You can use the alphabet below to the find words that begin with that letter.
 
    Alternating current
  • – electric current that reverses direction many times per second
  • – this is the type of electricity that's used in your home
  • – often abbreviated as AC
    Amps
  • – the unit for measuring electric current
  • – named after French physicist André-Marie Ampère who played a role in discovering electromagnetism.
  • Visit the History of Making Electricity section for more information.
    Atom
  • – the smallest particle of an element
  • – everything is made up of tiny atoms
    Battery
  • – a device that stores energy and makes it available as electricity
    Biomass
  • – renewable source of energy that uses organic waste to produce electricity
  • – for example, wood by-products, plants, crops, and animal waste are used instead of fossil fuels like coal and natural gas.
  • – this resource is considered clean because it can be used over and over again without any negative effects on the environment.
  • – To learn more, visit The Ins and Outs of Making Electricity section
    Blackout
  • – a total power failure over a large area, usually caused by a breakdown at a power plant or large transmission facility
    Brownout
  • – a small, temporary reduction of voltage and/or power
  • – usually caused by the utility company trying to conserve power during heavy periods of use
  • – often causes lights to dim
    Cell
  • – a device that delivers an electric current as the result of a chemical reaction (i.e. a battery)
    Charge
  • – the amount of electricity an object contains
    Circuit
  • – an electric device that provides a path for electric current to flow
    Coal
  • – a fossil fuel that's burned in the large boilers.
  • – the burning coal heats water in a boiler and this produces steam, which spins a turbine engine and produces electricity
  • – this is a non-renewable energy source
  • – To learn more, visit The Ins and Outs of Making Electricity section
    Conductor
  • – a substance that allows electric current to pass through it
    Current
  • – the flow of electricity in an electric circuit
  • – it's measured in amps
    Carbon dioxide
  • – a colourless gas that has no smell
  • – also known as CO2, it's present in the Earth's atmosphere and is produced when fossil fuels are burnt
    Direct Current
  • – a type of electric energy that travels in one direction
  • – often abbreviated as DC
  • – batteries produce a direct current
    Dynamo
  • – an electric generator that produces a direct current
    Electricity
  • – a form of energy that's produced by the flow of electrons
  • – provides power for lighting, appliances, and other electric devices in our homes and businesses
  • – To learn more, visit The Ins and Outs of Making Electricity section
    Electric Shock
  • – the physical reaction caused when electricity flows through the body
  • – it can occur when your body comes in contact with any source of voltage high enough to send current through your muscles or hair
  • – may cause tissue damage or a heart attack if the current is high enough
    Electrolysis
  • – chemical changes produced by passing a current through a water solution
    Electromagnet
  • – a magnet formed when an electric current flows through a wire or other conductor
    Electromagnetic
  • – when an object is made magnetic by an electric current
    Electron
  • – a basic particle that orbits the nucleus of an atom
  • – the flow of electrons produces electricity
    Energy
  • – the ability to do work
  • – people get energy from food, but things like your iPod, a video game player, or a cell phone get their energy from electricity
    Energy efficiency
  • – using energy wisely and not wasting it
    ENERGY STAR® qualified
  • – a product that uses less energy, saves money, and helps protect the environment
    Environmentally friendly
  • – any thing or any action that is not harmful or damaging to the environment
    Fuel cell
  • – a device that converts the energy of a fuel - such as hydrogen - into electricity or heat
    Fuse
  • – a protective device that's designed to melt or break when the current flowing through it becomes too strong
  • – a fuse helps protect against fire
    Generator
  • – a machine that produces electricity by converting mechanical energy into electric energy
    Geothermal energy
  • – using heat from below the Earth's surface to create electricity
  • – it's a renewable source of energy
  • – To learn more, visit The Ins and Outs of Making Electricity section
    Ground
  • – a connection between an electric device and the earth
    Grid
  • – a network of electric power lines and connections that delivers electricity to our homes and businesses
    Hydroelectricity
  • – also known as water power, this renewable energy source uses water from a river or dam to generate electricity
  • – To learn more, visit The Ins and Outs of Making Electricity section
    Insulator
  • – a material that does not allow the flow of electricity to pass through it
    Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)
  • – an organization that was established in 1999
