By now we are all aware of the benefits of switching to solar power for our homes and businesses. Aside from drastically reducing, and possibly even eliminating, electric bills, switching to solar can increase your property value and protect the environment at the same time. What you might not know, however, are the number of different things you can run off solar power.
- Solar Back Packs
Believe it or not, these nifty inventions run off solar power and charge up via wearable photovoltaic generator panels which, when charged, can energize laptops, mobile phones, e-readers and a range of other mobile devices. This kind of technology is especially useful for those of us who enjoy hiking and trail runs.
- Solar Umbrellas
New technology has enabled us to buy umbrellas for our outdoor or pool areas, that charge during the day and then provide hours of bright light at night. The solar panels work in these solar umbrellas by charging the batteries whenever the sun shines and then they use that charge of solar energy to power bright LED lights fitted under the umbrella. These are wonderful for those summer evenings when you want to sit on the grass, or near the pool, but there are no lights there. The double glazing Bristol is also very important.
- Solar Carports
Yes, you read right. Solar has become so advanced that you can now park your car in a space where it will not only be protected from bad weather conditions, but it will also be able to get a full charge. Solar carports are easy to install and require minimal energy. The best thing about solar panels made with newer technology, it that they don’t need constant sunlight to charge them – even Antarctica is getting ready to launch solar projects. Talk to a local solar installer to find out more about what you can run on solar power.
- Solar Security Cameras
Solar powered security systems are a truly revolutionary idea. Depending on the model you choose, you can team these completely wireless waterproof cameras up to your smartphone. When they detect motion, they send a notification to your phone to let you know about it. These cameras are also capable of recording videos, which can either be stored on a memory card or stored in the cloud. They are also fitted with bright infrared lights to brighten the areas they have been installed in.
- Solar Tents
Move aside mere solar garden lights! It is time for the big boys to come out and play. The U.S military launched a project to harness the power of the sun and use it in their tents. The solar panels used on these tents are flexible and power batteries, laptops, tablets and other gear which would otherwise require substantial amounts of fuel to charge. The tent features a central wireless control hub that gives users a breakdown of the amount of energy that has been produced versus the amount of energy that has been used. This is particularly handy for the avid garden campers among us during an outage.