What a nice week weatherwise it’s been in my corner of the world as we head into summer. All that free energy from the sun seems to be a shame to waste if I’m not using it. Here’s what I’m up to this summer solar-powering a few small parts of my life:
Solar Powered Battery Charger
I know you can go crazy and buy everything with solar panels from ovens to panels. That said, I can’t afford a big solar upgrade but I did decide to spend $20 on a solar battery charger. It takes the better part of a day to get a full charge into the batteries (it can hold 4-8 batteries, depending on sizes) but I’ve put the charged batteries in a few devices and they seem to be lasting. Over time, this will save me on electricity and battery costs, a double win. Bonus is it’s about the size of a hardcover novel.
Clothes Drying Rack
I have a washer in my house but no dryer so the drying rack can be viewed first and foremost as a necessity. But when I learned that one of the biggest drains on an electric bill is running the dryer, I realized I didn’t miss having one so much. Since I live alone, it’s fairly easy to keep on top of the laundry situation and I only need one drying rack to hold everything. The $20 I spent years ago on it has no doubt saved me at least $100 over time in electricity and money I could have spent at a laundromat. (Sometimes for a treat though, I bring my clean sheets and towels to the laundromat and let them fluff in the commercial dryer. Shhh.)
I don’t have the space or time to grow all of my own food but I am going to have a couple pots of herbs on my porch and may add a tomato plant in the mix. Those fresh herbs cost a few dollars each at the grocery store so why not buy a small plant for the same amount of money and be swimming in mint and cilantro all summer?
So here I am, making hay where the sun shines and taking advantage of the sun the short time of year I have a lot of it. Any solar secrets I am missing out on taking advantage of?