A History of Electricity by Union Atlantic

Providing electricity to individuals and families in a cost-effective, environmentally friendly, ethical and successful manner is of the utmost importance to Union Atlantic Electricity. Subsequently, knowing everything possible about electricity is also incredibly pertinent for us. In this blog post, we discuss the origins of electricity and how it is evolved to the behemoth energy source we base our company around today.

Electricity has humble, English beginnings. In 1600, William Gilbert published his treatise De magnete, Magneticisique Corporibus (On the Magnet). Printed in Latin, the book explained years of Gilbert’s research  on electricity and magnetism. Gilbert raised interest in the new science greatly. It was Gilbert who coined the expression “electrica” in his famous book.

In regards to history that is a little more recent, you have probably heard about the famous kite experiment by American Founding Father and inventor Benjamin Franklin. In this famed incident in 1752, Franklin flew a kite during a thunderstorm to prove that lightning was electrical.

He tied a metal key onto the string and as he suspected it would, electricity from the storm clouds flowed down the string, which was wet, and he received an electrical shock. Throughout the next hundred years, many inventors and scientists tried to find a way to use electrical power to make light. In 1879, the American inventor Thomas Edison was ultimately able to produce a reliable, long-lasting incandescent light bulb in his laboratory.

By the end of the 1880s, small electrical stations based on Edison’s designs were in a number of U.S. cities. But each station was able to power only a few blocks in each area.

Although the majority of people living in larger towns and cities had electricity by 1930, only 10 percent of Americans who lived on farms and in rural areas had electric power. At this time, electric companies were all privately owned and thought it wouldn’t be financially sound to extend electricity capabilities into rural, less-populated areas. However, President Franklin D. Roosevelt believed strongly that America’s farming areas should have the same access to electricity as cities did. In 1935 the Rural Electric Administration was created as part of the New Deal to bring electricity to rural areas like the Tennessee Valley.

By 1939 the percentage of rural homes with electricity had risen to 25 percent. The Tennessee Valley Authority was created to bring new technologies to rural areas. Farm families of that time found that these helpful electric appliances made their lives much easier and merged them with a booming, progressive society. 

Today, Americans’ standard of living has risen as nearly everyone has electric power at home, school and at work. Electricity is an undeniably integral part of life- contact Union Atlantic Electricity today to help you with one of life’s largest necessities.

 

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