When most people think about their energy use they think of electricity consumption or the amount of fuel they go through when driving a car. Few people stop and think about the energy we expend and create everyday.
One type of energy that humans generate is kinetic energy, which is the energy of motion or the energy something possesses due to its motion. As humans we are constantly in motion and thus we are constantly producing kinetic energy. Amazingly, this can be converted into power. Think of the Flintstones using their feet to move their “car.”
So how can you harness your kinetic energy? Here are a few examples of cool things you can do with your kinetic energy.
1.) Pedal power – Use your feet to generate kinetic energy to power your bike or a paddleboat.
2.) Just Dance – Visit an eco-friendly night club where the power you create through your sweet dance moves and the stomping of your feet is captured and used to power the lights on the dance floor.
3.) Turn on lights – Purchase lamps or shaker flashlights which require you to shake or turn a crank to generate the power needed to turn on a light.
4.) Workout – Find a local gym where your energy is captured and turned into renewable energy. There are now gyms springing up around the world where you can walk on a treadmill or use the elliptical machine and your energy is captured and creates electricity to power the gym.
5.) Fix-it – Your grandfather would be proud. Forgo using power tools and use hand-held tools, which rely on your constant pressure and movement to perform your fix-it project.
Whether your energy is being captured on the dance floor or you are using your range of motion to turn a crank that powers a light, there are endless possibilities for what your kinetic energy can do. There are a multitude of products and inventions where your kinetic energy is the key to generating power from cell phone chargers to coolers.
For other ways to expend your kinetic energy, check out our blog post on how to have an Eco Spring Break.
Thanks Flickr user Ludie Cochrane.