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What is the Electrical Grid?

Have you ever wondered how electricity seamlessly powers your home whenever you flip a switch or plug in a device? Behind this convenience lies a complex system known as the electrical grid. Let’s delve into what the grid is and how it relates to your home electricity.

The electrical grid is a vast network of interconnected power lines, substations, transformers, and generating stations that work together to deliver electricity from power plants to homes, businesses, and industries. It operates on the principle of supply and demand, ensuring that electricity is constantly available and distributed efficiently.

At the heart of the grid are power plants, where electricity is generated using various sources such as coal, natural gas, nuclear, wind, solar, hydro, and geothermal energy. Once generated, electricity travels through high-voltage transmission lines to substations, where its voltage is lowered for safer distribution.

From substations, electricity is further transmitted through distribution lines to neighborhoods and eventually to individual homes and businesses. Along the way, transformers step down the voltage to levels suitable for household use. Once electricity reaches your home, it flows through your meter and into your electrical panel, where circuit breakers or fuses ensure safety by controlling the flow of electricity to different circuits.

Understanding the grid is crucial for homeowners because it impacts electricity reliability, cost, and sustainability. It allows us to appreciate the importance of energy conservation and the role of renewable energy sources in reducing our carbon footprint.

Moreover, advancements in technology, such as smart meters and home energy management systems, enable homeowners to monitor their electricity usage in real-time, optimize energy efficiency, and even participate in demand-response programs to help balance the grid.

The grid is the backbone of our modern electrical infrastructure, ensuring that electricity reaches our homes reliably and safely. By understanding how it works, homeowners can make informed decisions about their energy consumption and contribute to a more sustainable energy future.

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Did you know as a valued ResCom Energy customer you are automatically enrolled on our rewards program? Every month you get 50 Reward Dollars redeemable for a variety of benefits. Check out the three most popular ways to use your Rewards Dollars below!

1. Daily Gift Card Giveaway: The name says is all. We give away a gift card every day to one lucky winner. Our giveaway features rotating gift cards from all the brand names you love. We want our customers to spend a little extra on their next trip to Walmart or Target, take on that home improvement project at Home Depot or Lowes, or grab a coffee at Starbucks or Dunkin on the way to work. Enter for your chance to win every day. 

2. Monthly “Pick to Win”: Can’t wat until next month for your next deposit of Reward Dollars? Test knowledge and play Pick to Win for your chance to win a bonus 25 Reward Dollars every month. From trivia, to games, to lucky guesses – a new question is unveiled every month. February featured a Superbowl challenge encouraging our sports fans to take a side – 49ers or Chiefs!

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We value our customers, and ResCom Rewards is our way of helping you save money and have some fun in the process. 

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Disclaimer: ResCom Rewards is a free, voluntary, and ongoing customer loyalty, connection, and community resource created by ResCom Energy for select ResCom Energy customers over the age of eighteen. Enrollment in ResCom Rewards by ResCom Energy and online/mobile redemption by enrolled customers are required to access/use ResCom Rewards benefits. ResCom Rewards is not a one-time promotion or inducement to contract/purchase. Reward Dollars are not cash, rebates, gift cards, or gift certificates, and have no cash value. Participating offers subject to change.