Catching and storing energy may have never been something you have busied yourself with. Don’t worry, I was the same.
One day I woke up and smelled the roses and thought, wouldn’t it be nice to lower my energy bill every quarter? Of course it would be and so we purchased a 4KW solar system and had it pitched unto our roof. Our bill is now significantly reduced. So much so, I no longer cry when it arrives.
Having solar panels or a water tank is an obvious way to catch and store energy. I don’t have a water tank so especially in summer I catch the shower water in a bucket and pour it over the garden beds or pour it in the washing machine. It’s nice to use it twice! I did carry out a water audit to determine how much water we as a family of 5 use. I called up the water company and the lady on the phone was immensely impressed by the lack of our water usage. Being European, I was taught to wash yourself by the basin with a wash cloth in the morning. This practice saves us 5X 10 min. showers, not every day, but a couple of times a week.
Another way of storing and catching energy on my property is through the windows on the North side of my house. In autumn and winter, when it is cold outside I use the heat of the sun that shines on my windows to heat up the kitchen area, BEFORE turning on the heater and using energy.
In summer to keep the north side cool I am growing a deciduous vine. In summer this vine gives lots of shade, keeping away the heat of the sun, whilst in winter it will let warm sun rays through the windows to heat up my living space.
How can you use the principle of cathing & storing energy to your own life?