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Catch and Store Energy- Permaculture Principle 2 of 12

Updated: Mar 7, 2023

The second permaculture principle is "Catch and Store Energy." In the context of urban communities, this principle can be interpreted in a few different ways.

One application of this principle is to make use of the energy that is already present in the urban environment. For example, urban permaculture designers might look for ways to capture and use sunlight, wind, rainwater, and heat from buildings to power and heat homes and other buildings. This could involve installing solar panels, building green roofs or walls, using rain barrels or other methods to capture rainwater, and using passive solar design principles to make buildings more energy-efficient.

Chicken coop solar panels

Another application of the "Catch and Store Energy" principle in urban permaculture is to make use of waste materials as a source of energy. This could include composting food waste to create nutrient-rich soil for urban gardens, using biogas digesters to convert organic waste into methane for cooking or heating, and repurposing construction or demolition waste to create new building materials.

Allowing biological material to breakdown into natural soil amendments with the help of local microorganisms

Finally, this principle can also be applied to social and cultural energy in urban communities. This might involve identifying and harnessing the skills, knowledge, and creativity of community members to develop more sustainable and resilient ways of living in the city. This could involve community gardening projects, skill-sharing workshops, and other initiatives that bring people together to work towards common goals.

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