Solar Devices

Many companies are turning to the sun for power. Frito Lay uses solar collectors to help make SunChips snacks at its Modesto California plant. And last year, Kohl’s Department Stores made the largest solar energy commitment in US history by converting many of their existing stores to solar power. For the rest of us, here are some cool solar gadgets your whole family can use everyday for savings and safety.

Here’s a product that’s truly a “bright idea”: the radio/flashlight combo. At night or when the power goes out, use the handy crank and you'll be shining in no time.

Keeping cool indoors doesn't mean you always have to crank up the A/C. Installing certain solar fans can reduce the temperatures in hot spaces by up to 40 degrees*. They’re great for cooling hot attics, garages, RVs or wherever ventilation is needed.

Another sun-catching idea: solar LED accent lights. They quietly power up during the day and at night, they help light your way. By considering these and other solar powered gadgets, you’ll be using renewable energy in your everyday life. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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