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Power Trips

C.B. Gavant

You flick the switch, and presto, the lights go on, right? The CD player plays, the fan whirs, the fridge hums. But then when the power goes out in a storm, we’re in the dark! What’s going on? Here’s the story of how electricity gets to your house.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Step 1: Power Plant The power plant that supplies your house with electricity might be hundreds of miles away from your home. It uses fuel such as coal, natural gas, water, or wind to create heat energy. The heat energy is then converted to electrical energy. The electrical energy is then sent through transformers — this makes the electricity much stronger, increasing the voltage more than 1,000 percent. 

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