When it comes to exercise, I can use every bit of motivation I can get. It seems that feeling and looking good simply aren’t enough. Now, saving a bit of money and having a greener home? That may just be the tipping point people like me need to get off our butts.
This is where the visCycle comes in handy. It’s an incredibly simple concept and set-up. You cycle on this indoor stationary bike, the energy you produce is captured by an attached generator, and the generator is plugged into your home – providing energy back onto the power grid. Provided that you have a net metering agreement with your energy provider (this varies from city to city, home to home – look into it!), the power from the visCycle is recorded as an energy credit – something that will reduce your final energy bill. If a net metering agreement isn’t possible, you can use the generator to store the energy in a battery pack. Green energy is just a sweat away!
How much energy can you produce with the visCycle? According to the website, a “vigorous workout” (your guess is as good as mine on what that is) can produce 50 watts of clean energy. That’s enough to power about five laptops or ten smartphones. Some athletes have been able to produce as much as 250 watts in a single visCycle workout.
There’s a bit of irony in thinking that the energy you produce on your exercise machine could eventually be used to cook a Pizza Pop in the microwave – but life is funny that way, isn’t it?
A visCycle can be purchased from re:source Fitness for $1199.00.