Electricity – Did You Know?

Did you know?

Most electrical accidents are due to defective equipment, unsafe installation, or misuse, and can be prevented by following a few basic electricity safety rules:

  • Make sure you use certified suppliers and electricians
  • Avoid overloading power outlets with too many appliances
  • Unplug appliances when not in use
  • Protect electric cables
  • Follow specified safety advice at all times
  1. One lightning bolt has enough electricity to service 200,000 homes. 
  2. In one hour, the Earth receives more energy from the Sun than total world energy consumption for a year.
  3. Switching to the best technologies available today would save at least 40% of residential electricity consumption in most appliance categories.
  4. Standby power accounts for 10% of residential energy use in the OECD area. In other words, devices doing nothing add 10% to the average electricity bill.
  5. The terms we use to describe electricity are tributes to pioneers such as Volta who invented the electrochemical battery, Ampère and Hertz who worked on electromagnetism, Watt who developed the concept of horsepower, or Ohm whose law defines the relationship between voltage and current.

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