Micropower - A mini-power station for your home
a ground source heat pump which produces 3-4 units of heat for every unit of electricity it uses
The BBC have a nice article describing how micropower can help meet our future energy needs.
Jo Collins of The Green Alliance is quoted as saying, "micro-CHP boilers, mini-wind turbines and Photo Voltaic arrays should become familiar household fixtures. Micro-generation must be taken more seriously."
It quotes a report by The Green Alliance which says "bringing energy generation closer to people in this way will forge the vital link between our concern about climate change and our energy consumption in the home".
Unfortunately for most people in the developed world energy is something taken for granted and yet it is absolutely fundamental to our current quality of life. To many people the idea that we might run out of cheap energy is absurd and is something they have probably never considered. Micropower generation literally brings energy issues home.