energy efficient data centres
    Free Migration Service?Yes
    Trustpilot RatingExcellent – 4.9 / 5 (1,037 reviews) 
    PricesFrom £4.99 for one site
    £14.99 a month for unlimited sites

    Head over to the Kualo website*

    Unlimited Web Hosting - Kualo

    3. 34SP

    With an office and data centre in Manchester, 34SP is a local business for me. They have a fully UK based team where they train and hiring local people. 

    They’re a hosting company I’m familiar with having used them in a professional capacity to host the joseph-holt.com website. 

    34SP have two decades in the hosting game and their northern data centre and office uses 100% renewable energy for its power. They also work with Tech Recycle to recycle their electronic waste

    As part of their offsetting approach, 34SP work with the Woodland Trust carbon project. Here, they are committed to planting 7,500 square metres of new woodland in the UK every year. This is said to remove 300 tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere – brilliant for reducing emissions and also for wildlife! You can read more about the UK woodland scene here.

    Key Green FeaturesWork with the Woodland Trust carbon project to offset emissions
    Partnered with Tech Recycle to recycle e-waste
    Powered by renewable energy (office and data centre)
    Free Migration Service?Yes
    Trustpilot RatingExcellent – 4.9 / 5 (421 reviews) 
    PricesFrom £9.95 a month for one site
    Three sites up to £19.95 a month

    Head over to the 34SP website

    4. Green Hosting 

    Set up in 2004, Green Hosting offer to host websites powered by 100% wind energy. Yes, wind and nothing else!

    They have a data centre in London, where their servers, routers and cooling systems are all powered by this renewable energy source purchased from UK wind farms. The result is eco-hosted websites with 99% uptime. 

    Green Hosting are partnered with Renewable World and donate a percentage of sales to this charity. 

    Key Green FeaturesPowered by 100% wind energy
    Partnered with Renewable World charity
    Use all UK infrastructure 
    Free Migration Service?Not stated
    Trustpilot Ratingn/a
    PricesFrom £5 a month

    Head over to the Green Hosting website

    5. Eco Hosting

    Founded in 1999, Eco Hosting were one of the first green hosts in the UK. At their recent data centre in Yorkshire, Eco Hosting are implementing cold aisle containment and free cooling chillers (from the outside air) to make it one of the most energy efficient data centres in Europe. 

    They’ve contributed towards reforestation projects in Devon, Somerset, South Wales and Scotland. Up at the Alladale project in Scotland they’re also a support of the Challenger Trust which gets young, inner city children out into the countryside to take part in nature studies, outdoor activities and tree planting. 

    Key Green Features100% UK based
    Contribute towards UK reforestation
    Energy efficient data centres
    Free Migration Service?Yes
    Trustpilot RatingExcellent – 4.9 / 5 (231 reviews) 
    PricesStarter package from £2.50 a month.
    Multiple domains from £4.99 a month

    Head over to the Eco Hosting website

    6. 20i

    Founded by experienced hosting brothers Jonathan and Tim Brearley, 20i came to fruition in 2016. Located in Nottinghamshire, the 20i office is self-powered by 2,088 solar panels. Other green practices here include the use of LED lighting and the recycling of all waste. 

    20i offer a green hosting platform that is centred around autoscaling technology. When a website is busy, resources can be allocated from their entire hosting platform. Conversely, when a website is quiet, it will take up fewer resources. 

    Their data centres in the UK and US have a PUE of 1.12 and are powered by 100% renewable energy. 

    Key Green FeaturesOffices powered by solar energy
    Efficient use of autoscaling technology
    Data centres powered by 100% renewable energy
    Free Migration Service?Yes
    Trustpilot RatingExcellent – 4.9 / 5 (1,409 reviews) 
    PricesWordPress hosting from £5.99 a month
    Up to £34.99 for unlimited websites

    Head over to the 20i website*

    7. Green House Web Hosting

    Green House Web Hosting are a fully UK based business, which has spaned out of BR Web Design in Nottinghamshire.

    Green House use energy efficient practices and offer automatic scaling, so you don’t have to worry about your server going down and it’ll use less resources when not busy. 

    They plant trees with each hosting package, for example their wordpress package will see 4 trees planted a month. They’re keeping the tree planting local too and have been planting trees at Ransom Wood business park in Nottinghamshire. They also get involved with other Gold Standard carbon certified projects to lower their environmental impact. 

    Key Green FeaturesUK tree planting with hosting packages
    Autoscaling technology
    Green business practices
    Free Migration Service?Yes
    Trustpilot RatingExcellent – 4.4 / 5 (10 reviews) 
    PricesFrom £1.99 a month to £9.99 for Eco WordPress hosting
    £14.99 for VPS hosting

    Head over to the Green House website

    Non UK green hosting

    Of course, the internet spans the globe. If you live in the UK, you don’t necessarily have to use a UK hosting provider. In theory, your site can be hosted anywhere in the world. I prefer to keep things local where possible, which is why I switched to a green provider in the UK. 

    The best environmentally friendly host I can find outside of the UK is Green Geeks. They are one of the industry leaders in green hosting. 

    Green Geeks host over half a million websites with data centres in Chicago, Phoenix, Toronto, Montreal and Amsterdam. However, I believe these data centres are not run with renewable energy, instead using fossil fuel power generation. Maybe because of this Green Geeks put three units of renewable energy back into the grid for every unit used. 

    Wrap up on environmentally friendly hosting

    You’re not short of very good, eco friendly website hosting companies that are based in the UK.

    These green hosts make sure they implement strategies and practices to reduce their carbon footprint, which mainly comes by way of energy usage. As well as improving efficiency and sourcing renewable energy power methods, a green host will also offset carbon emissions with tree planting and carbon reduction projects.

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