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.