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Electricity and Conserving Resources. State Objectives 2.d. and 4.d. . What is Electricity?. Electricity is a form of energy produced by the flow of electrons from one point to another.

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Electricity and conserving resources

Electricity and Conserving Resources

State Objectives 2.d. and 4.d.

What is electricity
What is Electricity?

  • Electricity is a form of energy produced by the flow of electrons from one point to another.

  • Current electricity is a continuous flow of electricity or the amount of a charge that moves past a certain point each second

    • SI unit for current is the ampere or amp

Dc versus ac current
DC versus AC Current

  • DC current is when the electrical charge moves in one direction

    • Ex. Batteries

      • Always flow from the negative terminal to the positive terminal.

  • AC current is when the electrical charge flows in one direction, then in the reverse direction over and over again

    • Ex. Electrical current from the power plant to your home

Controlling a current
Controlling a Current

  • Voltage: the measure of how much electrical potential energy each electron can gain (push)

    • Standard Unit: Volts

  • Resistance: the measure of how difficult it is for electrons to flow through a material (friction)

    – Standard unit: Ohms

    • Insulators have a higher resistance than conductors.

Currents flow in circuits
Currents Flow In Circuits

  • An electric circuit is a complete path for the flow of electricity

    • Open circuits have a break in the path

    • Closed circuits have no breaks in the path

Electric power
Electric Power

  • Electric power is the rate at which electrical energy is converted into other energy forms (SI unit is the watt)

    • 1 kilowatt= 1,000 watts

Power used be common appliances
Power used be common Appliances

Which appliance would use the most energy after 15 minutes? A computer or a refrigerator

Generating electricity
Generating Electricity

  • Generators are devices that spin a coiled wire within a magnetic field to produce electricity

    • The mechanical energy of a spinning turbine is transformed into electrical energy for human use.

    • Primary method for producing the electricity in homes, schools, & the community.

What spins the turbine
What Spins the Turbine?

  • Energy is produced by burning fossil fuels to boil water produces steam that turns a turbine to generate electricity.

    • Burning fossil fuels causes a large amount of pollution

Power grids
Power Grids

  • A power grid is a transmission network that connects power plants to multiple substations near a populated area.

    • Allows distant energy sources (such as hydroelectric power plants) to be connected to consumers in population centers


  • A substation is a part of an electrical distribution system that switches, changes, or regulates electric voltage.

    • transform voltage from high to low, or the reverse.

  • A substation that has a step-up transformer increases the voltage while decreasing the current.

  • A substation that has a step-down transformer decreases the voltage while increasing the current for domestic and commercial distribution.

Transmission lines
Transmission Lines

  • Transmission lines carry electricity from power plants to distribution systems that power commercial and domestic consumers.


  • Device that transfers electrical energy from one circuit to another & changes the voltage by increasing or decreasing it.

    • Helps monitor the operation of the power grid and measures current.

Path of electricity through a power grid
Path of Electricity through a Power Grid

  • Power Plant

  • Substation ( there are several along the way)

  • Transmission Lines ( high & low voltage)

  • Transformer (lowers voltage before entering the home)

  • Junction Box on the home (brings it into the home)

  • Outlet (sends it to electrical devices)

  • Electric circuit for a blow dryer

Resources for energy

Resources for Energy

State Objective 4.d.

What are resources
What are Resources?

Naturalresources are the parts of the environment that are useful or necessary for the survival of living organisms.

Two types of resources
Two Types of Resources

Renewableresources are resources that are constantly being recycled or replaced by nature. For example, sunlight, water, and air.

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Two Types of Resources

  • Nonrenewable resources are resources that are used up more quickly than they are replaced.

    • Ex. Minerals, metals, & fossil fuels

Energy use
Energy Use

  • Most energy used by humans comes from fossil fuels.

Fossil fuels
Fossil Fuels

  • Made of hydrocarbons, compounds that contain carbon and hydrogen atoms.

  • Combustion is the process of burning fossil fuels to release energy.

    • Carbon dioxide and water are two other products of combustion.


  • Coal is a sedimentary rock formed from dead plant matter that is buried underwater

    • Solid fossil fuel formed from plant remains.

    • Makes up about 23 percent of fuel used in the United States.

    • Most is used for electrical power plants.

Petroleum oil
Petroleum (Oil)

  • Petroleum (oil) is a mineral made from the remains of dead marine organisms buried in Earth’s crust.

    • takes hundreds of millions of years to form

    • Provides one-third of world’s energy.

    • Can be turned into gasoline, diesel fuel, paints, and plastics.

Natural gas
Natural Gas

  • Natural gas is a colorless, odorless gas made mostly of methane

    • Made mostly of methane but contains other gases.

    • Often found with oil deposits.

Alternative energy sources
Alternative Energy Sources

  • Why is it important that we find alternatives to fossil fuels? Give at least three reasons.

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Alternative Energy Sources

  • Hydroelectric power is produced when falling water is used to turn the turbine in an electric generator. No pollution is produced but building dams can damage habitats.

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Alternative Energy Sources

  • Wind power generates electricity by using windmills to turn the blades of a generator.

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Alternative Energy Sources

  • Nuclear energy is released when the nuclei of uranium atoms are split apart. This energy is used to produce steam to turn the blades of a generator. Nuclear power does not produce air pollution but does produce radioactive wastes.

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Alternative Energy Sources

  • Geothermal energy is heat energy contained in Earth’s crust. This energy is used to produce steam to generate electricity.

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Alternative Energy Sources

  • Biomass is a renewable energy source made from living or recently living organisms.

  • Examples include garbage, wood, wastes, landfill gases.

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Alternative Energy Sources

  • Solar energy is the leading alternative to fossil fuels because it is inexhaustible and produces no pollution. However, it is very expensive.

  • Photovoltaic cells are devices that convert light energy into electric energy.


  • A pollutant is any substance that contaminates the environment.

  • Examples of air pollutants include smoke, ash, carbon monoxide, and carbon dioxide.

Greenhouse effect
Greenhouse Effect

  • The greenhouse effect is the natural trapping of the Sun’s heat by the Earth’s atmosphere. Gases that contribute to the greenhouse effect include water vapor, carbon dioxide, and methane.

Global warming
Global Warming

  • As more CO2 is added, the atmosphere traps more heat, causing global warming.

Effects of global warming
Effects of Global Warming

  • It changes rainfall patterns.

  • It may increase the amount of storms and hurricanes.

  • It could cause the polar ice caps to melt.

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Global Warming

  • Sea-level rise is an increase in sea level that may be caused by global warming.

  • The rise is caused by the expansion of the seawater and by ice that melts and flows into the ocean.

Ozone depletion
Ozone Depletion

  • The ozone layer of the atmosphere absorbs harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the Sun. Ozone depletion is the thinning of the ozone layer. This allows more UV radiation to reach Earth and could cause an increase in skin cancer.

Effects of overpopulation
Effects of Overpopulation

  • inadequate freshwater

  • depletion of natural resources

  • increased pollution

  • loss of biodiversity or entire ecosystems

  • global warming

  • mass extinctions

How can we help

How Can We Help?

Conserving Resources & the Environment

Ways to conserve energy
Ways to Conserve Energy

  • 1. Turn off lights when not in use.

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Ways to Conserve Energy

  • 2. Car pool or use public transportation.

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Ways to Conserve Energy

  • 3. Walk or ride a bicycle.

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Ways to Conserve Energy

  • 4. Use energy efficient appliances and bulbs.