Need to Know
- What is the difference between energy and power?
- Approximately how much energy is consumed by different activities?
- How much energy does it take to run the world?
- Where do we get our energy?
Energy is the ability to do work.
A joule is the SI unit of energy.
- A joule is the energy transferred when a force of one newton moves an object one meter (1 newton meter)
- 1 joule of energy is used in lifting a 1 kilogram brick (2.2 pounds) 10 centimeters (3.9 inches).
- A kilowatt-hour is a unit of energy.
- Running a 1.2 kilowatt microwave for 1 hour uses 1.2 kW-h of energy. That’s 4.3 megajoules or 4,300,000 joules.
- A calorie is the heat energy required to increase 1 gm of water 1 deg C. (4.1868 J)
A watt is a unit of power.
- Power is how fast energy is used or produced.
- A watt (W) is a joule (J) of energy used or produced per second.
- In 2010, the average US power use was 3.3 terawatts, or 3,300,000,000,000 watts.
- 1 horsepower (hp) is 745.7 watts.