By C. W. STUART ( Home Bureau, General Electric Co.)
Most Americans today accept electricity as we accept the other necessities of life--as a matter of course. Use of this wondrous power in the United States is tremendous. Yet we have only begun to appreciate its advantages and the miracles it can work in our homes.
A glance at some of the figures gathered each year by the elecrical industry shows how fast the use of electricity in the home has grown and what great opportunity there is for almost unlimited expansion.
In 1932, only 65.4%, of the population of, or 81,380,900 people in, the United States lived in electric-lighted houses. By 1942, the percentage had increased to 80.3, the total number to 105,332,200 people.
In 1932, urban homes wired for electricity numbered 19,140,000. Ten years later, the total was 26,616,000 homes. This growth in customers was accompanied by an even more significant growth in use of electric energy. In the year 1932, the average home consumed 597 kilowatt-hours of energy. In 1942, it consumed 1,024 kilowatt- hours.
The use of electricity on the nation's farms has always been difficult to figure. According to the best estimates, the number of