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Powering Your Entire Home With Pedal Power

It's hard to get a tangible idea of how much energy it takes to power a modern home, but a BBC demonstration using bicycles might give you a much better idea.

an old bicycle in a field of grass

Photo: bernatcg (flickr)

A BBC television program recently explored how many people it would take to power a modern home using only pedal power.

an old bicycle in a field of grass

Photo: bernatcg (flickr)

It’s hard to get a tangible idea of just how much energy it takes to power a modern home.

Thankfully, the BBC program “Bang Goes The Theory” recently aired an episode exploring just that. They put together a demonstration of how much energy it would take to power an entire home, simply by riding a bunch of stationary bicycles.

It’s a brilliant demonstration that might make you think twice next time you forget to turn your lights off, take a shower, or turn your thermostat up a few more degrees.

Read More: Powering Your Entire Home By Bike!? The BBC Explores ‘Cheap’ Energy (Video) (Tree Hugger)

Emily Shelton

Emily Shelton is a web producer and blogger for Earth Eats. A native of Evansville, Indiana, Emily moved to Bloomington in the fall of 2007 to attend Indiana University, pursuing a major in Telecommunications and a minor in Business. Emily began interning at WFIU in the fall of 2008 and is now an Assistant Web Producer. As an official Earth Eats "tweeter", Emily loves spreading the word about the importance of environmental issues and "going green". In her free time, she enjoys watching movies, writing, and looking at pictures of delicious meals that she'll only ever dream about.

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