How to use the power of the sun around your home

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The British weather may be temperamental, but there’s no denying that even a glimpse of the sun can be good for us. 

We’ve gathered some top tips to show that even with just a little sun, the power of solar can make a positive impact in and around your home... and it can even help save you money.

1. GIY (Grow it Yourself)

On average, we spend around £8 a week on fresh fruit and veg. But with just sunlight, seeds, soil and water you can grow your own supply of fruit and vegetables without the need for a greenhouse.

Tomatoes, apples, raspberries, carrots, squash and many more can make up the perfect, personal garden pantry. If you don’t have a garden, use any window space around your home for a mini-herb collection instead. 

2. Solar saviours

Using the sun’s energy to power your home with solar panels could help you see savings of up to £400 on your annual electricity bills.  

Solar panels are a cost effective way of using the power of the sun and can also help reduce your home's impact on the environment. And if you have a battery to store the power you generate, you can have greater control over how your solar power is used.

3. Ditch the dryer

The average household spends up to £104 per year on tumble drying clothes, so switch to the sunshine to save on your annual bills. Plus, on a warm, breezy day your clothes will dry quickly on the line and will smell super fresh too.

4. Greenlit garden

Set the scene in your garden by installing solar powered lights. The sun’s energy charges them during the day ready for that evening BBQ or Friday night garden cocktail party. Not only does your garden look pretty – it’s brightened up sustainably too. 

5. Working from home bliss

If you’re working from home, set up your desk in a room of your house where there is plenty of natural daylight. Not only does it mean you can switch off the lights, reducing your electricity consumption, but exposure to the sunlight is proven to stimulate the brain and improve sleep quality.

Other benefits from working in the sunshine include its ability to enhance your mood, and relieve stress, making it perfect for busy people working from home.

6. Plant parents unite

Start your own plant nursery by keeping seedlings in plenty of sunlight. Windowsills, and balconies are the perfect place to grow your new plants, and make sure they’re enriched for the sun’s mighty rays. Just don’t forget to water them.

To help keep your indoor air clean, try including aloe vera, spider plants, peace lily or many other purifying plants to help keep your home free from harmful pollutants.