Green! Sustainable! Energy Efficient! These are the words and phrases we see time and again in our home improvement stores. The environmentally conscious world we live in makes earth friendly green products desirable. The marketers know this and are sure to slap green and sustainable labels on everything as often as possible. Certainly, understanding the effect one has on the environment is a good thing. Conserving resources is a responsibility we all have. Plus, energy efficiency can save you money in monthly bills. Caveat Emptor. Let the green buyer beware. How can we sift through the propaganda and glittering generalities and find out what’s real and important?
We need to lose the idea that being self-sufficient means sacrificing comfort. That to embrace the idea you have to produce everything you need yourself. That you can’t get started unless you have all the space, funds and desire to just drop out of society and isolate yourself. That the philosophy is, and can only be, embraced by “hippies”. Who have become so idealistically green that they have forgotten that the world is so over populated that it is impossible for it to be sustainable for all of us to join them, and have made the idea unpopular by the way they look down their nose at the rest of us.
What is sustainable living? It’s living more simply where “simply” may be defined as “regular” or “unpretentious”. It does not, however, means that you go pack your backpack and tent and go live in the woods and be a hermit. It does not mean you stop eating meat and go vegetarian. It does not mean you forgo of the finer things in life and sulk for the rest of your natural existence. In plain words, living more simply is doing without the unnecessary clutter that you constantly surround yourself.
These designs are readily available online from specialist web sites and the pieces of equipment are available from DIY or hobbyist stores. Once you have made your power resources, they are practically maintenance free, although you may have to top up the batteries with sulphuric acid or distilled water.
I chose to write this article because I am concerned for my fellow citizens and the population of our planet. It takes time to institute lifestyle changes. We have to mentally change our perspectives and physically change how we live day to day. It takes time to make changes, we are all up against some time lines for action.
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.
For wind power, they would need to put together a wind turbine, which they found could be acquired for not a lot of money, but Tom felt the solar energy kit should be purchased first. With the wind turbine, they could get a generator and attach the turbine to it and use both as a back up power source to their appliances.
Nowadays, all homeowners are discovering new ways to reduce their electric bills. When you realize you will save money and energy, you will want to build your own solar panels. Whether you are a handyman or not, the thought of making your own electric power is very attractive. It’s a DIY Energy Savings.