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Electricity 101

We all use electricity. You wake up in the morning and switch on the lights.  You turn on your TV to listen to the news or entertainment program.  Do you use a microwave?  Blow Dry your hair?  How about use a computer or cell phone?  For all of these things, you need electricity.

Electricity is an integral part of our daily lives in modern society; yet how often do you think about it? Sure, you get your bill and pay it, but I think we all forget about how important it is in our lives until the power goes out.

Where does it come from?

So where does it come from? How does it get to your home?  Well, for starters, all electricity is a naturally occurring phenomenon that we have learned to harness.  Electricity is produced via the conversion of other sources of energy into electrical power.  For modern commercial usage, the electricity that powers your home or business is most frequently generated at a power plant using nonrenewable fossil fuels (such as coal and natural gas) or renewable resources (such as water, wind, and Sunshine), turning them into usable electricity.

Once the electricity is generated at the power plant, the electric power flows over the grid; an interconnected network of power plants, Transmission and Power Substations, high voltage transmission lines, Transformers, and distribution lines. Electric power created at the power plant flows to a transformer within the transmission substation, which increases the voltage for transmission.  Then, the 450,000 miles of high voltage transmission lines (that connect the grid) carry the electricity to your neighborhood transformer.  There, the voltage is stepped down at a power substation and carried on distribution lines (better known as power lines) to a nearby transformer drum.  The transformer drums sit on the distribution lines and step down the electricity voltage even further before sending it to your home or business.

Where does LifeEnergy fit into the picture?

In certain states across the nation, consumers have the power to choose their energy supplier.   Commonly, these areas are known as deregulated, or electric choice, markets.  In these markets, consumers are no longer forced to receive a one size fits all energy rate from their utility.  Rather, competitive energy suppliers, such as LifeEnergy, can enter these markets offer a variety of electric power plans designed to meet the varied needs of today‚Äôs sophisticated customers.  The utilities in these areas are still responsible for delivering the power from the power plants to the customer, so there is absolutely no impact on reliability by picking a competitive supplier like LifeEnergy.

What is in it for you? Well for starters, now you have the power to select the residential or commercial electricity plan that best fits you and your life needs.  In addition, LifeEnergy sources our energy from the competitive energy markets, so that we can find the lowest cost energy available – lower costs for us means a lower bill for you!

 

So next time you turn on your light or plug your cellphone charger into the wall, remember that there are a lot of people and systems all working together to ensure that not only are you receiving electricity supply, but also that you are paying the best rate for it.