"Make Hay While the Sun Shines"
Today I am sharing my thoughts on the second permaculture principle; Catch and Store Energy. Please go to this link for my discussion on principle one. For expert information about the principles of permaculture you may like to check out the website of David Holmgren.
Catch and store energy is about designing systems that catch energy and store it before it is moves on to where we cannot use it. In a self-supporting house hold there are many opportunities to implement this principle. In our times, the most pressing reason for implementing this principle is peak oil and its effect on the economy. “We can take action now to anticipate climate change and peak oil and adapt, or we can postpone action and be forced to adapt later at far greater cost.” (from “A Call for Action” Brisbane City Council. An internet archive of this report can be found here. ) We cannot continue with a “business as usual” attitude if we are going to navigate our way through the changing tides of energy decent.
Some examples of catching and storing energy are:
Solar hot water systems
Water stored in dams and water tanks.
Building homes with good cross ventilation.
Solar powered water pumps
Solar powered livestock fencing.
A great example of some someone who is catching and storing energy is Gardening Australia presenter Josh Byrne, who has built his home to catch and store energy and it produces more electricity than it uses. His home design is based on passive solar principles. For more information on Josh Byrne's home take a look at his website .
Are you familiar with permaculture? How do you apply the principle catch and store energy in your life?