Nature’s Energy Cycling

Energy Cycling is reusing energy by catching, storing and utilizing it on nature’s location. Sun and wind are natural resources that can be utilized as natural energy. The move from an unsustainable petroleum product based economy to a solar or wind-powered energy-based economy will include the utilization of the epitomized vitality that we acquire from natural systems. This change is the obligation of our generation to take advantage of these extraordinary riches, re-configure and apply it to the advancement of feasible frameworks.

The frameworks for sustainable energy development would keep the energy going as far as petroleum products without fail. These design frameworks, powered by the sun or wind will deliver for their own particular needs, as well as the requirements of the greater population. In this way, they are sustainable as they manage both themselves and the individuals who develop them.

Energy Cycling

 In a permaculture approach, we look to catch energy in nature to expand the development of our living necessities and set up cycles which will sustain life. The purpose of the energy cycling system is to take energies moving through a site and to occupy them into “cycles” to permit them to be used at last increment in the accessible energy on site.

Permaculture and Energy Cycling

With energy cycling, we catch, store, and reuse energy to develop energy assets on location. The second Permaculture principle is CATCH AND STORE ENERGY. Energy cycling through nature completes the ecosystem process of increasing the growth of life. “Catch and store energy: By developing systems that collect resources at peak abundance, we can use them in times of need.” David Holmgren, the co-founder of Permaculture

Examples of natural energy cycling in permaculture would be:

  • Wind and sun captured to create power
  • Leaves utilized for mulch or fertilizer
  • Biodegradable waste utilized to make fertilizer or to sustain worms
  • Excrement used to treat the soil utilized for compost
  • Harvesting rainwater
  • Residential wastewater collected for the garden to give water and supplement to trees

Therefore, to make a difference for generations to come we need to make a change in the way we create and use energy. Natural resources that are apart of our ecosystem provides a sustainable alternative. Permaculture and natural energy cycling are systems that need to be frameworks for our future’s sustainability.

References:
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