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This Video Has Consumed 146.6 Household-Days of Electricity!

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You are currently watching an online video,
which means your screen is shooting photons at your face in a pattern determined by pieces
of data that have traveled around the world as electrical impulses. The motions of these
electrons and photons are undeniable physical actions with real energy costs that even energy-conscious
video-makers can’t avoid: by the end of this video, you will have used the equivalent
of about two double-A batteries. Some of that energy is used by your device
itself. Laptops consume around one double-A battery’s worth of energy every five minutes;
mobile phones and tablets use one every half hour or so. That’s a lot of juice, but it’s
only a portion of the total energy used to watch an online video. The rest comes from
delivering the data to your screen. Every pixel of every frame starts off as a
string of 0’s and 1’s stored somewhere on a distant server until called for, at which
point those 0’s and 1’s are transferred via local metro networks, high capacity long-haul
networks, undersea cables, more local networks, local access points, and your own internet
router, all before reaching your screen. Estimates for the total energy used on this journey
are hard to make, but various analyses suggest that a double-A battery’s worth of energy
will get you around ten megabytes of data. A three-minute live-action video is around
30 megabytes, so it drains 3 double-A’s to stream or download. MinuteEarth actually
has it better, because stick figures are awesome conservers of energy: videos with simple visuals
can be stored as smaller files and transferred much more efficiently, so our videos only
drain about 2 batteries. Add in the energy your device uses to display the video, and
the grand total is somewhere between two and two and a half batteries per view.
But MinuteEarth videos can get upwards of five hundred thousand views – collectively,
the same as draining over a million double-A batteries, or as much electricity as an average
American household uses in three months. Which is a lot for one video. Don’t even ask how
many households’ worth of energy have been used watching Gangnam Style.
The numbers in this video are based on averages for the energy consumption of various devices
and servers and on the average data sizes and bitrates of online videos. Actual energy
use may vary. Hey, this is Henry. I’d like to thank Audible.com
for supporting this video – Audible is a leading provider of audiobooks including fiction,
non-fiction and periodicals, and you can get a free 30-day trial by going to Audible.com/minuteearth.
I’d like to recommend Creativity, Inc, by Ed Catmull, about the history of Pixar, why
they’re so consistent at making successful movies, and the challenges they faced growing
a creative company. Ed Catmull’s insights have been super helpful to us in the creation
and creative evolution of the team that makes MinuteEarth. Again, you can check out Creativity,
Inc or another book of your choice, for free, with a free 30-day trial at Audible.com/minuteearth.

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100 thoughts on “This Video Has Consumed 146.6 Household-Days of Electricity!”

  1. Duke Horacio says:

    1,647,380 AA Batteries consumed. Wow, still keeping up with it?

  2. Kooji Nguyen says:

    how does your video change it's title…

  3. Cynrui says:

    449.3 liters for me

  4. I Can't Believe It's Not ButterSquids! says:

    450.9 litres of gasoline… Just passing

  5. Mr. Krabs says:

    Now I feel pretty shabby.

  6. RadoMiami2600 says:

    630.4 KG of chocolate? Ok?

  7. Julie Cahoolie says:

    You can change titles?

  8. FireyDeath4 says:

    Why the hell is the title changing constantly?

  9. Jacob Wood says:

    Leet

  10. Erik Žiak says:

    How much energy does writing comments make? Maybe you should consider disabling them just to save the planet. :-)Just kidding.

  11. Daniel Broscow says:

    WHAT IS THAT TITLE OMGGGGGG MY MIND IS BLOWN WUTTTTTT

  12. Kukolukas says:

    how do you auto change the title of this video

  13. hausaffe says:

    This Video Has Consumed 455.2 L of Gasoline!

  14. Sachit says:

    Creative. And apart from other videos. Brilliant work!

  15. Edward Train says:

    minecraft videos

  16. kareszt says:

    Yeah but you use Adobe photoshop, and pretend that your saving the planet cause it reminds you of mudbricks.

    Why didn't you do your video in svg parametric format.

    OH – you don't want me to copy it.

    Gotya.

  17. CryptoDaughter says:

    So, is it possible to eat this video to gain all that chocolate?

