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How much energy does a person use in a year?

In 2011, total primary energy consumption per person (or per capita consumption) in the United States was about 310 million British thermal units (Btu). The world per capita consumption of primary energy in 2011 was about 75 million Btu.1

1 The international energy statistics for total primary energy consumption published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration includes the consumption of petroleum, dry natural gas, coal, nuclear electricity, hydroelectricity, nonhydroelectric renewable electricity, and net electricity imports (electricity imports minus electricity exports). Total primary energy consumption per capita is calculated by dividing total primary energy consumption in quadrillion Btu by the population in millions.

Learn more:
International primary energy consumption and population statistics for the world and regions
International primary energy consumption and population statistics for the United States
Historical U.S. per capita energy consumption estimates
Historical data on U.S. energy consumption by source (Table 1.3)
Energy units and calculators

Last updated: April 18, 2017

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