Have you ever imagined life without electricity? In rural areas and third world countries, people have learned to live without or with little. In urban areas, however, this could be considered chaotic. We simply need electricity.
Electricity is the flow of charges which stimulates power to supply to machines and motors. A source of energy runs every mechanical object. It is a necessity to our way of living. It is essential because it not only powers our appliances, it also breathes life to our vehicles, homes, schools, offices and other public and private buildings like hospitals.
Given technology and innovation, different forms of energy are developed and discovered daily. However, let’s cover the most accessible and most common ones in this article.
- Static Electricity
This is one of the things we learn in our elementary days. Have you ever seen a person with their hair rising whenever they rub a balloon on their head? I bet you have seen that many times in a science museum. You see, objects have atoms. Inside the atoms are different charges, namely: protons, electrons, and neurons. Rubbing a balloon on your hair creates opposite charges which then leads to imbalance and results in static electricity, this makes your hair rise.
- Current Electricity
While static electricity is an imbalance of charges, Current electricity is the consistent flow of electrons in a circuit. And when you have this flow, it creates the electricity we use to power homes and for other commercial use.
- Solar Electricity
From the Latin word “Solaris,” which means the sun. This type of electricity is connected to the biggest natural source of light. This is the best source of electricity, and it is likewise the most cost-effective form of energy.
In Solar Electricity, we use something called solar panels. These are used to convert sunlight into electricity which powers multiple machines. We often see these large panels on top of solar-powered houses to maximize the collection of sunlight.
- Hydro Electricity
Hydro means water. To put it simply, a dam is connected to a turbine. A turbine is connected to a generator, and a generator is connected to power lines which give electricity to our homes and businesses. What happens is, there is a flow of water from the dam to the turbine, the water then makes the blades of turbine rotate. An electric field is created in the generator which converts into electricity.
So you see, electricity is a great medium which improves the quality of our lives. It helps us to live comfortably. It powers technology which makes things easier. So it shouldn’t be a problem for us to give our best efforts to conserve energy.
Take small steps, like closing appliances when they are not in use, or using natural light when reading books. It is our duty and our responsibility to take care of our electrical resources, because if we don’t, what would become of us and the world we live in?