Energy Consumption: Back to the Future

How Much Energy Do We Use? Back to the Future Edition!

We’re spotlighting some energy-usage comparisons developed by the Department of Energy (DOE) in their interactive online infographic – How Much to Energy do you Use? While some people may prefer to think about energy usage in terms of cars off the road or trees planted, the DOE has a little more fun with the concept. How about time-travelling DeLoreans?

2015 marks the 30th anniversary of the movie Back to the Future. In the movie, Marty McFly needs 1.21 gigawatts of power, (approximately the power of a lightning strike), to send himself back to the future.

With that in mind, the Department of Energy infographic takes a look at how much energy we consume on an annual basis and puts it in terms of the number of trips we could make back to the future with all that energy.

Ohio, Lowest Regional Energy Usage Winner

The average Ohioan uses about 154,400,000 kBtus annually (close to the national average). This is enough energy to send Marty 30 years back to the future a total of 121 times.

Taking the idea one step further, if he used all that energy for one big trip back in time, Marty would land in 1645 BC, when pharaohs ruled Egypt .

Kentucky, In a Close Second Place

The average Kentuckian uses approximately 185,800,000 kBtus annually, which is enough energy to send Marty 30 years back through time a total of 151 times.

If he used all that energy on one trip back in time, then he would land in 2545 BC, just a few hundred years before Stonehenge was constructed.

For Comparison:

Alaskans use the most energy nationally, about 334,200,000 kBtus annually. That’s the equivalent of sending Marty through time a total of 271 times, or back to the year 6,145 BC, when wine and cheese were first made.

New Yorkers use the least energy, about 106,00,000 kBtus. That would send Marty through time a total of 86 times, or back to the year 595 BC during the Roman Empire.

What will our energy usage hold for the future?

October 21, 2015 is the official “future” date that Marty travels to in Back to the Future 2. While the 2015 depicted in the movie is very different from the 2015 of today, there have been a lot of exciting developments in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy that will continue to change the ways we use and make energy. Whether or not the “Mr.Fusion Home Energy Reactors” will be part of that mix or not remains to be seen, but who knows what the next 30 years will bring.

 

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