Fun facts: Presidents and Electricity

Happy Presidents’ Day!

Fun fact: Did you know President Benjamin Harrison was the first president with electricity in the White House? In 1891 President Harrison had requested the White House be wired with electricity. Legend has it Harrison was once shocked using a light switch. As a result he and the First Lady were so afraid of being electrocuted using the light switches they had their staff turn the lights on and off for them. They personally continued to use the old gaslights when their staff wasn’t around.


President Benjamin Harrison and the First Lady would sometimes go to bed leaving all the White House lights on because they refused to touch the light switches.  Shocking isn’t it!

Bonus fact: Harrison was the first president to have a Christmas tree with electric lights in the White House.

The electricity industry has come a long way since then. Now electricity is available just about anywhere in the country, and you are no longer forced to use the monopoly provider. Consumers can now purchase the same great electricity at a lower price from companies like Oasis Energy. <-Shameless plug 😉

All jokes aside, you can save a significant amount of money by locking in a low fixed rate on your electricity. Something you couldn’t do less than 20 years ago. Check to see if Oasis Energy offers electricity service in your area.