Sources of Electricity

Electricity sources are everywhere in the world. There is a wide range of energy resources available to generate electricity, but they often fall into two main categories: renewable and non-renewable energy resources.  Each of these resources can be used as a source to generate electricity, which is a very useful way of transferring energy from one place to another such as the home or industry.

A spark of static electricity can measure up to three thousand (3,000 volts) volts. A bolt of lightning can measure up to three million (3,000,000) volts, and it lasts less than one second!

The electricity we use in our homes every day for heat, light, and power comes from primary sources such as:

  • oil
  • natural power
  • coal
  • natural gas
  • solar (sunlight) and other natural sources

Energy Star
Energy Star is a United States Environmental Protection Agency voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency.

You can save both energy and money by choosing Energy Star appliances. For information on how to choose appliances, visit Energy Star.