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If you have green fingers then chances are you care a lot for nature and you appreciate the beauty and wonders that comes with it. Having your own garden, planting plants, food and flowers are a big contribution you are making to our earth, this is something that is being supported by the green movement non-stop. But there are even better ways to become an eco-friendly gardener with the help of using solar power in your garden.
Solar power is energy that is being obtained by the sun's rays. This is a good alternative to replace fossil fuel which is the major energy source at the moment. Solar power, if harvested correctly, can be limitless at absolutely no cost. The best part of solar power is that by using it you do not pollute the earth and by choosing solar energy over conventional electricity you can help save the earth from pollution.
Manufacturers are becoming more eco-friendly and more industries are developing products in order to transform the world of gardening. Products that are eco-friendly are promoting the well-being of our earth by reducing carbon emissions and help us cut on electricity bills. No power plugs, waste or batteries make them easy to use.
Small "green" adjustments can go a long way:
- Solar lights: If you need a garden that is lit at night, the best is to install solar lights instead of using pricey electricity. This is an easy task that does not need much time or resources. No wiring and no paying for the electricity used outside when no one is around. Simply place solar lights around your garden where they seem eye-catching, let the sun charge them up during the day and enjoy your freely lit garden at night. They last longer than normal incandescent lights, generate less heat and are ten times more energy-efficient.
- Solar irrigation system: These are pumps that transport water, they are equipped with solar cells. The energy from the sun absorbed by the cells is converted into electrical energy through generators, an electric motor brings this pump to work when needed using a solar irrigation system will cut energy usage and they are finely tuned so that the right amount of water gets used. An automated system like this also spares you of doing the time-consuming task of watering the garden.
- Solar-powered decorations: Most of us who enjoy gardening likes to add a personal touch by adding for instance water features or wind chimes. Today this can be done by solar equipment, even pest-repellers are made solar these days.
Those who like to play with the latest gadgets, do not have to settle for the conventional way of gardening. New creative applications are being developed often and with new developments, solar technology is dropping the prices, making it possible for everyone to have them.
Some people would love to have their own gardens to be eco-friendly and to eat fresh food from their own garden, but for some the busy lifestyle makes it impossible. Once again thanks to technology, this can be made possible by small solar greenhouses that are being developed. My Terrace Farmer is an example of these solar greenhouses. They allow you to have your own greenhouse in small spaces that can be controlled by your smartphone, it is self-watering, self-fertilizing, efficient, sturdy and easy to assemble.
The agribusiness is accounted for 7.7 percent of the United States' greenhouse gas emissions, because they produce food in abundance for the masses, mainly through livestock production. Then there is the fact that fossil fuels are being burned through the transportation of the food that has another bad impact on the environment. Through the use of solar power and gardening at home we can contribute to environmental improvement and sustainability by cutting out most of the ecological damage caused by other methods of growing food.
Author Bio: Katarina Lajtman is an operations manager and home improvement DIY design writer working for Reilly Roofing and Gutters, TXs. She is a promoter of sustainable living, both on a large scale; particularly green roofing and solar energy, and through the use of eco-friendly technology in everyday life.