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How Much Electricity Does It Take to Run the Web?

How Much Electricity Does it Take to Run the Web
Ever wonder exactly how much electricity it takes to run the Internet? All those Tweets, e-mails, and YouTube videos aren't powered by magic fairy dust, it takes electricity, and lots of it, to store and spread this content.

US Infrastructure (magazine) decided to examine the stats, and then put together the beautiful inforgraphic above illustrating how many servers there are in the world, how much electricity they use, and how much that power costs.

The quick facts:
  • Between 2000 and 2005, the amount of energy consumed by data centers and servers doubled worldwide.
  • Data centers account for 1.5 percent of all electricity consumption in the U.S., which is more than the combined total used by televisions across the country.
  • The electricity to run these servers cost $4.5 billion a year worldwide. Add in the necessary infrastructure (such as cooling) to run these centers and the bill jumps to $7.2

There is worry, though, that this energy usage could double again in five years if steps aren't taken to increase efficiency of cooling measures and if older, more power hungry servers aren't swapped out aggressively for new, greener models.

Check out the full-sized image at the read link. [From: US Infrastructure, Via: psfk]

Tags: efficiency, electricity, infographic, internet, servers, top