How The Average American Uses Energy

How Americans Use Energy

Energy Consumption Stats:

Total world energy in 2004 came from the following sources:

  • geothermal, solar, wind, and wood energy make up 1%
  • nuclear 6%
  • hydroelectric 6%
  • coal 26%
  • gas 23%
  • oil 38%
  • solar photovoltaic .04%
  • biofuels .2%
  • geothermal .2%
  • wind .3%
  • solar heat .5%

U.S. Energy Consumption

The U.S. uses 100 quadrillion BTUs (105 exajoules) per year, 3x its consumption in 1950.
Energy consumption has increased at a faster rate than energy production, so the difference is met through imports.

  • 37.14% of the US energy comes from petroleum
  • 22.42% from coal
  • 23.84% from natural gas
  • 8.46% nuclear
  • 7.30% renewable (mainly hydroelectric dams)

Electricity

Average energy consumption per year per US person: 335.9 million BTUs
World per person average: 72.4 million BTUs

  • 48.2% of US electricity comes from coal
  • 19.6% comes from nuclear
  • 3.7% comes from solar, wind, and geothermal
  • 21.4% comes from natural gas
  • 1.1% comes from oil
  • 6% comes from hydroelectric

At Home

  • 41% of energy is used for space heating
  • 20% for water heating
  • 26% for lighting and appliances
  • 8% for air conditioning
  • 5% for refridgeration

Emissions from Electric Utilities

  • Sulfur dioxide SO2 – 7,830 thousand metric tons
  • Nitrogen Oxides NOx – 3,330 thousand metric tons
  • Carbo Dioxide CO2 – 2,477,213 thousand metric tons

Single Family Dwellings

For Heating:

  • 56% use natural gas
  • 26% use electricity
  • 7% use fuel oil
  • 6% use liquefied petroleum gases
  • 1% use kerosene

For Appliances

  • 95% have a clothes washer
  • 92% have a clothes dryer
  • 74% have a personal computer
  • 84% have AC

Gasoline Stats

  • A little over a gallon of gasoline per day per person is used in America
  • Average American drives a little over 12,000 miles per year
  • Average MPG in America is 19.8

Sources: www.bts.gov www.eia.doe.gov

Visual Economics: www.visualeconomics.com

Energy Use Of A Lightbulb

How much fuel is used to light a 100 watt bulb for a whole year – 24 hours a day (that’s a total of 8760 hours) so .1KW x 8760= 876Kwh.
energy use of lightbulb

For closeups see below…

energy use of lightbulb

energy use of lightbulb

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Written by Keiren

Keiren is an artist who lives in New York City. A lover of animals, nature, science & green building. Keiren originally founded Inspiration Green in 2007, which merged with Insteading in 2016.

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