Utility Exercise Credit

Sodderhamn, SE

Here’s a crazy idea I just had. You register at an official gym where they have exercise machines that generate power to the electrical grid, like a treadmill or lifting machine, etc. Feedback from the machine tells you how many calories — and how many watt-hours — you produce.

Now when you login, your electrical utility can monitor your contribution and discount your home billing by an automated credit. The more you work out, the more you save.

The credit could be slightly lower than the normal rate to offset administration and maintenance costs of such a system, resulting in a break-even scenario for the utility.

Where I live, both health care and electrical power are supplied essentially by the government through taxes. A lot of money is spent on both promoting fitness and energy conservation. A program like this could accomplish both at the same time and have a real impact.

There — that’s my idea.

MagLev Highway

Glenn Streiff
California, USA

Instead if using 100 billion dollars to build a high speed rail system that will serve a limited pool of Californians, we should explore the possibility of creating a maglev rail system (MLRS) adapted for use by the majority commuters who still drive in single occupant vehicles. Existing vehicles could be retrofitted and new vehicles could provide the feature as an option.

The Department of Transportation could choose an existing High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane to begin a pilot program. Existing internal combustion engine vehicles that have been retrofitted with a MLRS skid underneath the chassis would access the lane just as they do a traditional HOV lane.

The rail gently sloped in the center of the lane would be oval shaped (similar to Bott dots but continuous and larger surface area). Once a vehicle gains access to the MLRS its speed, load and lift would be centrally controlled, creating a truly intelligent highway that is commuter friendly, green and cost efficient.

Tree Planting Partners

Davidson, SK Canada

Dozens of donation-based websites exist promoting tree planting, locally and globally. But as a city apartment dweller, if I really wanted to plant a tree myself, maybe this idea would work.

Let’s say I buy a nice Spartan apple tree from some guy on Craigslist. Then I walk around my neighbourhood and see if anyone with a little patch of sunny space would accept my gift of both the tree and its planting.

Who knows, I might make a new friend, and even feast on the fruit of this simple labour over the years to come.

Just an idea.

Passive solar building exterior

RJ Watts
Toronto Canada

The sun-facing exterior of a building could be clad with a passive solar collection system such as black tubes enclosed in a translucent casing. In winter, a solar-powered fan at the bottom could draw in cool air and circulate the hot air at the top back into the building. In summer, the hot air could potentially drive a turbine to generate power to cool the building.

Convert Carbon Dioxide into Oxygen

Holly Taylor
Oregon, USA

My idea is to make a device that converts carbon dioxide into oxygen. It could be like an air purifying device that is placed inside the exhaust pipes in cars, thus stopping emissions before they are even a problem. Now I have no idea how to make something like this or if it is even possible but if there is someone who would know and that would like to help make this idea a product.


Ted Koral
Colorado, USA

What if you buried sponges in the top of your dirt, would they hold the water longer before they let it all go away, and so getting more from it, more cooling more absorbed into plants, because it is there longer, wouldn’t it allow the planet to cool better if the water stayed closer to the surface longer?

Shoe Power

Ron Valerio

All of us walk at least 5 km a day from the time we wake up until we go back to bed. We can collect walking energy and convert it to electricity. Using a shoe that generates and stores electricity you will have enough power to charge your phone or night lamps from a day’s travel.