How will your home be powered in the future?
A recent poll conducted by Gocompare Energy has revealed some novel and it has to be said wacky if not unrealistic ideas, that some people believe will be how their homes are powered in the future. Wind turbines in the garden may not be too far from reality, but it has to be said that little water turbines in gutter pipes and bathroom drains to harness further power has to be taking the imagination a bit too far, in the same way that 14% thought flooring could be used to generate energy.
What people are coming round to believing however is that their homes are likely to be powered in a very different way than the current reliance on electricity from the national grid. Another suggestion is that future homes will be roofed with tiles that have inbuilt solar technology, that is not far from the solar panels we see today.
Of those asked, 91%, stated that they thought there would be changes in the way that homes would be powered in future and a large proportion of these, 84%, believed power would come from more sustainable sources. Many asked thought that all homes in the UK will become self-sufficient, independent from power suppliers.
One idea muted which could become a reality is that a person’s mobile phone could be re-charged by one of the work-out machines in a gym when working up a sweat. Many believe that devices such as washing machines and kettles would be banned from use in the home, will we be going back to washing our clothes on some stones in the stream, or horror of horrors, no tea or coffee in the morning! Surprisingly a third of the respondents believe that this will happen before 2020.
Ben Wilson, an energy expert at Gocompare Energy commented on the findings saying that many more of us are considering the sustainability of our power sources; he does not think that washing machines will be outlawed, but will become more energy efficient.
It is clear that energy providers are constantly looking for new ways to generate power, so we may see some of these ideas becoming a reality sooner than we think.