  18. b8e71fcbe2e195c67d8d16734013d20f says:

    There are no AA batteries in the path from Youtube to my iPad. And compared to industrial machines that run 24/7, it’s just dumb to think that you can make a difference. At my work they run machines of 230KW/h, like 110 pieces of them continiously. It’s to laugh about that someone would help nature by turning of his video and sit there bored for the rest of your life.

  19. Mario Mario says:

    "This video has used 640.5 kg of Chocolate!"

  20. me says:

    Auto updating title. Wow

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  24. Feather says:

    135.8 Household-Days of Electricity how bout you guys?

  25. ConfidingRex85 says:

    Wait how is the title changing
    Am I stupid

  26. Michael DeMarco says:

    This Video Has Consumed 462.7 L of Gasoline!

  27. John Man says:

    I drain about 1000 AA batteries watching porn per day.

  28. Utah says:

    For me the Video has consumed 463.8 L of Gasoline!

  29. DTRANSLATEE says:

    the thumbnail says this video has consumed 648.4 chochlate

  30. DTRANSLATEE says:

    Play 0:04 to 0:06 in 0.25 speed, its strange

  31. Cường Phạm says:

    This Video Has Consumed *650.8 Kilograms of Chocolate!*?

  32. Cường Phạm says:

    Correction: This Video Has Consumed 650.8 Kilograms of Chocolate! ?

  33. Invisible King says:

    This Video Has Consumed 466.4 L of Gasoline!

  34. AngryMonkey5000 :D says:

    When you think about this is kinda scary

  35. Robert Hymes says:

    Actually jokes on you I consume less power for my iPad turning my brightness completely down.

  36. Jake the defender says:

    uhhhhh while i watch your vids my computer charges so no more plugging in the charger for me baby!

  37. Jera The Baby says:

    I should watch more minute earth

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    This Video Has Consumed 1730947.5 AA Batteries!

  39. Mark Nguyen says:

    How does the title change like every few times I click it to watch it ( I literally thought I was hallucinating when I saw it changed )

  40. Ëmėřgêńčÿ Ęxït Đœ Ñöt Błøćk says:

    +MinuteEarth Can you change the title now?

  41. Dang Anh Tuan says:

    Wait, if watching a video will drain my computer battery, I would probably avoid watching videos

  42. Someone Normal says:

    Man we used a lot of power

  43. ClockMan says:

    sees title change
    wait wha-
    goes back and clicks again and notices it changed again
    NANI?
    does it a few times and then it's gasoline
    WHAT KIND OF SORCERY IS THIS!

  44. Gia Mao says:

    This Video Has Consumed 660.3 Kilograms of Chocolate!

  45. I don't know my name says:

    What

  46. Cold Cake says:

    The name won't stop changing!!!

  47. Mr.Reaper says:

    How the hell were you able to add multiple titles!?

  48. Mr.Reaper says:

    This video has consumed 661.4 kilograms of chocolate!

  49. HeyItsLucy05 says:

    'This Video Has Consumed 661.9 Kilograms of Chocolate!'~ All the way from 2018

  50. Eeybui Vee says:

    YOUR SCREEN IS SHOOTING PHOTONS AT YOUR FACE
    **IN A PATTERN WICH TRICKS YOUR BRAIN**

  51. fuzzywzhe says:

    What's the BS of measuring in terms of batteries?

    Kilo Watt Hours, please.

  52. Stefan Peldorstirzs says:

    698,415 views. damn, das alot of batteries

  53. Empire Oathman says:

    This is why zi watch stuff in 144p

  54. Watcher _ 9 says:

    5 BILLION DOUBLE A BATTERIES?!

  55. SUPA SIBLINGS says:

    I'm a tablet user

  56. William Zhou says:

    1749077.5 AA Batteries!

  57. Underlord 26 says:

    This video has consumed 4.123L of gasoline!
    I’m not even joking

  58. Moonsy Playz says:

    Watching this, then watching more, WHILE eating a bar of CHOCOLATE

    BOI I AM SAVAGE

  59. Sephy animates says:

    This Video Has Consumed 667.5 Kilograms of Chocolate!

