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What is the largest, most powerful source of energy we have? It just has to be the sun. We have found ways to use sunlight, or solar energy, in different ways. We can heat with it, light, and cool our homes and other buildings. We can generate electricity with it. We can utilize commercial procedures with it and perform a variety of industrial processes. A great deal of our other sources have the sun as its basis. For example, is the wind blowing? Then you know the sun has been sending down heat to the earth. We can burn dead trees, not to mention a variety of biomass, for energy. The sun gave them all life. You would not have precipitation or evaporation if you did not have the sun. Nor would you have hydropower.

So some people have chosen to get off the grid. Generally, there are three basic ways to create your own power – solar power, wind power and hydro power.

Beware of “greenwashing.” Many fashion companies like to claim that their clothes are green, but they may be jumping on the green bandwagon while actually harming the earth. For example, many companies are touting bamboo this and bamboo that, since the public perception is that bamboo is green. But not all bamboo is created equal. True, the plant is renewable, but forests and animal habitats are being cleared to make way for some plantations.

In order to do more than just barely survive, first we have to simplify our lives. We must learn to need and want less. We can learn to get our enjoyment and entertainment from lower cost or free sustainable sources. We live in a time of unbelievable over consumption of all kinds of goods, including expensive food from all over the world. We will need to rely on local products and local food sources. Part of the change that will be coming has to do with the transportation of goods across the world. We will see that slow way down and goods from far away will be extremely expensive. At least until new power sources are implemented that change the cost and environmental damage from worldwide transportation of goods.

EPA’s on-site producers list is topped by Kimberly-Clark Corp., which produces 176.5 million kWh through biomass. No. 2 on the list is the City of San Diego, which produces 69 million kWh through solar, biogas and hydropower.

We can cut our energy use way down by being super conscious about conserving. Where ever possible we can use systems that do not require a lot of electricity or fuel. Consider walking or riding a bike instead of exclusively driving everywhere. Use a clothes line to dry clothes instead of only using a dryer. Recycle everything possible. If you have the space and ability, grow a garden and do some food preparation and storage; like drying fruit and vegetables. Grow extra food to trade for things you need. Create community around you and develop a system for sharing and trading.

Eventually, our finite resources of coal and oil are going to run out. It might not happen in our generation, but what about out grandchildren’s generation? Starting to make sustainable choices now will ensure that the transition from coal and oil to solar power is as smooth as possible. Your family will no longer be controlled by the fluctuations of the oil industry. Homemade Energy’s techniques will be used in the future by many people. Save money, help the environment, and get a head start on the energy techniques of the future by using Homemade Energy.