What is electricity?

To most, electricity is simply ‘the thing’ that keeps the lights on at home. However, as electricity-obsessed people, we know that there’s more than what meets the eye when it comes to electricity. Here are a few fun facts about electricity:

The life and inventions of Thomas Edison:

  • After Thomas Edison’s invention of the light bulb in 1878, he went on to invent over 2 000 new products, many of which are needed for us to use electricity in our homes. This includes, amongst other things, switches, sockets and fuses.
  • Thomas Edison owned the world’s first power plant, which opened in New York City in 1882.

What about Benjamin Franklin?

  • Benjamin Franklin was the first person to find a link between electricity and lightening. He noticed that they both created light, made loud noises when they exploded, were attracted to metal, etc.
  • Although Benjamin Franklin didn’t discover electricity, he did prove that lightning is a form of electricity.
  • He invented the lightening rod in the 18th
  • Benjamin Franklin coined many electrical related words during his experiments, including:
    • Battery
    • Conductor
    • Charge
    • Armature
    • Plus
    • Minus

Other interesting facts:

  • Ever heard of the phrase ‘speed of light’? Well, electricity travels at the same speed, which is about 300 000km per second.
  • A spark of electricity can measure up to 3 000 volts, whereas a bolt of lightening can measure up to 3 000 000 volts!
  • Coal is one of the world’s largest sources of energy for producing electricity. However, it can also be made from wind, water, the suns rays as well as animal poop.
  • Last but not least, Google accounts for around 0.013% of the world’s energy use, which is enough energy to continuously power 200 000 homes.

These fun facts about electricity prove that the subject is simply electrifying! Stay tuned for more interesting electricity- related stories.