"Electricity ushered in a transformation of American society at the end of the 19th century. Suddenly, the backbreaking work that consumed dawn to dusk for most Americans was alleviated by electric motors, dynamos and generators. Electric household appliances made it possible to heat homes, cook food, store meat and perishable items and wash clothes without the drudgery and fear of disease that had haunted previous generations."
-Dept. of Public Utilities, Columbus, Ohio