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Where Electricity Comes From

In your home, electricity runs the lights, television, toaster, and more. Itís hard to even imagine what your life would be like without it. Itís easy to see what electricity does for us, but what is electricity? Electricity is a form of energy. Energy is power; the power to do and move things, and to make things work.

Hutchins Plumbing & A/C, Inc. Electricity begins with atoms . Atoms are tiny particles that are too small to see. Atoms make up everything around us. The center of the atom has at least one proton and one neutron . At least one electron travels around the center of the atom at very great speed. An outside force, called voltage , can push electrons from atom to atom. This movement of electrons produces electricity. We have found many ways to harness electricityís power and use it.

When you want to use electricity, you plug an electrical appliance, toy, or tool into the tiny holes in an outlet. Does electricity come from the tiny holes? Well, yes and no.

Electricity travels in a circuit that begins at a power plant. A thick coil of wire spins inside giant magnets at the plant, moving the electrons in the wire and making electricity flow.

The power plant sends electricity through a grid of power lines. First, big transmission wires on tall towers carry electricity to places called substations in different neighborhoods. These substations contain equipment that reduces electricityís voltage so it can travel on smaller power lines that branch out down streets, either on overhead power lines or lines that are buried underground.

Overhead and underground power lines carry electricity to transformers on poles or on the ground, where the voltage of electricity is reduced again so people can use it safely. (Transformers and substations contain equipment that is very dangerous to touch; thatís why they have warning signs on them.)

From transformers, electricity travels into buildings through wires called service drops. These connect to a meter box, which measures how much electricity is being used, and to all the wires that run inside walls to outlets and switches.
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When you plug something in and turn it on you complete electricityís circuit. Electricity flows from the wires in the wall, through the plugís metal prongs, and through the appliance cord to the motor of the appliance. Then it flows back through the appliance cord to the outlet and out to the wires and into the grid again.

Hutchins Plumbing & A/C, Inc. So, while electricity doesnít actually come from the little holes in outlets, it is waiting inside the outlet to be used ó much like water waits in pipes for you to turn on the faucet and let it flow.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, please do not hesitate to call us at one of our phone numbers listed below. For your convenience, you may also request services from this site.

Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to serving you in the near future!

214-383-3136 Allen
903-465-3903 Denison
214-436-4725 Frisco
972-562-6292 McKinney
972-312-0703 Plano
972-479-9313 Richardson

Hutchins Plumbing & A/C Inc. proudly services Grayson County and Collin County including the cities of Allen, Bells, Collinsville, Denison, Fairview, Farmersville, Frisco, Gordonville, Gunter, Howe, Lowry Crossing, Lucas, McKinney, New Hope, Plano, Pottsboro, Princeton, Prosper, Richardson, Sachse, Sadler, Sherman, Southmayd, Tioga, Tom Bean, Van Alstyne, Whitesboro, Whitewright, and Wylie.

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