With a few low tech ideas you can get tough and have lots of energy. The holistic approach to energy building to sustain high level energy without the use of over stimulating substances can be as simple as lemon water and peanut butter.
In Maine, whitewater rafting is considered an experience that will stick with you for a very long time. This adventure, however, used to mean that you had to camp out in the wide outdoors. This made it a great experience, because there is nothing like sitting with the people you care about the most around a campfire, talking through all hours of the night. However, not everyone was interested in that particular part of the adventure. So now, in this day, you are given the choice to camp out or stay in a lodge, private home, or cabin. Although it may not seem like you are getting the whole benefit of the experience to some people, others beg to differ and will agree that the adventure is just as much fun without the camping.
Heck, we all do. Being able to see the Sierra in summer would be phenomenal here in the San Joaquin Valley. Currently, a thick haze blankets that view. I’d prefer cleaner air and an unabstructed look at the mountains naturalist John Muir routinely hiked in and thought of as beautiful.
Self-sufficiency: To produce as much of the basic necessities of living from the time and space you can comfortably use. To use as much of the technology that is practical for the production of power and to reduce the use of energy.
On your appliance you will see the number of watts that each appliance uses. A washing machine creating its own hot water for example might 2000 watts. This is 2 kilowatts per hour.
Compared to other energy platforms, hydropower is very efficient. Energy conversion rates are in the 80 to 90 percent range. The plants also have a long life as you can see with any dam, and maintenance costs are relatively low. Cost of energy production, thus, is lower or on par with other energy platforms including oil.
Check into roof insulation at the local home goods store. If it is possible for the home owner to install the roof insulation on their own, this is an inexpensive project that will pay for itself in energy savings over the next few years. Roof insulation can be done by local contractors or handy men if the homeowner is not able.
The cost of energy is always going up. Gas prices are higher, electricity is higher, everything is higher, and as is the nature of things, that trend will only continue. In an effort to save money, many people are looking for alternative ways to power their homes. Some methods are better than others. But by far, converting to solar energy for electricity is one of the quickest ways to dramatically make an impact on electrical bills and our environment. Consider building your own system, it is a lot simpler than you think and the cost savings will put a smile on your face.