If you know your science history, then you know that electricity was mainly an intellectual curiosity until the 17th century when English scientist William Gilbert first began his extensive studies. Because of this, he is known as the father of modern electrical engineering.
Many wondrous advances have been made since Gilbert published De Magnete in 1600, and while we harness the power of electricity every day, there are certainly many things you probably don’t know about it. luckily for you (and us), GB Energy Supply produced this nifty infographic detailing 30 mind-blowing facts about electricity. One such fact includes the real reason behind why Thomas Edison invented the electric chair, and it wasn’t to fry people.
Some of the highlights from this include the fact that Iceland is the only country in the world to generate all of their electricity from renewable resources, the deserts of the world receive more energy from the sun in 6 hours than the entire world consumes in a year, and that 30% of electricity used in buildings is used inefficiently or unnecessarily.
The lads over at GB have also put together some interesting articles concerning how the weather affects human behavior, some bizarre alternative sources of energy and they even have a post helping you decode your energy bill.
All in all, this serves as a massive reminder that we need to reevaluate how we utilize energy and realize that our actions do have repercussions.