From Dean Dowd on November 20, 2007 in Green Remodeling
Who says solar energy has to come with expensive equipment? Solar energy can be cost-effective from the onset. Easy solar projects suitable for your own backyard enable you to make a hot cup of coffee or cook an entire meal using free, all-natural sunlight. Heres a breakdown of 3 such projects.
1. See out and keep out harmful UV rays at the same time with your very own solar screen. Made from materials such as aluminum, stainless steel, vinyl, fiberglass, and acrylic, solar screens give you privacy and protection, but dont keep you from enjoying a view of your summer garden. The screen parts are available from companies like Quality Solar Screen, which sell the screen fabric for as little as $19. You can also purchase the frame, center bar, and attachment clips and tabs to put it all together.
2. Not only can you make a solar hot water heater yourself, you can also do it for under $5. This is because passive solar heating garners energy from the sun without the use of mechanical or electrical devices. Instead, it relies on building structure and design. Advantages of passive solar water heaters include low operation and maintenance costs, and piping hot water for as long as the sun shines. Now, all you need are buckets, a pain of glass, backing material, aluminum foil, an air pump hose, and other salvaged goodies. Oh, and instructions might help, too.
3. For even less than $5, a solar oven can be built with a used pizza box. Solar box ovens are widespread and reach moderately high temperatures. If you have a leisurely day to cook a flavorful meal, this is the way to go. To make your pizza box version, you will also need black paper and aluminum foil. You can also make your own panel cookers or a more sophisticated box cooker with relative ease. So get sizzlin and enjoy!