Between coal, nuclear, natural gas, oil, oil shale and tar sands, the production of energy is one of the more destructive activities of human civilization. The first step is to reduce consumption of energy to reasonable levels that recognize the environmental impacts of non-renewable energy sources. After conservation, deriving renewable energy sources is the way to go. The video below is a brief overview of the most commonly used renewable energy sources that we find in Permaculture systems.
Please browse the links below that provide more information about the major renewable energy types highlighted in the video. Think about what renewable energy source is most feasible in your location, and pay special attention to that section of links.
- Energy and Permaculture By David Holmgren
- Overview of Alternative Energy Sources
- Energy Cycling
- Combining Natural Building for Energy Efficiency by Catherine Wanek
- Retrofitting for Passive Solar
- 10 Stages to a Passive Solar Building from Design to Build
- How to Build a Simple Solar Water Heater by Dan Dorsey
- How to Build a Simple Solar Oven by Dan Dorsey
- Types of Solar Thermal Collectors
- Permaculture Association: Solar Hot Water
- DIY Off Grid Solar System
- Sustainable Wood Lot in a Dry Climate
- Really Saving Energy: Paul Wheaton (Rocket Stove Information at 11 Minutes into Video)
- Podcast: Biochar, Gasification, and Woodlot Management
- Biomass Fuels from Sustainable Land Use: A Permaculture Perspective by David Holmgren
- Compost Water Heaters With the Jean Pain Method
- Heating a Greenhouse with Compost and Manure by Maddy Harland
Decentralized Energy and Microgrids
- Example: How to Build Your Own Portable Microgrid
- What is Decentralized Energy?
- Living Energy Learning Center: Community Microgrids
- Guide to Developing Community Renewable Energy Projects in North America