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Glossary

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Secondary Circuit
The wiring connected to the secondary terminals of a transformer.
Shock
The sensory impression caused by an electrical current flow through the body.
Short
An accidental connection of low resistance, such as in an electrical cord with wires exposed contacting each other.
Smart Meters
Devices with a range of extra functions. A smart meter will be able to record not only how much energy was used, but also when it was used. This enables different electricity rates for different times of the day to encourage customers to regulate their own usage of electricity during peak times. There are basically two types of smart meters: “Time Of Use” meters and interval Meters.
Solar Energy
The term "solar energy" refers to the conversion of sunlight into heat or electricity.
Step Down
To reduce the voltage of a circuit, from a higher to a lower value, by means of a transformer.
Step Up
To increase the voltage of a circuit, from a lower to a higher value, by means of a transformer.
Substation
A subsidiary station of an electricity generation, transmission and distribution system where voltage is transformed from high to low or the reverse using transformers. Electric power may flow through several substations between generating plant and consumer, and may be changed in voltage in several steps.
Switch
A device for closing, opening, or changing the connections of a circuit.
Switchboard
A panel or supports upon which are placed the switches, controls, and meters for the control of electrical machines and systems.