A Portrait of Electricity

Since its democratization in the late nineteenth century, electricity has become a major catalyst for economic development by becoming essential for American energy.

Today, electricity can come from a variety of sources : hydro, geothermal, solar, wind (renewable) or coal, oil and gas (fossil fuel).

In the United States, fossil fuels are still the most used source of energy to make electricity, yet renewable energy becomes more and more popular (his share doubled up since 2008!)

To better understand the fervor for electric heating, it is legitimate to ask what electricity is.

Electricity has always existed in nature: we need only to think of lightning, which in itself is quite a striking manifestation. Even though it was not invented, this natural phenomenon, however, was recreated by numerous curious researchers who shared the results of their experiments and discoveries beginning in the seventeenth century. Think of the Italian Volta, the French Ampere, or the American Franklin, to name only a few, who have managed, thanks to their extraordinary stubbornness and their skills, to circulate electric current in simple cables which now feeds many homes worldwide.

In the United States, the use of electricity as an heating solution varies from one region to another. Natural gas is still the most used option by Americans to heat their homes. In 2016, about 48% of homes used it as heating fuel. Electricity was then used in 38 % of homes for heating. The remaining Americans are using other fuels, such as kerosene, propane or wood.

Heating and cooling occupies almost half of the energy of an average American home. Needless to say, residential heating has a very significant impact on the budget of American families. One thing is undeniable : regardless of the energy source used to heat buildings, the more we improve the insulation, the more we save on energy costs.

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