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Some Solar Powered Product Ideas

May 26, 2008
With more and more people considering the implications of global warming, it's no wonder that we are seeing plenty of solar panels on people's roofs. Most people don't have them yet despite the fact that there has been a lot written on the subject over the last couple of decades. Because only a small percentage of homes have solar panels installed, people tend to shy away from them thinking that they will cost more money than they are worth. People also consider it a technology of the future rather than one they can implement now.

However you don't need to just put solar panels on the roof. There are plenty of other ways that you can welcome solar power into your life and not only are you doing good for the planet, but you're also doing good for your pocket. There are even practical reasons for buying products with solar in them. Anyway, here are a few ideas of the different products you can buy with solar power.

Everyone is familiar with the sight of a solar powered calculator. We simply don't see it as any big deal and the thought of having a calculator without that little solar panel would be very strange. It's not just calculators that can be powered by solar energy, other gadgets are also seeing the introduction of solar such as laptops and radios.

If you are a keen gardener, then you might be more interested in the planet than most. If you are looking for a product that combines practicality with solar energy then lawn lights are for you. These lights come attached to a stake that gets inserted into the ground. The reason they are so practical is that you don't need to concern yourself with wiring because they are totally wireless. Because the energy comes from the sun and not mains electricity, it's easy to see why people would buy them regardless of being eco friendly.

Some home owners also need to install an electric fence to keep animals in or out of their property. Although having an electric fence might seem cruel, they are very low voltage so the animal will get more of a fright than anything else.

If you have ever gone into your attic only to find that it's unbearably hot, then you will want to buy an attic ventilator. There are many to choose from but if you buy one that uses a solar panel then it means there is no need for wiring.

This is really just the tip of the ice berg when it comes to solar power. There are so many uses and in some circumstances you might find that you need power but don't have access to mains electricity. Being out in the middle of nowhere and in need of power, having a solar powered device would come in really useful. Hopefully it won't be too long before just about every electrical device has some sort of solar panel on it.
About the Author
April Kerr often writes for blog Finer Living which covers many home remodeling topics such as solar powered water heaters and solar powered attic ventilators.
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