Solar energy may be one of the most powerful energy sources on the planet, and you don’t need to have a rooftop full of solar panels to take advantage of it. You can use solar energy inexpensively to heat your pool, cook your food and purify your water.
Solar pool heaters are essentially plastic blankets that have two layers with sealed air bubbles between them. They float on top of the pool and when the sun hits the blanket, the air in the bubbles warms up and the water takes the heat away, which warms your pool faster.
When left on the pool overnight, the blanket helps the water retain the heat because it slows the evaporation process. Water uses a tremendous amount of energy to evaporate, which cools it.
Solar pool heaters are available as entire pool covers or as spot heaters for the water. A larger pool cover will heat more water and if you live in a climate where it’s cold, the larger cover will increase the water temperature faster and keep it warmer at night.
The smaller pool covers are easier to manage and can stay in the water even while you’re swimming.
And you can even go so far as adding a solar pool fountain and be even greener.
Solar cooking may be one of the most efficient and cost effective ways to use sunshine. Solar cookers and ovens are available in many different styles and price ranges. You can also make your own inexpensively using aluminum foil or Mylar, the material used to make emergency blankets.
Solar cooking and baking is similar to using a slow cooker and you can prepare almost anything using sunshine.
They’re a good solution for cooking while camping, on picnics, or for everyday meals. All you need is a sunny place to set the oven or cooker up.
Some styles will cook for hours without adjustments, while others need to be realigned toward the sun every 30 minutes or so.
Have a company, how about promoting solar cooking for events! You’d be the only one that’d be recommended for anything green. Treebeards event catering does this, and have said their Houston based business has exploded because of it.
If you need purified water for any reason, consider setting up a water distiller in your backyard. These use the heat from the sun to evaporate the water, which collects on a plate and trickles into a container. Solar water distillers are available in various sizes or you can even make your own.
Distilled water costs more than bottled drinking water, but when you use sunshine to produce your own, you realize substantial energy savings.