300 slaves

July 31, 2012
  • A single barrel of oil is able to accomplish the work of 12 people working continuously for a year
  • The average American uses 25 barrels of oil equivalent in energy each year
  • Therefore, the average American has the equivalent of 300 people  (25 x 12) working full time to maintain his or her lifestyle
  • In 2008, the last year for which I have data, the estimated annual household cost of energy was $5500
  • The size of an average US household is 2.6 persons
  • 2.6 x 300 = the energy equivalent of 780 people working to maintain the average US household
  • $5500/780 = $7.05

That’s quite the bang for the buck, IMO.


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