Around the world there is growing concern about the increasingly negative impacts to people from climate change. From floods to hurricanes and rising sea levels the damage associated with our unstable climate is estimated to be in the trillions of dollars in the coming years.
There are pockets of activity for clean energy in many cities and villages and these acitivities should be considered as best practice for the world. At the home owner level there is so much that can be done right now to reduce your personal dependance on fossil fuels and also your carbon footprint.
In this video, made just a few years ago, we see a rural home owner that has used a variety of renewable energy sources to make his home virtually fossil free. Using a combination of biomass for heat plus wind and solar technology for electricity he is truely off the grid.
It was interesting for me to see the use of thinfilm peel and stick solar modules which are typically a cheaper alternative to silicon based solar cells but one that is less efficient and requires more area of solar collection. It is also so much cheaper to install since you literally peel the backing off of them and stick them on top of your existing shingles. There are no rigid supports or brackets to be assembled or fastened to your roof.
He has added a small wind turbine to compliment his solar panels which starts to make clean electricity after a wind speed of 8 mph. He does not have any battery storage to speak of so he needs to use the electricity when it is available.
Home Clean Energy Becomes City Clean Energy.
If we were to learn from his example and apply the same principles to our town and communities we would soon be completely independant on fossil fuels or outside power of any kind. This grass roots effort is an example of what people or governments can do if they really want to when free of outside lobby with hidden agendas.
Or maybe this is just a guy that likes to be independant…..
About Gordon Smith Gordon's expertise in the area of industrial energy efficiency and alternative energy. He is an experienced electrical engineer with a Masters degree in Alternative Energy technology. He is the co-founder of several renewable energy media sites including Solar Thermal Magazine.