05/16/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

No Spam Filter? You've Got a Bigger Carbon Footprint

You could be racking up your electric bill by just letting spam slip into your inbox. Yes, even when you haven't the slightest desire to "watch Avril Lavigne naked," "purchase cheap and affordable drugs online," or develop a friendship with Melinda who cheekily says "I like that smile big boy," (no matter that you happen to be female).

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We are talking about the virtual spam here, not the meat delicacy, but you get the point. Photo via Flickr.

According to a report by global professional services firm ICF International for security company McAfee,

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As well as cutting productivity, spam email harms the environment, wasting enough energy each year to power 2.4 million homes. Each year, 62 trillion spam emails are sent, wasting 33 billion kilo watt-hours (KWh) of power.

Photo via Flickr.

The report shows that 75 percent of this wasted energy is by us, the end user--consumed during all that time it takes us to delete the unsolicited junk. Therefore, having a smart spam filter is not only necessary for our sanity, it also has the global equivalent of taking 2.3 million cars of the road.

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