The graph shows us that back in 2005 we had a global energy consumption of 15.1 teraWatt. What does this number mean? I grabbed my calculator and went to work.
15.1 teraWatt equals:
- 15.1 trillion Watt (short scale, US)
- 15.1 billion Watt (long Scale, Europe)
- 15 100 000 000 000 Watt
- 15.1 teraJoule per second
- 2500 Barrel of oil equivalents per second
- 390 000 L of oil equivalents per second
- 105 000 US Gallon of oil equivalents per second
- 340 Metric tonne of oil equivalents per second
- 126 billion computers on at the same time, all the time
- 1.9 trillion 8 watt CFL bulbs on at the same time, all the time
- 214 times driving around the world in a prius, per second
If you want to get a picture of the actual amounts of oil used, simply take 32,6 % (see picture) of the oil equivalents I mentioned. If these numbers still don't seem very impressive then please remember there are about 31.5 million seconds in a year.