1.3.5 Electricity from a home perspective

Electricity provides comfort and is the platform our modern society is built upon. Still electricity is not very present in our conciousness or daily life. We depend upon it, but we do seldom touch it. I believe this is the primary touch points in our daily life with electricity:

Comfort

Providing comfort

Providing comfort

Electricity provides us with an instant and unlimited source of energy that power all the items that makes our lives more comfortable. Light and heat affects us the most as energy source for easy reading, preparing meals, stable indoor temperature and entertainment. I believe our habit of easy comfort would be greatly compromised without access to unlimited and readily available energy.

Anachronism

Anachronisms in a digital life

Anachronisms in a digital life

Some times, as parts of the infrastructure might be old and strained, we have to change the active components in the system, like a fuse. In our modern world there is a surprisingly high number of old electrical infrastructure around us. There is ofcourse variance to this, but that such analogue items even exists today is for me a bit bewildering.

Money

Online payment

Online payment

In Norway the electricity is quite cheap and only varies a little through the seasons. Other countries have different pricing through the day to encourage saving when the total consumption is high.

Summary

These touchpoints makes it quite visible how little we can affect our daily handling of electricity. We cannot easily change the source of the currents, we depend upon an hierarchy for distribution we cannot control.

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