We are dependent on energy as we live our day-to-day lives. Powering our homes and businesses, it can be a major inconvenience when the power is lost. For inquisitive minds, many people are curious about how energy is made. Today, we at Simon Electric would like to elaborate on the fundamentals.
Basic Fundamentals of Electricity
Simply put, electricity is the flow of electrons from one place to another, and more particularly, flowing around a circuit. Where you learned about atoms, or the “building blocks of life,” you can probably think back to your high school chemistry class. The negatively charged subatomic particles are electrons. Electricity is produced if one of these electrons is freed from an atom and forced to move. Requiring the least amount of force to be freed from an atom, the outermost electrons, or valence electrons. The process begins all over again, producing an electric current when free electrons find new atoms to latch onto, they “kick out” an existing electron. These elements are great conductors of electricity due to the elements like copper, silver and gold having very mobile electrons.
Where Does Electricity Come From?
Electricity is working hard behind the scenes in order for you to flip a switch or press an “on” button. Fossil fuel, such as coal, oil and natural gas, nuclear power and renewable alternatives, such as wind, solar and hydropower. Turns a magnet in a generator, this fuel creates steam or fluid that moves a turbine. This electric current still has a long way to travel to get to you. Amplifying the voltage, once the generator produces electric current, it’s transported through thick wires to transformers. To the power grid goes this high-voltage electricity. Reducing the voltage for use in large settings like factories, at the power grid, electricity is moved to different substations. Either buried or mounted, for electricity to actually make it to you, it’s distributed to local transformers through power lines. To allow you to receive electricity, these local transformers further reduce voltage. You have completed the circuit and electricity will flow when it finally arrives in your home and you flip that switch or press that “on” button.
Electrical Services in Delray Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter & Boca Raton & Palm Beach County Florida
Electricity can be dangerous when not properly handled. When you have electricity needs, no matter how big or small, it is essential that you avoid putting you and your loved one in harms way. It is essential that you allow professionals to do the electrical work for you. For your electrical services in the Greater Palm Beach County, Florida, the professionals of Simon Electric are readily available to provide you with our expertise. Our certified technicians have the knowledge and skills to ensure electrical services are done with long-term efficiency and done safely. Contact Simon Electric today and let our professionals assist you with your electrical installations, repairs, replacements, upgrades, and any other electrical services your Palm Beach County, FL home or business require. Our experts are happy to help you with any of the electrical services. Call us today to get started.