Quiz: Americans use HOW much electricity?
It’s international quiz time on the Marketplace Morning Report. Stephan Richter, editor-in-chief of the online international affairs magazine The Globalist brings us a question that will test your knowledge of our energy needs in context.
The World Economic Forum for Africa wrapped up in Nigeria today, and energy production was a central theme. Richter’s question: How much electricity does the average Nigerian use each year compared to an American? The equivalent of:
- A. One American’s air conditioner running in the U.S. all year long.
- B. One American’s refrigerator running all in the U.S. all year long.
- C. One American’s microwave oven running in the U.S. all year long.
- D. One American’s coffee maker running in the U.S. all year long.
Scroll down the page to see the answer — and click play on the audio player above to hear our report about electricity.
ANSWER: C. The average American uses 13,000 kilowatt-hours (kwh) per year. That’s quite a bit. A microwave oven consumes 135 kilowatt hours per year. That is 1/100 of the average US energy consumption per person.