In the 19th century, were electric bills measured in ampere-hours, not kilowatt-hours?
Posted by David Brooks | Friday, April 27, 2012
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But I'm puzzled by an 1897 bill from Hillsboro Electric Light and Power Co., which charged the customer based on usage measured in "ampere-hours" rather than the "kilowatt-hours" used today.
I wonder if that unit of measure was common at the time, and if so, why? Perhaps it was DC power, since amp-hours seems to be a measure used in batteries; the AC-vs-DC fight over power standards was far from settled then.