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Meter Readers, Utilities

History

Electricity as a scientific principle was known for many years before Thomas Edison was born. Edison's true genius was in the application of scientific knowledge to everyday uses. After inventing the first practical incandescent light in 1879, he worked on a design for a complete system of electrical distribution for lighting and power. His efforts in this area culminated in the installation of the world's first central electrical power plant in New York City in 1881–1882.

The use of gas, electricity, and steam has increased dramatically over the past several decades as our society has increasingly relied on these sources of power to run the lights, appliances, and large machines that fill our homes and businesses. With the increased demand for utility services there has been a corresponding need for trained professionals to monitor and maintain these services. Meter readers are part of the crew that keeps these power sources running smoothly.

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