Insane energy facts: Google consumes enough energy to power 200,000 homes

AsapSCIENCE delivers mind-blowing facts about energy, consumption and production

By Sarah Gray
October 9, 2014 9:06PM (UTC)
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A GE 1.6-100 wind turbine (front R) is pictured at a wind farm in Tehachapi, California June 19, 2013. (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)

Have you ever wondered how long it would take you to be completely energized, if you like your smartphone, needed to be plugged in and charged? Or why lightning kills some people, but not others? Or how wind can be harnessed to produce electricity?

These assorted questions (along with many others) are answered in the latest installment of AsapSCIENCE, which is dedicated to exploring all different types of energy. Check it out, it might surprise you.


Producing energy is an important topic today, because we must find alternatives to our current use of coal and reliance on fossil fuels to power everything from homes to cars. These forms of energy are not only unsustainable, but they also contribute to the environmental harm of our planet.

The video below explores the use of wind turbines as alternative energy:


Sarah Gray

Sarah Gray is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on innovation. Follow @sarahhhgray or email

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