Bitcoin uses about as much power as the entire country of Ireland
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The world's bitcoin network uses enough cooling fans and manufacturing hardware for mining that it's expected to use as much as 7.67 gigawatts of power by the end of 2018. 

That's about as much power as the entire country of Ireland uses in energy — and it's expected to reach the same consumption level as Austria. 

At this point, mining bitcoin requires such intensive, specific hardware that the only way for most people to get in on the crypto game is to simply purchase the...

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