How Electricty gets to your Home
Getting Electricity to your Home
This is how it all works
- Steam is generated at the electricty plant by the burning of fossil fuels – or at a nuclear or hydroelectric plant.
- The steam powers a turbine which spins a huge magnet inside a copper wire. Heat energy converts to mechanical energy which then converts to electrical energy in the generator.
- Elecricity flows from the power plant through wires to the step up transformer. The transformer raises the pressure so it can travel long distances – its raised as high as 756,000 volts
- The electric current then runs through the power lines to the substation transformer where pressure is lowered to between 2000 and 13000 volts
- Electricity is then taken through the lines to a pole transfomer – or a transformer box if underground – and pressure is lowered again to between 120 and 240 volts
- From here electricity comes into your home through a service box, where your meter is located to measure how much you use. Wires take electricty around your home powering your lights and all your other appliances