  60. Gerjiye says:

    Quits watching*

  61. KGamingZ / KGameZ says:

    So well uhhh you don’t need to buy aabateries anymore?

  62. Kevin Trang says:

    "This Video Has Consumed 478.2 L of Gasoline!"

  63. Lime Diamond says:

    Me the entire video: wut..?
    Also what’s up with the title? It keeps switching every time I click on it.

  64. Alexandru Pulhac says:

    that's a lot o.o

  65. Donut the Donut says:

    1758572.5 AA batteries, then something about chocolate? Wtf?

  66. Nicholas H. says:

    just skip the outro to save Earth

  67. Kelo says:

    This Video Has Consumed 1761430 AA Batteries!

  68. Dr. Umkit says:

    Gasoline or Chocolate?

  69. Duane Wysynski says:

    yo i changed it to 0.25 speed at 0:18 and watched the video and I was super energy efficient

  70. Reece Orton says:

    STOP EATING CHOCOLATE YOTUBE VIDYA!!!

  71. minecraftandwindoors 2 says:

    "This video has consumed 670.7 Kilograms of Chocolate!"

  72. Nature cannot be fooled says:

    It's time to remove all the crap videos from the internet…

  73. loafers says:

    Why does the videos title change everytime i click it 🤔🤨

  74. Blaineworld says:

    Why is this video's title changing constantly?

  75. cosmosthecat says:

    The title changes every time

  76. DragoFlamez YT says:

    :O

  77. Mr. Bambooshoot says:

    And i was wondering, while watching minute video it doesn't buffer compared to watching other videos of same length…Fyi i am from very far far remote rural part of south asia, the bandwidth provided is very low..this kind of videos really help and easy to grasp illustration make it possible for our communities to understand things in a much simpler ways..keep up the Good work guy..God bless 🤗🤗🤗

  78. Footprint to Wings says:

    OMG! Thanks for mentioning "Creativity Inc" at the end of this video. I love Ed Catmull's "Creativity Inc!" On a related note, here is our organization's "Pixar Pitch" – oh, interesting, I can't link here. I am blocked from pasting in a link. Oh well. Subscribe to our youtube channel.

  79. RDRapidHyperion says:

    How did you make the changing title?

  80. Kathern Pernell says:

    Nice movie. However you should take instructions from Avasva website if you want to learn how to make it easily.

  81. Kennith says:

    HOW DID YOU GET THE TITLE TO DO THAT WTH

  82. Magnus Juul says:

    so now i have to feel bad about watching youtube videos? f*ck you.

  83. ry ebron says:

    after 2 years, the title is still changing

  84. jacky zhu says:

    Gangnam Style is a viral video created by Psy, or PSY, a Korean rapper.
    You used a computer displaying Gangnam Style.

  85. KaiPettifer says:

    What is this automatic title wizardry?!

  86. jacky zhu says:

    Go see my animations, they include stickmen.

  87. Brownskikuca Garlic Bread says:

    Wtf is the title changing constantly, first batteries, then chocolate and now gassoline! AND WHILE SCROLLING ON YOUTUBE IT SAYS GASOLINE AND WHEN VIDEO OPENED THERE IT SAYS CHOCOLATE!

  88. Temriel Deltatale says:

    ¨This Video Has Consumed 487.3 L of Gasoline!¨ huh

  89. Pixie Fru Fru says:

    Rip chocolate

  90. Alkrizz says:

    White pixels require more energy…you better make dark themes for animation…

  91. Semin Gusinac says:

    OH NO

    my AA battery!!!

  92. M Isa says:

    Is the title still updating?

  93. Deebo Molina says:

    I came here just to see what the title will be

  94. Hasanchik Gaming says:

    oh mo on a day i will die by the photons

  95. Hasanchik Gaming says:

    This Video Has Consumed 694.2 Kilograms of Chocolate? What the heck?

  96. Patrick Owens says:

    🤑999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999$$=6 homes 🏠🏠🏠

  97. KrisMcCool says:

    It’s been 3 years and the title still keeps changing..

  98. WiseSuperboy 956 says:

    Wut????

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