How much energy does the internet use?

How much energy does the internet use? It’s hard to know where to start. There’s the electricity consumed by the world’s laptops, desktops and smart phones. Servers, routers and other networking equipment suck up more power. The energy required to manufacture these machines also needs to be included. Yet no one knows how many internet-enabled devices are out there, nor how long they are used before being replaced.

That hasn’t stopped scientists¬†from trying to answer the question. And the answer they came up with is … the internet is responsible for less than 2 per cent of the energy used by humanity. Learn more here.

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