Electricity is a type of energy that was discovered over 100 years ago. One of the most common ways to make electricity is by converting other energy sources, such as coal, natural gas, and oil or solar, wind and falling water. You may not even realize that electricity is a huge part of your everyday life. For starters, it keeps your home and school warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Without it, you would never be able to watch your favourite TV show or listen to your MP3 player. After all, you need electricity. Imagine a world where you couldn’t turn on a light, a computer, or even use the phone! Obviously, electricity is important to us. That’s why it’s time to rethink our relationship with this valuable resource and figure out how we can do our part to use it wisely.
How Electricity Gets to Your Home
Getting Plugged In
It's easy to find – just flip on a switch or plug something in. But how does electricity make its way to your home or school? Today electricity is generated in different ways, such as wind and solar power. After its been generated, electricity is sent out along power lines, which can carry it over long distances. These transmission lines are often referred to as high voltage lines. Higher voltage allows electricity to travel long distances more efficiently. The electricity eventually reaches your neighbourhood when the voltage is reduced. And from there it travels through distribution lines to your home or school. Now you’re
plugged-in!