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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 2016, U.S. per capita energy consumption was 302 million Btu. Louisiana had the highest total per capita primary energy consumption in 2016 at about 897 million Btu per person, mainly because it had the highest per capita industrial sector energy consumption of any state. North Dakota had the highest per capita residential energy consumption in 2016 at about 89 million Btu.

The world average per capita consumption of primary energy in 2015 was about 71 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: August 2, 2018


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