A solid commitment to energy savings is a good thing to do… but some people like to really think about the idea in fresh, creative ways. Sometimes, it’s fun to talk about some different ways people have thought of to save energy.
You probably won’t want to implement any of these in your own life, but who knows, maybe they could inspire the next great energy savings invention.
Take a look at these creative energy savers to see what they did, and propose others do:
1. Reduce the Load Your Circuit Breaker Bears
In Japan, some extreme energy savers are physically reducing their home’s capacity to use electricity. One family reduced the amount of electricity they use by reducing their circuit breaker’s capacity from 30 amperes to 10. In practical terms, if they run anything more than a hair dryer, the circuit breaker trips. They don’t have a microwave or TV, and many other modern electrical appliances.
2. Giving an Award to the Community that Saves the Most
So this story hasn’t happened yet, but it is an idea. Jonathan Dreher, of Cambridge Massachusetts, proposes holding competitions to see which community can save the most money. He argues that it’s not the dramatic things that waste energy, but the regular activities that millions of people engage in on a daily basis. His idea is to give a winning community $20,000 to each household or free college tuition for all students in the area.
3. Get Homes Entirely Energy Independent
Alan Silva of Roy, Utah, discusses the idea of a home that provides all of its own energy. His example includes using wind turbines on your roof, along with solar panels. Underground flywheels would store energy. Could you imagine your home being like that?
4. Batteries Need to Change… Dramatically
In reality, they don’t last that long, and when they do stop working, toxic chemicals are released into the environment. Instead of that, Kyle Good argues, engineers need to make self-contained capacitors that recharge quickly, live long, are recyclable, and are affordable for the average consumer.
5. Using Snakes to Generate Electricity
Okay, so this method doesn’t exactly call for using a snake, but instead a tube. At the University of Southampton, in England, experts are working on a rubber tube that flows just beneath the water’s surface. One end faces oncoming waves, and as they hit the tube, they create a bulge that passes along the length of the tube. When the end is reached, a turbine is spun, and electricity is generated. Then, the electricity is passed to shore through a cable.
What does the future hold for energy savings? And are these ideas totally off the wall? Time will tell…
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