Electricity has come a long way since Benjamin Franklin realized that sparks emitted from lightning strikes could generate power in 1752. The birth of the modern electric utility began in 1878 when Thomas Edison invented the practical lightbulb and although such gizmos and gadgets may have been a luxury to have in the 19th century, most of us will switch on and off our electrical devices and appliances every day without considering how far we’ve come.
How Electricity Changed Our Lives
The invention of electrical appliances is now widely a crucial part of the operation in every home, first came the iron, and it was followed by refrigerators, washing machines, and others. People use electricity for heating, lightning, cooling, operating appliances, computers, machinery, and public transport systems.
In 2021, electricity consumption in the United States was about 3.9 trillion kilowatt-hours! Electricity holds many accolades when it comes to enriching our every day lives. Electricity made the world safer, thanks to the electric light and stoves being able to be powered by electric instead of fire reduced the potential safety hazard.
Electricity has recent made waves in wider society with the mainstream introduction of electric vehicles. Around 1832, Robert Anderson develops the first crude electric vehicle, but it isn’t until the 1870s or later that electric cars become practical. The biggest problem that remained was the battery. Lead-acid batteries were still heavy and bulky and could store little energy per unit of weight. Fast-forward to 2022, Tesla is the best-selling EV automaker in the world with more than 3 million cars sold! Electricity is often said to be the greatest invention in the history because it opened people up to a whole new world.
The global ambition to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050 means we’ll likely be using more electricity than ever before in the coming years. Using renewable energy sources – such as wind and solar power – is one of the fastest-growing ways to get cleaner, greener electricity. This means that, to reduce CO2 emissions and reach net zero, more aspects of our lives that previously relied on fossil fuels will need to start using electricity instead.
The evolution of this technology and infrastructure within the electric industry is guaranteed. As we explore new ways to harness and distribute energy, whilst remaining kind to the environment, we’re likely to see this affect how we use our energy.
Electrical Support You Can Trust
At Vittetoe Electric, we’re committed to supporting all technologies. Our experienced electricians are skilled and knowledgeable about the latest trends in our industry and what it could mean for you. We’re your single source for a complete range of high-quality electrical services and are dedicated to providing the best solution for your individual circumstances.
Electricity may change, but Vittetoe Electric will always be reliable and there to help homeowners in Colorado.