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This Video Has Consumed 695.6 Kilograms of Chocolate!

September 5, 2019

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
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
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


  • Reply Exist64 January 27, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    He neglected to calculate in the energy consumption for generating the sound of the video as well

  • Reply Duke Horacio January 28, 2018 at 12:57 am

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

  • Reply Kooji Nguyen January 28, 2018 at 3:44 am

    how does your video change it's title…

  • Reply Cynrui January 28, 2018 at 7:05 am

    449.3 liters for me

  • Reply I Can't Believe It's Not ButterSquids! January 28, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    450.9 litres of gasoline… Just passing

  • Reply Mr. Krabs January 28, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    Now I feel pretty shabby.

  • Reply RadoMiami2600 January 28, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    630.4 KG of chocolate? Ok?

  • Reply Julie Cahoolie January 28, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    You can change titles?

  • Reply FireyDeath4 January 29, 2018 at 3:26 am

    Why the hell is the title changing constantly?

  • Reply Jacob Wood January 29, 2018 at 7:22 am


  • Reply Erik Žiak January 29, 2018 at 7:59 am

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

  • Reply Daniel Broscow January 29, 2018 at 10:45 am


  • Reply Kukolukas January 29, 2018 at 10:54 am

    how do you auto change the title of this video

  • Reply hausaffe January 29, 2018 at 11:21 am

    This Video Has Consumed 455.2 L of Gasoline!

  • Reply Sachit January 29, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Creative. And apart from other videos. Brilliant work!

  • Reply Edward Train January 29, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    minecraft videos

  • Reply kareszt January 30, 2018 at 2:08 am

    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.


  • Reply Potato Joe January 30, 2018 at 2:33 am


  • Reply CryptoDaughter January 30, 2018 at 7:25 am

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

  • Reply b8e71fcbe2e195c67d8d16734013d20f January 30, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    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.

  • Reply Mario Mario January 30, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    "This video has used 640.5 kg of Chocolate!"

  • Reply me February 3, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Auto updating title. Wow

  • Reply Thomas fan 1 February 4, 2018 at 10:09 pm


  • Reply Thomas fan 1 February 4, 2018 at 10:09 pm


  • Reply Thomas fan 1 February 4, 2018 at 10:09 pm


  • Reply Feather February 4, 2018 at 11:09 pm

    135.8 Household-Days of Electricity how bout you guys?

  • Reply ConfidingRex85 February 5, 2018 at 12:36 am

    Wait how is the title changing
    Am I stupid

  • Reply Michael DeMarco February 10, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    This Video Has Consumed 462.7 L of Gasoline!

  • Reply John Man February 11, 2018 at 5:36 am

    I drain about 1000 AA batteries watching porn per day.

  • Reply Utah February 17, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    For me the Video has consumed 463.8 L of Gasoline!

  • Reply DTRANSLATEE February 22, 2018 at 1:11 am

    the thumbnail says this video has consumed 648.4 chochlate

  • Reply DTRANSLATEE February 22, 2018 at 1:15 am

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

  • Reply Cường Phạm March 3, 2018 at 7:31 am

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

  • Reply Cường Phạm March 3, 2018 at 7:31 am

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

  • Reply Invisible King March 6, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    This Video Has Consumed 466.4 L of Gasoline!

  • Reply AngryMonkey5000 :D March 11, 2018 at 4:32 am

    When you think about this is kinda scary

  • Reply Robert Hymes March 25, 2018 at 1:12 am

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

  • Reply Jake the defender April 6, 2018 at 8:08 am

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

  • Reply Jera The Baby April 12, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    I should watch more minute earth

  • Reply Creeper boi April 13, 2018 at 4:11 am

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    This Video Has Consumed 1730947.5 AA Batteries!

  • Reply kitrana April 14, 2018 at 11:28 pm


  • Reply Mark Nguyen April 15, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    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 )

  • Reply Ëmėřgêńčÿ Ęxït Đœ Ñöt Błøćk April 16, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    +MinuteEarth Can you change the title now?

  • Reply Dang Anh Tuan April 17, 2018 at 11:53 am

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

  • Reply Someone Normal April 17, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    Man we used a lot of power

  • Reply ClockMan April 20, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    sees title change
    wait wha-
    goes back and clicks again and notices it changed again
    does it a few times and then it's gasoline

  • Reply Gia Mao April 21, 2018 at 3:19 am

    This Video Has Consumed 660.3 Kilograms of Chocolate!

  • Reply I don't know my name April 23, 2018 at 2:01 am


  • Reply Cold Cake April 23, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    The name won't stop changing!!!

