03 Sep A few facts – Whats Watt?
The summer holidays throughout August are not a break from education but is to help and prepare children, teenagers and even adults for the next chapter they will be starting September. Whether that be a new school, a new class, a new challenge, a new career or even a new hobby. Learning something new never stops in any stage of where your life is at so here a few electrical facts you may of not known before …
Boilers and gas hobs will be banned in new-build homes in just six years.
Although this will initially cost more to build than the traditional heating systems, the planned 1.5million new UK homes will be low-carbon, energy and water efficient. Did you know there is a government funded scheme in place to help replace old boilers called Energy Company Obligation and if you meet the requirements families will receive a big discount to help with the cost.
Electricity travels at the speed of light about 300,000 kilometres per second
Just to put this fact into perspective 300,000 km per second is equivalent to travelling 671080887.61632 miles per hour.
A spark of static electricity can measure up to 3,000 volts
A shock can actually range from 2,000 – 4,000 volts but it does depend on the size of your body, feet and even the thickness of your shoe soles! The good news is that Static electricity can’t seriously harm you due to your body composing largely of water.
A bolt of lighting can measure up to three million colts and lasts less than one second
The chances of being struck by lighting are 300,000 to 1 so along as you are not under a tree, wear rubber sole shoes or stay indoors you are less likely to be hit.
The first successful electric car was built in 1891
Electric cars are not as new as you think they are. In 1891 a American inventor names William Morrison created the first successful electric car with his invention of improved storage batteries. It is believed he installed 24 of the batteries to a horse-drawn carriage with an electric motor along with steering for complete control. This invention helped pave the way for the hybrid electric cars of the 21st Century.
LED Light bulbs use about one-sixth of the electricity that conventional bulbs do and last around 40 times longer.
LED stands for light emitting diode and are tiny semiconductors wrapped in plastic to protect the elements and focus the light and don’t have wire filaments that produce heat and light when the energy flows through them like an incandescent lightbulb. This means the LED Bulbs use at least 75% less energy to than incandescent lighting but creates the same brightness.
In the words of Nelson Mandela “It always seems impossible until it’s done”