10 Interesting and Fun Facts About Electricity


Electricity is an essential part of everyone’s life. It’s impossible to ponder that people used to live without it! Here are some fun and interesting tidbits we uncovered about this wonderful discovery.

1. Electricity travels at the speed of light — more than 186,000 miles per second. A spark of static electricity can measure up to 3,000 volts.

2. Lightning is a discharge of electricity in the atmosphere. Lightning bolts can travel at around 130,000 miles per hour and reach nearly 54,000° Fahrenheit.

3. Before electricity was part of human life, ancient Egyptians knew that lightning and shocks from electric fish were very powerful and could be deadly. They referred to the fish as the “Thunderers of the Nile.”

4. Electricity can be created using water, wind, the sun and even animal waste.

5. Why don’t birds sitting on power lines get electrocuted? If a bird sits on just one power line, it is safe. However, if the bird touches another line with a wing or a foot, it creates a circuit, causing the electricity to flow through the bird’s body and resulting in electrocution.

6. Two positive charges repel each other, as do two negative charges. On the other hand, opposite charges attract each other.

7. Electricity plays a role in the way your heart beats. It causes muscle cells in the heart to contract. Electrocardiogram (ECG) machines used by physicians measure the electricity going through the heart. As the heart beats, the ECG machine displays a line moving across the screen with regular spikes.

8. The world’s largest light bulb sits atop the Thomas Edison Memorial Tower in Edison, New Jersey. It’s 14 feet tall and weighs eight tons.

9. The very first central power plant in the world was Pearl Station. Built in 1882, it served 85 customers. It was located at 255-257 Pearl Street in Manhattan on a site measuring 50 by 100 feet and ran on coal.

10. Not surprisingly, China is the largest consumer of electricity in the world, followed by the U.S. Ironically, the much smaller Iceland is the largest consumer per person, with 50,613 Kilowatt hours consumed each year.

We hope you enjoyed these fun facts. Remember to call All Star Electric at (210) 391-0274 for all your residential and commercial electrical service needs in San Antonio!