Be Cool: Make the World's Easiest Solar Oven
Tip #1: Turn off the Stove
The last thing you want to do when it's hot out is stand over a hot stove. Keep your home cooler and your energy bill lower by taking advantage of those extra sun rays with. . . your car? (You know, the one that just sits in your driveway because you cycle to work now.) Check out the video below to learn how to turn your fossil-fuel hungry car into a solar oven.
A healthier alternative to car-baked cookies would be fruit leather. Yes, that's right — you can turn your car into a dehydrator! You can use this technique with other foods, such as vegetarian lasagna or a whole saucepan of soup, as well. It takes a bit longer to heat food up using solar power than a regular oven or microwave. However, your patience will be rewarded with tasty, fossil fuel-free food! If you don't want your car to smell like soup, check out this version of a solar oven made with a pizza box.
--By Laura Hayden / image by istock/JulyVelchev
Laura Hayden is an editorial intern at SIERRA Magazine. She is a rising senior at Mount Holyoke College, where she is pursuing a major in Environmental Studies, and a minor in Journalism. She has a passion for all things pertaining to growing (and eating) food, and renewable energy.