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How much energy does a person use in a year?

In 2017, total U.S. primary energy consumption per person (or per capita consumption) was about 300 million British thermal units (Btu).

In 2015, U.S. per capita energy consumption was 304 million Btu. Louisiana had the highest per capita primary energy consumption in 2015 at about 912 million Btu per person, mainly because it had the highest per capita industrial sector energy consumption of any state.

The world average per capita consumption of primary energy in 2015 was about 73 million Btu.

Learn more:
Historical U.S. per capita energy consumption estimates (Table 1.7)
Energy Consumption Estimates per Capita by End-Use Sector, Ranked by State
International primary energy consumption for the world and regions
International population statistics for the world and regions
Historical data on U.S. energy consumption by energy source (Table 1.3)
Historical data on U.S. energy consumption by sector
Energy units and calculators

Last updated: June 12, 2018


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