Without the electrical systems in our homes, our lives would be a lot different. We wouldn’t be able to binge watch Netflix, play on our smartphones or use our ACs to cool off. We all know that electricity plays a vital role in the modern world, what exactly is electricity? How is it generated? And how does it get to my home? Learn the electricity basics below.

Electricity, Simplified

By definition, electricity is a type of energy that results from the existence of charged particles. While there are numerous kinds of electricity, static and current are important to know when dealing with the electricity your home. When enough electricity gathers in a single place, it is known as static electricity, while electricity that moves from one location to another is known as current electricity.

How Is Electricity Generated?

Electricity is generated in many ways, but it is most often generated at a power station by electromechanical generators. Heat engines, which are fueled by chemical combustions or nuclear fission, primarily drive these generators but they can also be fueled by kinetic energy, such as water and wind. This is only one way in which electricity is generated. There is actually numerous fundamental methods of transforming energy into electricity:

  • Static Electricity
  • Electromagnetic Induction
  • Nuclear Transformation
  • Photovoltaic Panels
  • Turbines
  • Reciprocating Engines

How Does Electricity Work in My Home?

Most of us don’t think twice about electricity when we plug in our smartphones or switch on a light switch. But how does electricity get to our homes and businesses once it has been made? Electricity enters your home through a power line cable into a meter. This meter is typically located in a meter box that also contains circuit breakers or fuses.

The circuit breakers divert the electricity along small wires, which run behind the walls of roof of your home. This forms separates circuits around your house so that electricity can be delivered to all of the different switches, outlets and other power points in your home.

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At Mister Sparky, we provide quality electrical services whenever you need them. Whether you need something installed, an emergency repair or a replacement, our team of experienced electricians has got you covered. If you have any questions about electrical services, give us a call today or schedule your next service appointment online.