You read by it. Cook, clean and wash with it. Cool yourself off and vacuum up the crumbs with it.

Electricity…it’s a beautiful thing. And something we mostly take for granted. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, mind you. But haven’t you ever secretly wondered exactly how electricity gets to your home? Then at last, your quest has ended!

 

  • The process begins at giant power plants, each of them connected to others so if one shuts down, power can readily be obtained from another. Together, these plants form the “power grid.”
  • Electrical power plants can be powered by coal, natural gas, water or wind.
  • Once manufactured, the current is sent through transformers to increase the voltage to push the power over long distances…up to hundreds of miles.
  • The electrical charge then passes through high-voltage transmission lines that stretch across the country.
  • Electricity then reaches a substation which lowers the voltage for safe passage through smaller power lines.
  • From these smaller power lines, electricity passes through distribution lines to your neighborhood, where smaller pole-top transformers again reduce the voltage.
  • These distribution lines connect to your house through a service drop which then transfers the electricity to your meter.
  • Next comes your service panel, where breakers or fuses protect your wiring from power overloads.
  • Finally, electricity travels through wires to the outlets and switches you routinely rely on.

 

Still hungry for more? Okay then…here’s yet another fun fact to flaunt before friends and family:

The term “electric” was first used by William Gilbert (1544 – 1603), personal physician to Queen Elizabeth I of England. His groundbreaking research added greatly to knowledge first acquired by ancient Greeks as far back as 600 BC. The gilbert unit of magnetomotive power is named in his honor.

The moral of our story? Actually, we don’t really have one. But we do have money-saving coupons we invite you to use today, tomorrow, or whenever you might need the home comfort services of Team…“Around the House.”