Human-Powered Electricity Generators
Some people buy expensive exercise machines that consume electricity while their muscle power is wasted but you can reverse that and generate electricity while doing the exercises that you would do anyway. It's not practical to self-power average daily electricity consumption but it's good to know what you can do at least for emergency backup. One advantage of a bicycle-generator in the basement is that it will be there even if a storm destroys your outside solar panels or wind tower.
Guidelines (subject to revision, "your mileage may vary"):
- 50W steady pace, average person, 50rpm?
- 75W 1 manpower=0.1hp (1/10 hp), 1hp=0.75kW, 1kW=1.34hp
- 100W steady pace, fit person, 50rpm?
- 150W workout pace, fit person, 30 minutes
- 250W strenuous pace, average person
- 350W strenuous pace, fit person
- 425W peak performance, fit person
- 500W strenuous pace, top athlete, 20min-1 hour
- 1000W peak performance, top athlete, best 1 minute
- 1800W peak performance, top athlete, best 5 seconds, 120rpm
If you want to make use of your daily exercise energy, it is generally more efficient to skip electricity and mechanically drive as many items as possible (washing machine, water pump, or other periodic chores of short duration).
If you have those little dynamos called children, I suppose you could get them to seesaw water into the house and "race" stationary bike-generators.