While it is clear that behavior affects energy consumption, it is not always clear how much and via which channels. An example of badly understood (and hence untapped) energy savings potentials comes from the way we navigate the internet, as documented by the staff at a company called BatteryBox.

They show how browsing the same web pages with different browsers, or browsing different web pages with the same browsers, can lead to notebook battery life savings as long as 4 hours. While the research is far from being comprehensive, it highlights how both users and developers of software can be as responsible for energy efficiency improvements as the hardware makers themselves.