Since the colder months are upon us and you’ll be relying on electricity more in the days to come, fall is the perfect time to have your electrical outlets and wiring in your home professionally serviced. After all, you want your house to be safe when it’s cold, wet and dark outside. Call your local electrician for a safety inspection to ensure that everything is working well and that you’re ready to button up for the winter. As you wait for your appointment, though, enjoy these electrical facts that you might not have known before!

  1. The ancient Egyptians understood that there is power in lightning and shocks from electrical fish, or “Thunderers of the Nile.”
  2. Manhattan’s Pearl Station was built in 1882 and was the first central power plant in the United States. It served a whopping 85 customers.
  3. That amazing lightning fork in the sky that we see is not actually a lightning strike, it’s the electric charge moving back into the cloud from the ground it struck.
  4. Ever wondered how static electricity works? It’s the effect of electrons jumping from one object to another.
  5. Even though we typically associate electricity with lightning, it can be created using so many more natural elements: The sun, water, wind and yes, even animal waste. Yup, you read that right!
  6. All living creatures have electricity present in their nerve cells, which pass signals to their muscles and command them to move.
  7. What is the speed of light? 186,000 miles per second. This is also how fast electricity moves.
  8. The United States uses 23% less electricity per year than Iceland. Iceland uses the most electricity per year in the world.
  9. The average American household uses about 11,000 kilowatts per year.

Who doesn’t love a list of fun facts? Show off your newfound knowledge to your electrician when he or she comes to inspect your home, kickstarting your way into a safe, warm fall and winter.

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