At Olympus Energy we place a high value on education. Both for our employees and our customers. And as your power company of choice in Edmonton, we want you to be informed every step of the way. After all, electricity is a modern day necessity, and since you’re paying for it, you should know what it is you’re getting and how you’re getting it.
Today we’re going to talk about how electricity moves from beginning to end. From how it’s generated to how it makes it to your home or business. We hope this blog post will help demystify the process and help you understand. Plus, you can show off your newfound knowledge with your friends. Or… just have them read our post themselves.
First things first…
You may have heard of AC currents (which stands for active currents). AC current is one in which the flow of electricity goes one way and back the other way. AC power is what makes our houses or business go, so to speak. Many of the appliances, tools, computers, etc. we use on daily basis wouldn’t be able to function without it.
Without AC currents, powering our day-to-day lives would be a lot more expensive, if it were even possible. The reason we use AC currents is because, unlike DC currents (or direct currents), AC currents allow the use of a transformer.
In order to reach your home, power plants send out AC currents at high voltage rates, which allow it to travel quickly. However, if the current was to enter your home, go through your walls, and into your appliances at that high a voltage, you’d have a big problem. That’s where the transformer comes in. Before the current enters your home, it is “transformed” to a lower voltage, thus allowing you to run electric-powered items safely and efficiently.
From the power plant to your home
Now that we’ve covered a little about what sort of power your home or work uses, let’s dive into each step of the process.
There are many ways in which electricity is generated. It can come from wind (i.e. windmills), water (i.e. hydroelectric plants like dams), coal, or even biomass (i.e. burning food or yard waste). Generators then sell their electricity at a wholesale for a set price per hour.
We mostly covered the transmission of electricity above, but it’s worth noting that electricity does not go straight from the generators into homes. It travels across high-voltage transmission lines to local substations. These substations are likely the images your mind conjures up as you think about electricity and where it comes from as you’ve probably seen one near your house or place of work.
This is where transformers come in. From substations, the electricity voltage is lowered — your home typically uses 240 and 120-volt outlets that are then sent to your home.
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That’s where we come in!
Olympus Energy makes energy solutions simple
We hope this brief little tour of electricity was informative and helpful in understanding where electricity comes from, how it gets to you, and where exactly it is Olympus fits into the process.
As Edmonton’s foremost electricity provider, we want to make sure your energy needs are being met while keeping your rates low.
When you switch to Olympus Energy, you could be saving over $500 a year. We even do what we call our $100 challenge. That’s where you send us your bill, and if we can’t save you money, we’ll give you $100 just for taking the time to do so!