Did you know?...

  • Every year, New Zealand homes waste on average $150 of electricity.
  • An electric oven uses one kilowatt-hour of electricity in about 20 minutes, but one kilowatt-hour will power a TV for 3 hours, run a 100-watt bulb for 12 hours, and keep an electric clock ticking for 3 months.
  • One lightning bolt has enough electricity to service 200 000 homes.
  • First Lighthouse to use electricity - Statue of Liberty (1886)
  • In 1800 Count Alassandro Volta made the "voltaic pile", a battery.
  • His experiments,along with Luigi Galvani, applying electricity to frogs legs and making them jump when touched by an electric wire prompted Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley to write FRANKENSTEIN in 1818.
  • In 1957 a battery was discovered in Bagdad. It was made by the Parthians, who ruled Bagdad from 250 B.C.E. to 224 C.E., and was used to electroplate silver.
  • The Brooklyn Bridge was the first bridge to be lit using electricity.
  • The electric chair was invented by a dentist.
  • Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) was one of the most well known inventors of all time with 1093 patents
  • During the whole of his life, Edison received only three months of formal schooling, and was dismissed from school as being retarded.
  • The Livermore Centennial Light was manufactured in 1901 by the Shelby Electric Company. It is a hand-blown bulb with a carbon filament. It uses approximately 4 watts of electricity. The bulb has been left burning continuously in the firehouse as a night light over the fire trucks since 1901.
  • Electrocution is one of the top five causes of workplace deaths.
  • An Electric eel can produce an electric shock of up to 650 volts at one ampere.
  • Currents of approximately 0.2 A are potentially fatal, because they can make the heart fibrillate, or beat in an uncontrolled manner
  • Early in their history, Christmas lights were so expensive that they were more commonly rented than sold. An electrically lighted tree was a status symbol in the early 1900s.
  • A 100 watt modern light bulb emits about 1600 lumens, while a single flame oil lamp form the 1800s emitted about 2400 lumens.