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How much energy does a person use in a year?

In 2016, total U.S. primary energy consumption per person (or per capita consumption) was about 301 million British thermal units (Btu). In 2015, Louisiana had the highest per capita primary energy consumption 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 2016 was about 74 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: January 19, 2018

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