Inspiration

We aim at solving the second SAP challenge through a Chrome extension.

The top google searches (and anecdotal evidence) reveal that many people search google for the website they want to visit, instead of entering the url directly, although they know what page they want to go to. Statistics show that a single google search needs as much as 0.3 Wh and emits more than 0.2 g of CO2. If we can reduce the unneccessary google searches, we can also reduce emissions! (and save some time and money as well).

What it does

Ecoify catches all google searches for a given set of sites and redirects to the actual site, instead of making google search for it - and reducing your carbon footprint while you're at it! Furthermore, we count the number of redirected requests and show you how much CO2 you saved.

How we built it

Ecoify is built as a chrome extension which consists of plain javascript and some html and css for styling. Moreover, we published the extension on the chrome webstore, so users can install it more easily.

Challenges we ran into

The chrome web API is sometimes not clear, and especially storing data is not trivial.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

The extension is working as intended an can even be installed through the web store! Also, the CO2 saving is synched with your google account, so all your devices keep track of what you did for the environment. Additionally we also built a website to describe our goal. You can directly install the extension from there as well (https://ecoify.org/).

What we learned

We learned a whole lot of frontend design and browser APIs, and how simple things like not searching on Google can have a profound impact on the environment!

What's next for Ecoify

Ecoify can be ported to other browsers such as Firefox. Methods are already in place to add more redirection rules, and edit or delete existing ones. It would be great if partners wanted to use Ecoify in their company to impact their employees browsing!

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