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The Green Life: Be Cool: Make the World's Easiest Solar Oven

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July 23, 2012

Be Cool: Make the World's Easiest Solar Oven

Ways to stay cool during a heat waveIt doesn't take a meteorologist to know that it's hot out there! This week, we'll share tips to help you beat those triple digit temperatures without warming up the planet any further.

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.

You can also do away with hot food altogether. Raw food retains all of its nutrients (which can leach out during cooking), and is super quick to throw together. It's possible to make something as simple as salad fun by adding home-grown sprouts. Just pick your bean, grab a jar, and start sprouting!


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--By Laura Hayden / image by istock/JulyVelchev

Laura HaydenLaura 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.

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