A couple of weeks ago as we drove along the section of the motorway backing on to the Terrace I mentioned to my partner Deb that I hoped there would come a time when people would say: “How primitive! To think that all these buildings drew energy from a national grid. Why would they want to have centralised sources of energy and distribute it out around the country?”
It seems to me that those tall concrete and glass buildings, with their large surface area should be able to create energy and be at least self-sufficient, if not feeding energy in to areas unable to create it, or to create enough. In New Zealand we have sun and wind in abundance. Why do we rely on hydro power or coal power?
Next thing I knew I was reading in Wired News that
Hundreds of homeowners in California … live in new “zero-energy” homes that produce as much electricity as they consume. These homes are not multimillion-dollar prototypes — they are entry-level homes using commercially available products. Well, Go California! A quick Google brings a couple of results for New Zealand. It seems the building industry are doing a bit of research. It’s not fast enough for me though.