NOTE: Make sure you read the first three posts (in order!) before tackling the rest, or it could be confusing: Post 1 is Designing the future, Post 2 is Setting up the problem, and Post 3 is Estimating basic requirements.


Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Sustainable Power Resources

For the vast majority of us working to transition to a comfortable post-Peak Oil life, our resources are seriously limited. We’re short of available time, money, land, and skills, and our windows of opportunity for acquiring all of these are rapidly shrinking. So, the more help we can get to build our future efficiently and cheaply, the better.

OtherPower has great information and products for building your own power, water, and heating systems from scratch. Done correctly, you can save quite a bit of money by building up your own systems.

Greener Shelter discusses a number of sustainable house design strategies. While they don’t have detailed plans, it might get you thinking in new directions for further research.

Sketchup is a free Google tool you can use to quickly visualize your design plans. It can really help bring your dream home to life.

I’ve only just started exploring Hammer Zone, but it has a lot of information on general home repair projects, much of which is still useful for sustainable design projects.


At 9:40 AM, Blogger DJEB said...

I seem to remember that Hugh Piggott had a video series on how to build wind turbines. Unfortunately, I didn't spot anything on his website.

At 10:25 PM, Blogger PeakEngineer said...

Good site -- I bet those videos would be pretty useful if we could track them down.
I hadn't heard of Hugh Piggott before, what do you know about him?

At 1:43 AM, Blogger DJEB said...

Piggott has a reputation as a small-scale turbine builder. His older designs used brake drums and car alternators with hand carved blades.

And he's Scotch.

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