I am an advocate of solar power, and wherever possible, I support the efforts for homes and businesses to incorporate solar power into their energy usage plan. Why not? So far we have not destroyed our sun! It is there for us to use! Let’s do it.
While in Nepal, I noticed dung-fired stoves giving off thick, blackish smoke creating an unhealthy home/guest lodge interior. The same was true when I visited Tibet. In both instances I would have rather enjoyed cleaner air and blue sky from my tent.
I remember my Girl Scout days and our use of reflector ovens. With solar energy we baked as much as we could, along with, unfortunately, a wood fire too. But now as I travel the world I see more solar cookers.
The interesting thing about solar cookers, besides the fact they are with a better quality and design in recent few years, is there ability to be used in very cold temperatures and high winds, or wherever you happen to live. For the people of Nepal and Tibet it was a wonderful opportunity to improve the air in their homes and cook with a valuable natural resource, the sun. Various companies are making them more available and affordable for all to use the world over.
Check out One Earth Designs and their SolSource cooker if you are interested in cooking with the sun in your own backyard. Or, think about your energy usage and how you could incorporate and use solar power in your home. Options are available; consider an option … wanted: no smoke in the sky.