Gizmodo points us to a crazy statistic: The average American needs a whopping 11,000 watts to function on a daily basis. Well, "needs" is a loose way of putting it.
Geoffrey West, a distinguished theoretical physicist, states in a New York Times article, "Well, when you add up all our calories and then you add up the energy needed to run the computer and the air-conditioner, you get an incredibly large number, somewhere around 11,000 watts."
It's a long piece, but most certainly worth a read for a little perspective reconfiguration.
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