While terawatt-hours (TWh) are a standard unit used to measure electricity consumption, it can be difficult for some to put these figures into perspective without additional context.
This section attempts to provide an unbiased and objective ground for helping visitors to independently assess the magnitude of Bitcoin’s electricity consumption and compare it to other uses of electricity.
Note: All comparisons are based on our best-guess estimate of Bitcoin's total electricity consumption. The listed comparisons are for illustrative purposes only and do not suggest that one type of electricity consumption can or should be substituted for another.
Idle home devices
NRDC Issue Report (2015); own calculations
University of Cambridge
University of Cambridge, 2017/18