- Electricity is the flow of electrical power or charge.
- Electricity travels at the speed of light more than 186,000 miles per second.
- The electricity we use in our homes comes from a primary source like oil, nuclear power, coal, natural gas, the sun, or other natural sources.
- Water and wind are other sources of energy, called mechanical energy.
- We use electricity every day for heat, light and power.
- Before we began generating electricity, over 100 years ago, fireplaces and pot-belly stoves kept homes warm, kerosene lamps and candles lit homes and food was kept cool in iceboxes or underground storage cellars.
- Benjamin Franklin was the first person to help people understand the principles of electricity and Thomas Edison changed the world with his invention of the electric light bulb.
- A spark of static electricity can measure up to three thousand (3,000) volts. A bolt of lightning can measure up to three million (3,000,000) volts and it lasts less than one second!
- According to the United States Energy Information Administration, electricity consumption will increase by 51 percent from 2002 to 2025.
- The first power plant owned by Thomas Edison opened in New York City in 1882.
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