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10 Fun Facts About Electricity

02 May 2018

Electricity is now a necessity in modern life whether it be for powering all of our modern technology or simply lighting up a street once the sun has set. At The Electric Board we know that Electricity is what allows 90% of modern businesses in the UK no matter how large or small to operate. We find it a truley fastening  subject and want to share some fun facts about electricity with you.


brain1. Electricity travels at 6,696,000 miles per hour. (That’s faster than the speed of Light!)

2. Electricity is found throughout the human body. The flow of charged ions causes your heart to beat and your muscles to contract. But nowhere in the body is electrical activity better documented than the brain, which contains roughly a hundred billion electrically conductive, biological wires.

3. An average lightning bolt can release enough energy to operate a 100-watt light bulb for more than three months straight (about 250 kilowatt-hours of energy).

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4. Electric eels can produce shocks of 500 volts or more.

5. Fossil fuels are the largest source of electricity, but renewable sources like wind, solar and hydro are also able to produce electricity.

6. The first successful electric car was built in 1891 by American inventor William Morrison.

7. Electric fields work in a similar way to gravity. Whereas gravity always attracts, electric fields can either attract or repulse.

birds8. Ever wondered why birds that sit on power lines don’t get electrocuted? If a bird sits on only one power line it’s safe. If the bird touches any part of its body to another line, it creates a circuit, causing electrocution.

9. American Benjamin Franklin carried out extensive electricity research in the 18th century, inventing the lightning rod amongst his many discoveries. Lightning rods protect buildings in the event of lightning by conducting lightning strikes through a grounded wire.

10. A typical microwave oven consumes more electricity powering its digital clock than it does heating food.

These facts were sourced from: Source 1, Source 2, Source 3