Did you know .... it takes 0.0003 kWh per Google Search (and more!)

Google's Energy Consumption:

Google says it spends about 0.0003 kWh of energy on an average search query, translating to roughly 0.2g of carbon dioxide. Related fact: searching the web 100 times is equivalent to drinking 1.5 tablespoons of orange juice, Google says. That’s hard work!

 

Fun Facts:

  • One Google search is equal to turning on a 60W light bulb for 17 seconds.
  • Google uses enough energy to continuously power 200,000 homes.
  • Google accounts for roughly 0.013 percent of the world’s energy use.
  • YouTube can stream for three days on the energy it takes to make a DVD.
  • Google’s carbon footprint is zero (after offsets)

Lightning Bolt Energy:

Lightning is mother nature’s very own brand of electricity - and it’s a force to be reckoned with. Every day there are over eight million lightning strikes across the world. With the onset of global warming, that's set to rise. Each bolt superheats the air around it to about 54,000 degrees Fahrenheit - five times hotter than the sun.


Fun Facts:

  • A lightning strike discharges about 1-10 billion joules of energy and produces a current of 30,000 – 50,000 amps.
  • A single lightning bolt unleashes as much energy as blowing up a ton of TNT
  • A strike is actually made up of between three and twelve individual lightning ‘strokes’, each lasting only a few thousandths of a second.

Global Energy Usage:

An estimated 15 trillion watts of power are being used across our planet at any one time. That’s the equivalent of powering ten billion 100-watt light bulbs at the same time. In theory, a growing population will increase this use, but it is the hope that smarter energy technologies, combined with the growth in renewable energy, will offset it.


Fun Facts:

  • One hour’s worth of energy from the sun could power the Earth for a year.
  • The U.S Energy Information Administration predicts that the current world energy consumption will increase by 56% between 2010 and 2040.
  • Currently, our civilization consumes around 17.7 Terawatts of power taken from all sources of energy, namely oil, coal, natural gas and alternative energies such as solar, wind, hydropower and others.

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