When Energy Lit up the World

Energy has fascinated human kind since our ancestors discovered fire and our curiosity has inspired many inventions over the years helping make life that little bit easier.

As a result, we’ve become more dependent on energy and electricity so we wanted to highlight the best ways energy has lit up our world…

It brought light to our homes

More than a century ago, inventors began working on a bright idea that would drastically change how we use energy – the light bulb.

One of the biggest developing light technologies is LED, the most efficient light on the market known for its little energy usage and its ability to last longer.

Unlike regular bulbs, they use 90% less energy and are instantly bright once switched on. As energy efficiency improves so do the prices, these bulbs are now getting cheaper by the day.

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It connected us

The first telephone call was made on March 10, 1876 by Alexander Graham Bell to his assistant: “Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you.”

It’s hard to imagine a world where we can’t speak to someone at the click of a button, now almost 93% of adults in the UK own/use a mobile phone.

It’s estimated 1kWh will get you through the year, this is the equivalent to powering ten 100-watt lightbulbs for an hour, so nothing to be sheepish over (yet!).

It joined us with the world

The internet has revolutionised the way we stay connected with the world.

You may think the cute pictures of your dogs are being sent to a cloud somewhere in the sky but they’re really sitting on a tonne of hard drives somewhere in the world and managing these drives takes a lot of energy.

In 2011 it was estimated that the world used 2% of its energy on the internet alone …so we can only imagine what it sits at now. We’ve come a long way since dial-up with super-fast broadband at our fingertips, we can now reach speeds of up to 80mb. Mind blowing!

It gave us accurate readings

Gone are the days of running to the shop in the pouring rain or clearing out the cupboard to get sight of your meter – smart meters allow us to keep an eye on how much we’re spending in real-time and send your readings directly to us!

Whether you have a pre-payment or traditional smart meter you can benefit from easier energy straight away. To find out how you can claim your free smart meter, please visit our website.

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