4 Summer-Fun Activities To Harness The Sun's Energy

Posted on: 26 February 2015

Solar energy is a natural resource that's accessible to everyone. It's good for people and good for the environment too. What better time to utilize the sun's rays than in the summer? Here are four easy and natural ways to harness the sun's energy in your everyday life:

1. Make sun tea.

Sun tea is the perfect treat for hot summer days because it's easy and inexpensive. To make sun tea, put five tea bags of your favorite tea in a pitcher, and then fill it full of cool water. Cover the pitcher with some plastic wrap, and then set it out in a warm, sunny spot outside. Let it steep for several hours; the longer it steeps in full sun, the stronger your tea will be. Serve the sun tea cold over ice and enjoy! Make sure to refrigerate any leftovers.

2. Line dry your clothes.

Go green and give your clothes dryer a break. Next time you wash a load of clothes, hang them outside to dry. All you need is a clothesline and some clothespins. Your clothes will smell fresh, and they'll last longer without the additional stress caused by your electric dryer. The sun may even help to whiten clothes, reducing the need to use dangerous bleaching chemicals.

3. Lighten your hair.

Get beachy, sun-kissed locks using the rays of the sun. Squeeze a lemon into a glass and use a brush or your fingers to paint it on your hair where you'd like the streaks to go. Then, allow the lemon in your hair to "process" out in the sun while you have some outdoor fun. Within 20 minutes you should be able to see the results. Wash the lemon out of your hair and condition well. After this process, you should have beautiful, naturally lightened hair. Additionally, don't forget to apply sunscreen before you spend time outside.

4. Power your electronics.

Harnessing the sun's rays to generate electricity is also a natural way to utilize the sun's energy. Solar panels installed on your home convert solar energy into electricity. Utilizing solar energy can save you money on your electric bill by reducing your dependence on the electricity produced by your local power company. You may be eligible for special rebates, discounts, and tax credits for installing solar panels, according to the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency. These credits can help to mitigate the initial start-up cost associated with installing solar panels. Not only will you save money in the long run, you'll also be helping the environment by going green.

The sun is a great resource that can be used in big and small ways. From making your tea to creating your electricity, solar power is an amazing, efficient energy source. Get out there and have some fun in the sun using these four fun tips. For more information regarding solar energy, contact DFW Solar Electric.