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thelegendarybirdmonster wrote

the energy sources will vary a lot depending on the environment. Also energy consumption of houses (particularly electricity) can be greatly reduced by using adequate isolation.

  • thermal solar energy is my favorite.

  • wind, for example personal wind turbines on everyone's roofs.

  • hydroelectric

  • burning wood

I do not completely cross out any energy source: natural gas, oil, coal and nuclear can all probably be used without them being environmental threats, but the people using them should be communities that can not access other renewable sources of energy. It's not the case for where I live.


rot wrote

burning wood isn't good in large amounts it can require wood farms and damage the environment.

charcoal production is a large part of hispaniola's deforestation


ziq wrote (edited )

Bicycle generators. You want to watch TV? Get cycling. You want to microwave something? Cycle harder. Want to use both devices at once? Get a friend to pedal next to you. Hand cranks could be used instead of bikes for people that don't have usage of their legs.

With human power, every bit of energy comes from you and goes directly into your (conscious) consumption. There's little room for pathological consumption because you're not going to mindlessly buy more devices than your household can power. You'll also cut down on waste by eating every bit of your meal because you will have a) worked up an appetite and b) have done direct manual labor to prepare the meal and will appreciate it more, though not as much as if you had grown all the ingredients yourself.

Also good for your health obviously.

You can even make bikes from bamboo: