by Phoebe Parlade
In an effort to reduce the amount of energy the population of India was consuming, the government initiated a program that distributed LED light bulbs to consumers to help reduce their electricity consumption. What this program saw was an incredible reduction in kilowatt hours used by the average consumer.
With the second largest population in the world, India has had to be innovative at finding ways for their resources to be used wisely. What they discovered through this program is that when used in conjunction with other energy saving products, LED lighting can make a significant difference in energy consumption.
If this program was applied to other areas of the world, including the United States and China, the two largest energy users in the world, the consumption of energy could be reduced, having a positive impact on the environment and overall consumption rates.
A simple change in light bulb choices in private, commercial, and government sectors could change the way that the world uses energy.
A World of Consumption
If we want to understand how the world is consuming energy and relate it to lighting, we need to look at electricity usage. The Indian energy efficiency program involved 770 million LED bulbs used to cut its energy consumption.
But across the world, we use 19,320,360,620 MWh of electricity a year. This works out at 313 MWh per person per year.
The top electricity users by total usage are:
The most important stats to consider here are the per capita electricity usage statistics. America uses 1,683 MWh per capita compared to 101 MWh in India and 458 MWh in China.
To put this into perspective, if the per capita electricity usage in China was the same as America, China would use more energy than the rest of the world combined.