Green energy is a hot topic in nearly every community. There are alternative energy generators to choose from such as solar panels and wind turbines, but each come with a huge price tag that takes a decade or more to recover in total savings. In a world of obesity, the desire to lose weight could be the answer to alternative energy concerns.
Windstream Power Inc. offers an alternative energy solution for cyclists and recreational bike riders alike. According to the Windstream website, the alternative energy solution everyone can take advantage of generates and collects energy during a bicycle ride. The unit comes in two varieties. The first is a stand that holds a bicycle with a friction generator attached to the rear of the stabilization frame. When the bicycle wheels move forward, electrical energy is generated and collected in a rechargeable 12 V battery. The second unit is a free standing foot or hand crank system that requires no bicycle or frame. The same 12 V battery is charged when the unit is in use.
The Green Microgym is another source of alternative energy that is taking the world by storm. The gym generates a source of alternative energy every time select equipment is used. According to numbers published by the company, the reduce in green house gas emissions ranges around 60% for a Green Microgym compared to a standard gym with comparable equipment.
The Green Revolution is taking green energy solutions a bit more serious and expanding the ability to generate clean, green energy to every gym owner in the United States. According to the company which produces spin class equipment with electricity generating power, the total output potential of 80 spin classes a month is about 300 KW. That 300 KW estimate is powerful because a typical home uses about 300 KW every six months. The equipment fits onto the spin bikes already installed in the gym so there the cost of installation is lower.
If running or walking is more your style, there are alternative energy solutions that work with very little upfront investment. Voltaic Systems offers a solar generating backpack that can be worn when taking a walk or run outdoors. The pack comes with a waterproof solar panel that collects the sun’s energy to power a laptop, cell phone or other small device. It takes about four to five hours of direct sunlight to fully charge a cell phone from 100% depletion. Just one hour in the sun can charge the same phone for up to three hours of talk time. Not only will the solar backpack offer incentive to get out there and move it can hold extra weight to increase workout intensity.
Mother Earth wants to stick around for another thousand generations, but people need to work harder to produce alternative energy sources to decrease the human footprint on the earth. Alternative energy whether collected as solar power or from kinetic human output is two alternatives that bring together fitness and energy. The next time you head off to the gym, remember every movement is a spark of energy that should be collected and used to save the earth.
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