As an aging senior in Phoenix, AZ, I have had the chance to experience many years of change. The other day, I had a chance to sit down with my senior home care helper, Bob, and talk about how much the world really has changed and how we could make it a better place. Being in the sunny state of Arizona, we decided to investigate the solar power options that could help in assisting my energy usage.
With further digging, I found that there were many options out there, some being pretty costly and others at an affordable price point. I had a lot of money saved up from retirement and had no children to have to shell out funds to. The first place I went to was Lowe’s, so I had my senior care assistant drive me down there so I could check out their line of outdoor solar lighting. There were many brands that seemed nice like Secure Home, Utilitech, and All-Pro but we ended up getting the Utilitech Pro 180-Degree 2-head black solar powered led motion-activated flood light with the timer included. This option had everything I needed to save money and keep my house lit at night. I also ended up purchasing a bunch of EZSolar Path Light LED lighting. This provided a dim ambient light that could lead the way at night when I had guests over. While I was splurging, I even ended up grabbing 2 post lights. They were Gama Sonic Imperial II’s which had a 19 inch black solar LED fixture. The energy savings probably won’t pay off until I’m dead but at least I’m helping out the environment by going green.
I also came across a new state of the art phone charger that I could you to stay juiced. All I have to do is place the solar charger near a window and plug my phone in and my phone is charged in no time.
My newest and coolest toy that I just had custom made is my solar powered oven and grill. With the help of a gigantic magnifying glass that was re-purposed from an old projector t.v., I am able to back, grill, and sauté virtually any food with the power of the sun. By harnessing the sun’s rays, I can pinpoint the solar energy and convert that energy into heat which can cook my food. To bake, the solar energy is used to heat up an internal heating element that pushes through my well insulated oven. To saute, the light is directed and finely focused to heat the pan I am cooking in. To grill, the rays are focus on to the grill which transfers the solar energy on to the grill so it heats up the grill. This is a wonderful way to cook and I don’t have to rely on electricity, gas, coal, wood, or lighter fluid.
To run the rest of my central heating and cooling systems, I have implemented solar roof panels. These are connected to a grid of batteries in which I am able to store the energy when it’s not being used. I can do everything from heating my water to powering my refrigerator.
The only thing I can suggest to everyone else is to take it one step at a time. The gratitude you will feel after is immense and you can even save a little money over the long run. I even got my senior care helper, Bob, to invest a little bit in solar power. For our next project we are going to try and harness the power of wind to stray away from the fossil fuels our society is built on.