When most people think of solar power, they visualize those panels on people’s roofs, installed to cut down on the home’s electronic bills. However, this is just one of many solar options that help protect the environment and save you money. If you can’t afford or would rather not invest in such large equipment, there are still plenty of options for you to use solar energy in more subtle, yet useful ways.
As solar technology has advanced, desk and floor lamps, as well as porch lamps can now be powered completely by solar energy. They are not ugly, weak little things either. The industry is pumping out fashionable, powerful solar lamps that can completely replace all desk, floor, and ceiling lights that eat up your energy.
Although these can’t completely replace your traditional oven, during the summertime, these can certainly take over a lot of your cooking. These inexpensive ovens trap, reflect, and circulate sunlight and can reach cooking temperatures up to 350 degrees. They don’t create any waste either.
Heating your swimming pool can create quite a bulge in your electric bill. Instead of powering it through traditional electric- or gas-powered heaters, you can now buy a solar blanket (for outdoor pools) that will heat your pool right up. You can also install solar powered heating devices that pull heat from panels on your roof.
You can now buy solar chargers for many electronic devices like your laptop or cellphone. They are compact, portable, and include several different chords to adapt to multiple devices. Pretty sweet.
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