9.4% of electricity in U.S. goes to Internet

Posted on Tuesday, Oct 02 2007 @ 10:10 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Wondering how much electricity the Internet consumes? According to a news report on Slashdot it's 5.3% of the global demand, while in the U.S. it's already 9.4%.

These numbers come from a research by David Sarokin from Uclue:
Worldwide, that's 868 billion kilowatt-hours per year. The total includes the energy used by desktop computers and monitors (which makes up two-thirds of the total), plus other energy sinks including modems, routers, data processing equipment and cooling equipment.

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Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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