The thought must occur to anyone who’s ever done time on a stationary bicycle or treadmill: Couldn’t this muscle power be harnessed to, say, turn on a light or blend a post-workout smoothie? Human power is a very old, practical and empowering alternative to fossil fuels. Replacing motors with muscles can be considered a political act—an act of self-sufficiency that gains you independence.
This photo-essay features images from Tamara Dean’s book The Human-Powered Home: Choosing Muscles Over Motors. The book is a one-of-a-kind compendium of human-powered devices gathered from a unique collection of experts.
Click on the images below to see what people are powering with their own muscles:
The Human-Powered Home
Find out more about the book and get inspired to put your own muscles to work.