Using San Mateo solar power at home has come to be more popular than ever. If you ‘re inspired by economic, environmental or political matters, here are six ways you can use solar power and reduce your fossil fuel dependence.
1. Use indoor and outdoor solar lights. To light your home at night, use special floor lamps and desk lamps to harness the sun’s energy during the day. You can also use solar-powered LED string lights to decorate a deck or Christmas tree.
Outdoors, you can use solar-powered lights to illuminate your gardens, paths and other landscaping. These are easy to install; they’re typically attached to garden stakes. Plenty of attractive styles can be found at home improvement stores. Look for traditional lantern-inspired designs or solar lights in contemporary styles.
2. Install passive heat tubes to heat your home. You can use fiberglass tubes to store heat and drastically reduce heating bills. Such tubes are typically used to warm greenhouses but can be used in any indoor space that catches natural light. Simply fill the cylinders with water and expose them to bright sunlight. The stored heat will radiate and can significantly reduce your heating bill.
A potential drawback of using tubes is that they’re quite visible. With smart planning, you can use the tubes as attractive eco-friendly room dividers or otherwise work them into your decor.
3. Use solar electronics chargers. You can charge your mobile phone, laptop computer, MP3 player and other electronic devices with solar chargers. Most chargers are sold with multiple jacks and USB ports to be compatible with a wide range of products.
4. Get a San Mateo solar water heater. Much energy is expended heating water for showers, laundry, dishes and Jacuzzis. Install a solar-powered water heater to save money on heating water in any climate. If you have a pool or hot tub, also check out solar-powered skimmers to keep the water clean for less.
5. Build a solar oven. Build a brick oven in your back yard. Solar ovens cost little to build and are easy to use. Fully powered by the sun, they use glass and reflective materials to cook food at about 350 degrees.
6. Dry your laundry outside. This final tip is obvious and yet often forgotten. Dry your laundry in the sun to save energy. You’ll love the way your clothes become naturally scented by the breeze. Suddenly, detergent names like “Spring Breeze” and “Mountain Air” make sense!
These are just a few ways you can use solar energy to save money. As you become more comfortable with solar power and see its returns on investment, you might want to install a full solar system in your home. Visit the US government website EnergySavers to learn about tax breaks and other benefits of using solar energy in your home.