Google’s annual energy consumption could power London for half a year

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New research conducted by Energy has revealed the annual energy usage of several key organisations worldwide, and just how much of their energy usage is renewable.

Google, Network Rail, BT, Facebook, Apple, Adobe and the Palace of Westminster used a total of 13.807 kWh in the last 12 months.

The comparison site has also created a tool, allowing users to compare how much energy these businesses use to that of the average UK household.

This illustrates just how much energy it takes to run some of these large organisations each year; Network Rail’s 3.2 billion annual kWh usage could power every home in Wales for six months, or 888,888 houses for an entire year, while the relatively small Palace of Westminster’s 13.7 million kWh could power nearly 4,000 homes for an entire year.

BT came out top of the clean energy statistics, with a huge 95% of its energy derived from renewable sources. Apple came a close second with 92%, while Google (44%) and Facebook (35%) still have some way to go to be considered green by comparison.

Ben Wilson from Energy said: “It might surprise some to see just how much energy these companies use, especially when compared to everyday household usage.

“Identifying energy use is a key component in reducing energy bills, as businesses can often take simple measures to cut down their usage – for example, by ensuring employees switch off computers and lights at the end of the day. We also offer a simple switching service for businesses which can help cut costs, particularly if on a standard variable tariff.”

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