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toxicyarnglare
02 May 2015, 21:09
Recently I've been wondering what I can do to help the environment and the earth, and a thought came to me that a really easy way would be to use solar energy as a part of my daily energy usage. The only problem is, I live in an apartment building, and the only place I could really put a panel would be against a window. Still, I'm wondering if anyone has any information about something that could help me? I've seen products designed to charge mobile devices, but I personally don't use many mobile devices. I'd prefer if I could hook up a regular AC outlet into one, if those exist.

Any help would be appreciated. :D

thalassa
03 May 2015, 05:51
I like their stuff--its not cheap but its reasonable, has good reviews, and looks user friendly: http://www.goalzero.com/solar-kits

We live in an apartment too, and while our current place is too shady for anything other than using solar for recharging phones, computers, batteries, etc (I've had my eye on this one (http://www.goalzero.com/p/79/guide-10-plus-solar-kit) for a while), if we'd get a balcony then I'd go for this guy (http://www.goalzero.com/p/166/goal-zero-yeti-150-solar-generator-kit). Although, hurricanes being what they are, maybe this one (http://www.goalzero.com/p/138/goal-zero-yeti-1250-solar-generator-kit) would be a good idea!

toxicyarnglare
04 May 2015, 13:04
I like their stuff--its not cheap but its reasonable, has good reviews, and looks user friendly: http://www.goalzero.com/solar-kits

We live in an apartment too, and while our current place is too shady for anything other than using solar for recharging phones, computers, batteries, etc (I've had my eye on this one (http://www.goalzero.com/p/79/guide-10-plus-solar-kit) for a while), if we'd get a balcony then I'd go for this guy (http://www.goalzero.com/p/166/goal-zero-yeti-150-solar-generator-kit). Although, hurricanes being what they are, maybe this one (http://www.goalzero.com/p/138/goal-zero-yeti-1250-solar-generator-kit) would be a good idea!

That brand looks pretty nice, especially the Yeti 150 kit. Do you know if they can be used behind windows at all? I tried looking through the website on this, and couldn't find anything on that subject.

thalassa
04 May 2015, 13:11
That brand looks pretty nice, especially the Yeti 150 kit. Do you know if they can be used behind windows at all? I tried looking through the website on this, and couldn't find anything on that subject.

I don't know. I would guess yes (because I've seen other solar panels designed for this), but maybe with a lower yield due to whatever the window blocks. The company probably has a "contact us" page where you could email for more information.

DanieMarie
04 May 2015, 13:30
We have a solar powered outdoor light. We love it....it's really bright and it lasts for ages! The electric lights we have installed are basically decorations now :p

When it comes to using small solar powered devices, it helps to think of how much power it takes to charge them. We have a panel for mobile devices (I know that you said you don't use them, but it's just an example), and when I looked into it, it turns out that they take minimal power to charge anyway. That's not why we got the panel (we got it for traveling and hiking), but it's worth looking into if you want panels for environmental purposes.

I think you can find larger panels that will charge computers and things...maybe something to look into?

One thing I'd recommend is to get lights and devices that use less electricity. They're easier to charge on lower solar power signals and if you have to use your regular power as a backup, they'll save you a lot of money!

magusphredde
27 Sep 2015, 00:39
You might consider seeing if you can put a pane on the roof (if you are on the upper floor you can run the power cable thru a window) ... also check you tube for solar air heaters as heating in the winter can be expensive and very power consumptive ... Remember that you need to have your solar panel or heat collector facing SOUTH for those of us in the northern hemisphere ...