Visualizing A Lifetime Of Human Energy Consumption

In his second State of the Union address, President Obama made it clear that energy is one of the most important issues facing the United States today.

Although the President mentioned that he would champion investment in clean energy, like wind and solar power, it’s clear that fossil fuels will still be around for a few years to come.

Education is key when it comes to understanding the need for new technologies and alternative sources of energy. Often, people don’t really realize how much energy is required for each and every one of their daily activities.

Day to day waste may not seem significant, but added up over larger periods of time, an individual’s waste can be much larger than most realize. Energy audits, power saving gadgets, and energy monitors can help you evaluate your family’s energy usage over time, and show you areas where you can improve.

This infographic shows what consumption looks like over the course of a lifetime at average consumption and waste levels (click here to see original).

Are there any behaviors or activities listed here that you think you could change or eliminate to conserve energy? Share your thoughts in a comment.

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Image Credit: Flickr - Beige Alert


Ruth R.
Ruth R6 years ago

When the gov. the corp. and the banks of countries back solar and wind, this article will be even more interesting.

K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

John S.
Past Member 6 years ago

Thanks, would have like to see the slide but could not expand it.

jane richmond
jane richmond6 years ago


Bon L.
Bon L6 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Eternal Gardener
Eternal G6 years ago


Ramona Thompson7 years ago

Thanks and Antonio a Green Star for you.

Rose N.
Past Member 7 years ago

Thank you for posting.

Will L.
Past Member 7 years ago


Carol Cowbrough
Carol C7 years ago

Interesting article. Thank you.