Why is electricity important?

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Electricity is important for a large number of reasons.  Here are 11 reasons (in no particular order) for why electricity is important. 

  • It is a universal energy source and can be created from a variety of methods.  For example, electricity can be created through solar power, hydropower, wind power, natural gas, and nuclear power.
  • Based on the production methods just listed, electricity can be produced from a variety of renewable sources. 
  • It is a versatile energy source.
  • Electricity is weightless.
  • It is easy to transport and distribute.
  • At the "point of use" it suffers from very little energy loss.  
  • It converts easily into other energy types like light (to brighten rooms and illuminate homes/business at night), sound (in things like speakers), and motion (electric motors for cars and toys). 
  • It can be stored (batteries).
  • It can be used to communicate (Morse code).
  • Electric charge can be created/transmitted through connected wires (conduction) or wirelessly through the air (induction). 
  • It's clean (dependent on how it is produced in the first place). 
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