Frequently Asked Questions

How much energy does a person use in a year?

In 2011, total energy use per person (or per capita consumption) in the United States was about 313 million British thermal units (Btu). The world per capita consumption of energy1 in 2011 was about 75 million Btu. 

1Consumption data for most countries does not include biomass fuels, such as wood and charcoal used for heating and cooking, which are major energy sources in many countries. The U.S. Energy Information Administration does not have an estimate for the amount of those fuels consumed in other countries.

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Historical per capita energy consumption for the world and individual countries

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Last reviewed: May 18, 2016

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