When it comes to electricity, every aspect of our lives is relevant from buying groceries to getting a new rechargeable car. So, why just settle in for fossil fuels when it comes to your energy needs? While you might not realize it, there are perfectly affordable and convenient alternatives out there that are easy to install and require less maintenance. Plus, if you really know your electricity, you will find it easier to work around it and know just what’s right for you. I hope to explore a few in simple terms for the layman so you can all employ different principles to achieve the same end result. We need electricity to operate our kitchen appliances, our electric blanket, various devices like shavers and hair dryers, and so much more. It goes from the macrocosm of a city grid system to the microcosm of your bathroom.
While electricity from a practical perspective, the topic can get mundane. There are two types: DC current is direct, which means electricity flows in only one direction while AC current is alternating and flows in both. Alternating current is used for electricity in the home is as you can easily change the voltage of the power with a transformer. In the United States, 120 volts is what comes out of the wall. Alternating current switches back and forth at a rapid rate; in the U.S. it switches 60 times per second. Is this more than you wanted to know?
But it does impact household decisions. Say you are buying a new water filtration system. You will no doubt select one that draws energy in the most economical way. Nowadays there are UV lights and osmosis units; you can set timers to increase efficiency. Sure, it is about saving money but also our natural resources. That is reason enough to explore alternatives, which you can do here. You can choose gas for example. It is popular for water heaters so why not filtration systems. Batteries are always a possibility.
I don’t want to get into the mechanics of electricity as that would take all day. Most people aren’t into the science part of it and just take it for granted. They do care, however, about being green and understanding how to control usage. That is an entirely different matter, and I am completely on board. You can’t say enough these days about conservation and waste. We all must do our parts. It is bigger than turning off the lights when you leave the house. It is about supporting local policy and extending your concern to the international arena.