  • – responsible for the day-to-day operation of Ontario's electrical system
    Kilowatt (kW)
  • – the unit used to measure electric energy
  • – there are 1,000 watts in one kilowatt
    Kilowatt hour (kWh)
  • – this measurement refers to the use of 1,000 watts of electricity in one hour
    • 1kWh = ten 100 watt bulbs all burning at the same time for one hour
    • 10 bulbs x 100 watts each hour x 1 hour = 1,000 watts hours or 1kWh
    Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
  • – developed in 1994, this program encourages building homes and structures that are environmentally friendly and energy efficient
  • – certification program for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings
    Lightning
  • – an electric discharge from cloud to cloud or from cloud to the earth
  • – it is accompanied by a flash of light
    Load
  • – the amount of electricity consumed by an electric device, such as a video game or an appliance
    Local (Electricity) Distribution Company (LDC)
  • – these companies take power from high-voltage transmission lines, transform the electricity to a lower voltage level, and provide it to local companies
  • – they monitor the electricity distribution system, which is important for all electricity consumers
    Magnet
  • – an object that is surrounded by a magnetic field
  • – it has the natural power to attract objects made of iron or steel
    Magnetic field
  • – the area around a magnet in which objects are attracted or repelled
    Mechanical energy
  • – the energy of an object in motion
    Megawatt
  • – a unit of electricity equivalent to 1000kW or 1 million watts (MW)
    Meter
  • – a device that measures the levels of customers' electricity and gas use
    Motor
  • – a machine that converts energy to motion or power
    Nuclear power
  • – the energy generated in a nuclear power plant
  • – it's produced by splitting atoms in a nuclear reactor
    Nuclear reactor
  • – part of a nuclear power plant where atoms break into many parts and power is generated
    Non-renewable energy
  • – fuels that cannot be made easily and take millions of years to form
  • – oil, coal, and gas are examples of non-renewable energy
    Ohm
  • – the basic unit for measuring resistance to an electric current
  • – it was named after German physicist Georg Ohm, who researched the relationship between voltage, current, and resistance
  • –Visit the History of Making Electricity section for more information.
    Ontario Energy Board (OEB)
  • – a corporation that's responsible for managing natural gas and electricity utilities in Ontario
  • – part of its responsibility includes setting the price of gas and power
    Ontario Energy Network (OEN)
  • – an association that's formed to allow information to be shared between organizations within the energy industry
    Ontario Power Generation
  • – a public company that's owned by the government of Ontario
  • – it is Canada's largest owner and operator of nuclear power plants, as well as some alternative energy sites
    Photovoltaic
  • – a solar power technology that converts the sun's light into electricity
    Power
  • – the energy used to do work
    Radio
  • – a technology that allows the transmission of sound or other signals by electromagnetic waves though the air
    Renewable energy
  • – fuels that do not run out and can generate electricity cleanly
  • – examples include solar power, wind power, and hydroelectricity
  • – To learn more, visit The Ins and Outs of Making Electricity section
    Resistance
  • – this is the degree to which a substance resists, or opposes, an electric current
    Socket
  • – the opening that a light bulb screws into
    Static electricity
  • – a charge of electricity that's generated by the friction between two objects
    Switch
  • – a mechanical device used to turn a current on or off in an electric circuit
    Transformer
  • – an electric device that is used to raise or lower the voltage of electricity
  • – voltage is increased at a transformer so it can be transmitted over long distances and then it is decreased at another transformer so it can be distributed to customers
  • – To learn more, visit the What is Electricity section
    Volt
  • – a unit of measurement for electricity
  • – it indicates how much pressure there is on an electric current
  • – named after Alessandro Volta, who invented the first battery
    Watt
  • – unit for measuring electric power
  • – it was named after Scottish inventor James Watt, who made improvements to the steam engine during the 1700s
  • – Visit the History for Making Electricity section for more information.
    Water power
  • – also known as hydroelectricity, this renewable energy source uses water from a river or dam to generate electricity
  • – To learn more, visit The Ins and Outs of Making Electricity section
    Wind turbine
  • – a rotating machine that converts the energy of wind into mechanical energy
  • – this energy turns a rotating generator shaft, converting it into electricity
  • – this is a renewable energy source
  • – To learn more, visit The Ins and Outs of Making Electricity section
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