The movement of wind and water, the heat and light of the sun, the carbohydrates in plants, and the warmth in the Earth—all are energy sources that can supply our needs in a sustainable way. A variety of methods are used to convert these renewable resources into electricity. Renewable energy has the potential to reduce pollution, slow global warming, create new industries and jobs, and move us toward a cleaner, healthier energy future.
We build energy-efficiency into every project we undertake by utilizing low-voltage LED lighting, active and passive solar, and other energy alternatives like wind or geothermal power whenever possible. We utilize cutting-edge technologies and new and innovative products combined with recycled and repurposed materials in all of the homes and habitats we build.
Solar energy–power from the sun–is a vast and inexhaustible resource that can supply a significant amount of our electricity needs.
A range of technologies is used to convert the sun’s energy into electricity, including solar collectors and photovoltaic panels.
Our homes’ primary source for electricity is the use of solar panels. A few may be used on one building for its energy only, or the panels may be wired in series to create community energy to be used for exterior lights, to power cell phones, or to create water.
Wind–turbines harness air currents and convert them to emissions-free power. Plentiful and inexhaustible in the United States and around the world, wind power is one of the fastest growing renewable technologies and has the potential to provide a significant portion of our electricity needs.
Geothermal–Heat from the earth can be used as an energy source in many ways, from large and complex power stations to small and relatively simple residential pumping systems.
Water–We offer rainwater harvesting (grey water recycling systems) and an atmospheric water generator as part of our designs. To learn more about our clean water systems, click here.
Our World Eco-Relief Home comes with solar panels (with a battery back-up system), a rainwater collection system and low-voltage LED lights. We are designing several versions of these single container homes to meet the needs of those living in places with varying climates.
Our structures are well insulated and designed for maximum ventilation. When municipal sources for electricity are available, energy-efficient mini-split heating/air-conditioning units may be installed.
In addition, our optional toilets create methane gas for powering stoves, heat sources or lights. Without the need for water, composting toilets are another energy-efficient alternative.