U.S. Energy Information Administration - EIA - Independent Statistics and Analysis
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 U.S. was 312 million British thermal units (Btu). This was about 1.3% less than the 316 million Btu per capita consumed in 2010. It was 13% less than the per capita consumption in 1978, which was the highest since 1949. The world per capita consumption of energy1 in 2009 was 71 million Btu.
1Includes only coal, electricity, natural gas, and petroleum fuels that are produced and sold in conventional markets. Biomass fuels such as wood and charcoal used for heating and cooking are not included; EIA does not have an estimate for the amount of those fuels consumed in other countries.
Last updated: February 12, 2013
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