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Article  •  7 May 2024


10 things you didn’t know about electricity

Check out 10 fun electricity facts from Lee Constable’s new book.

How to Save the Whole Blinkin’ Planet is an engaging book that takes readers on a journey through the past, present and future of renewable energy. While the book is aimed at kids, it will teach readers of all ages about where electricity comes from, how it works, and how we can re-think it to have a brighter future. 

For a hint at what you can expect inside, scroll on for ten surprising facts about electricity.

10 electricity fun facts

  1. Humans didn’t actually invent electricity. It already existed in nature, but we figured out fun new ways to harness it. 
  2. Around a quarter of household energy use is from heating water.
  3. When a light globe is on, trillions of electrons flow through it, making it glow. 
  4. Electrons have to be in a loop to flow. 
  5. Coal mines are the biggest source of fossil gas emissions in Australia. 
  6. ‘Renewable energy’ refers to energy made from things that can be renewed (for example, wind sun and water). 
  7. If all the vehicles in Australia were electric, we would cut at least six per cent of our greenhouse-gas emissions. 
  8. In New Zealand’s Taupo Volcanic Zone, geothermal energy is harnessed to create power. 
  9. There are two types of nuclear reactions: fission and fusion. Nuclear fusion happens in the middle of stars, and scientists and engineers have been working on ways to harness this power to make electricity. 
  10. Batteries contain precious metals and hazardous substances. Make sure you dispose of them safely at an e-waste collection point or battery store.


For more electricity facts like this, check out How to Save the Whole Blinkin' Planet

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How to Save the Whole Blinkin' Planet
Let’s go on a renewable energy adventure and imagine a brighter future for the whole blinkin’ planet! Join engaging TV host and science communicator Lee Constable and award-winning graphic novelist and ex-quantum physicist Aśka, as they explore the future of energy.
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