1. Inside the power plant, coal, oil or gas is
burned in a big boiler to create steam. If the
plant is hydro-electric, water is used.
2. The steam (or water for hydro plants) is
used to spin a big fan, known as a turbine
The turbine turns a big magnet inside a generator
like an electric motor that works in reverse - to
create an electrical current.
3. The electricity is sent through a
transformer to make it the right voltage.
This gives the electricity enough pressure to
travel long distances.
4. Big high-voltage transmission lines carry
the electricity to your city or suburb.
5. It passes through sub-stations, where the
voltage is lowered to make it safe to use
in our homes.
>6. It travels through smaller power lines to
7. It passes through an electricity meter that
measures how much your family uses.
8. The electricity goes to the switch board in
your home, where it is divided into different
circuits for each area of your house.
>9. The electricity travels through wires
inside the walls to the outlets and switches all
over your house.
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