  • Reply Mr.Reaper April 24, 2018 at 1:22 pm

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

  • Reply Mr.Reaper April 24, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    This video has consumed 661.4 kilograms of chocolate!

  • Reply HeyItsLucy05 April 26, 2018 at 5:55 am

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

  • Reply Eeybui Vee April 29, 2018 at 12:59 pm


  • Reply fuzzywzhe April 30, 2018 at 5:55 am

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

    Kilo Watt Hours, please.

  • Reply Stefan Peldorstirzs April 30, 2018 at 10:33 am

    698,415 views. damn, das alot of batteries

  • Reply Empire Oathman May 3, 2018 at 2:22 am

    This is why zi watch stuff in 144p

  • Reply Watcher _ 9 May 3, 2018 at 8:17 am


  • Reply SUPA BROS May 4, 2018 at 7:02 am

    I'm a tablet user

  • Reply William Zhou May 5, 2018 at 4:28 am

    1749077.5 AA Batteries!

  • Reply Underlord 26 May 10, 2018 at 6:18 pm

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

  • Reply Moonsy Playz May 11, 2018 at 2:17 pm

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


  • Reply Sephistius Reyus May 12, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    This Video Has Consumed 667.5 Kilograms of Chocolate!

  • Reply Gerjiye May 12, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    Quits watching*

  • Reply KGamingZ / KGameZ May 13, 2018 at 12:27 am

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

  • Reply Kevin Trang May 13, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    "This Video Has Consumed 478.2 L of Gasoline!"

  • Reply Lime Diamond May 13, 2018 at 1:25 pm

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

  • Reply Alexandru Pulhac May 13, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    that's a lot o.o

  • Reply Donut the Donut May 14, 2018 at 3:45 am

    1758572.5 AA batteries, then something about chocolate? Wtf?

  • Reply Nicholas H. May 14, 2018 at 3:51 am

    just skip the outro to save Earth

  • Reply Kelo May 14, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    This Video Has Consumed 1761430 AA Batteries!

  • Reply Dr. Umkit May 14, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    Gasoline or Chocolate?

  • Reply Duane Wysynski May 15, 2018 at 12:54 am

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

  • Reply Reece Orton May 15, 2018 at 5:00 am


  • Reply minecraftandwindoors 2 May 15, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    "This video has consumed 670.7 Kilograms of Chocolate!"

  • Reply Nature cannot be fooled May 16, 2018 at 12:56 pm

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

  • Reply loafers May 17, 2018 at 12:06 am

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

  • Reply Blaineworld May 18, 2018 at 2:36 am

    Why is this video's title changing constantly?

  • Reply cosmosthecat May 18, 2018 at 4:42 am

    The title changes every time

  • Reply DragoFlamez YT May 19, 2018 at 2:07 pm


  • Reply Mr. Bambooshoot May 27, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    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 🤗🤗🤗

  • Reply Footprint to Wings June 2, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    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.

  • Reply RDRapidHyperion June 6, 2018 at 3:46 am

    How did you make the changing title?

  • Reply Kathern Pernell June 7, 2018 at 7:37 pm

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

  • Reply Kennith June 12, 2018 at 11:17 am


  • Reply Magnus Juul June 12, 2018 at 3:17 pm

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

  • Reply ry ebron June 23, 2018 at 9:35 am

    after 2 years, the title is still changing

  • Reply jacky zhu July 4, 2018 at 1:58 am

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

  • Reply KaiPettifer July 18, 2018 at 2:49 am

    What is this automatic title wizardry?!

  • Reply jacky zhu July 18, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    Go see my animations, they include stickmen.

  • Reply Brownskikuca July 23, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    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!

  • Reply Temriel Deltatale August 4, 2018 at 9:21 pm

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

  • Reply Pixie Fru Fru October 1, 2018 at 4:46 am

    Rip chocolate

  • Reply Alkrizz November 3, 2018 at 6:58 pm

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

  • Reply Semin Gusinac December 22, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    OH NO

    my AA battery!!!

  • Reply M Isa December 26, 2018 at 8:29 am

    Is the title still updating?

  • Reply Deebo Molina January 20, 2019 at 4:22 am

    I came here just to see what the title will be

  • Reply Hasanchik Gaming July 11, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    oh mo on a day i will die by the photons

  • Reply Hasanchik Gaming July 11, 2019 at 5:20 pm

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

  • Reply Patrick Owens August 29, 2019 at 7:28 am

    🤑999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999$$=6 homes 🏠🏠🏠

  • Reply KrisMcCool September 5, 2019 at 8:48 am

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

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