Electricity is the base behind our lives. It enables us to make our lives easier, faster and more economical. There are many different uses of electricity that are used everyday. It would seem that we wouldn’t be able to survive without electricity in our lives everyday.
We use electricity in the following areas of our lives:
Heating water(cooking etc): 17% of Electricity
Air-conditioning (cooling etc): 6% of Electricity
Refrigeration(cooling etc): 5% of Electricity
Space Heating(under floor heating etc): 48% of Electricity
Lighting & Appliances( House lighting; stoves; kettles etc): 16% of Electricity
Other areas of usage: 8% of Electricity
We use Natural Gas, Electricity, Fuel Oil, and Propane and many more mediums to obtain this energy. These mediums can be divided into two groups-good and bad or rather :Renewable Energy Sources and Non-Renewable Energy Sources. Using Renewable Energy Sources is the safer and cleaner method of obtaining energy, for it does not effect the environment in a negative way and the materials are natural and replaceable in a short term basis. Using Non-Renewable Energy Sources is the negative way of obtaining energy, for it results in pollution (leading to global warming) and it is not replaceable on a short term basis, but rather on a long term basis.
Approximately 80% of residential energy use is consumed in single family homes, whilst 15% of energy is consumed in multi-family dwellings such as apartments, and 5% of energy is used in mobile homes. This proving how vital energy is to our lives, and showing how we rely so much on it and how we take this energy for granted.
Electricity is the most commonly formed use of energy in the household, and it is in most cases the root of all the other forms of energy that we use in the houe (heating etc). But what exactly is electricity and when was it first discovered? What about it makes us so independent of it?
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ELECTRICITY (THE ROOT OF LIFE)
South Africa is currently in a state of turmoil with the commonly used term of "Load Shedding". Eskom, South Africa's electricity and energy supplier, has run out of energy and therefore cannot supply South Africa with energy any longer. They claim that the problem has only recently come to the suface, yet it has been proven that the problem has been long coming. Scientists recently did a number of tests are proved that our supply of non-renewable energy sources (fossil fuels: coal, oil etc) are coming to an end and that a problem will soon be faced by the entire earth if we keep using them at the same rate. However, whenever or whoever started the problem and what led to the problem is irrelevant, for the main factor that everyone is struggling with is the lack of energy. "Load Shedding", which is the cutting of electricity in certain areas for 2 hours at a certain time in order to supply other areas with energy, has now become a nuisance for people are now sitting without energy and lights and it feels as if life in the area has just stopped. The problem is yet to worsen and become more frequent and it is time that the people of South Africa start to look for alternatives for the obtaining of energy. In South Africa we currently use 90% of Non-Renewable Energy and a mere 10% of Renewable Energy. Therefore, in this website, we evaluated the different manners of obtaining en energy (good and bad) and shed light on the areas of which energy can be easily obtained and not only to give advice to people of South Africa, but to the people in the high positions of Eskom, so as to help provide them with powerful solutions that can help restore the energy levels in South Africa and to help make a bright future for South Africa. Also, with us starting to use renewable energy sources, we will be able to set an example for other countries and thereby make a difference in making the world a cleaner place with a bright, distant future.A bright future that is clean and easy-for everyone.