Homeowners have a lot of worries, especially when it comes to paying their electrical energy bill. Rates are always rising and many are speaking of a looming energy crisis. Our two main forms of energy, coal energy and chemical energy, are also heavy pollutants not to mention the fact that they are both non-renewable resources. Energy conservation is a must, but many homeowners are only interested in finding affordable ways to heat their homes.
Now, Tom set his sights on working out a plan to take his home “off the grid”, out of the hands of the public electric works. He needed a way to provide his own electricity, so that he and Barbara could stop using electricity from the city. He did his research and found that he had three options for an alternative power source to bring electricity into their home: solar energy, wind power, and hydropower.
The passive form works like placing your car in the sun. The temperature in the car increases quickly making the inside of the car very hot very fast. For homes it can be done by making use of glass and positing your home to the sun. Your home can be heated up very quickly. By using certain types of stone walls inside your home this warmth can be held inside the house.
We cannot drive to work; cannot watch tv, listen to music, cook, online, light up our house at night and etc. This is because we won’t be supplied electricity if no more fossil fuel on earth! ( how to generate electricity as our power plant is based on fossil fuel to operate? ). Maybe you think that such a day will not exist, but let me tell you: “Petroleum and natural gas will run out in less than 50 years time and coal will run out in 100 years time”.
It is often presumed that self-sufficiency in energy is only for nerds, but this is not true, it is now within the reach of every family or household. If you have lots of money, a solar or wind powered system will cost you about $45,000 and it will take about ten years to recover your investment by getting off the grid. However, you can have the same apparatus for much less than half that amount.
In order to do more than just barely survive, first we have to simplify our lives. We must learn to need and want less. We can learn to get our enjoyment and entertainment from lower cost or free sustainable sources. We live in a time of unbelievable over consumption of all kinds of goods, including expensive food from all over the world. We will need to rely on local products and local food sources. Part of the change that will be coming has to do with the transportation of goods across the world. We will see that slow way down and goods from far away will be extremely expensive. At least until new energy company sources are implemented that change the cost and environmental damage from worldwide transportation of goods.
Since you don’t have to leave society and are still earning money it just takes a matter of time to replace everything with energy-efficient products and end even add energy producing technology to your house.
Both of these methods of extracting energy are now well established and out of consciousness. They are listed as either “other” or “alternative” in most breakdowns of total power generation by energy type.