You can make your own solar oven or purchase one that is ready to use. While solar cookers take longer to cook and won’t work for every meal; under the right conditions, they can save both energy and labor.


The very best thing you can do with green thinking is to pass it on to the next generation. Here’s a really fun way to do that. This is a solar oven I made from a pizza box. It’s really simple and the kids can use it to make s’mores or cookies. Even though this is a great activity for the kids, it’s just a smaller version of what’s available for you. Solar cooking has been around since the dawn of time, and an oven can be built easily or you can purchase one ready to use. While it’s true that a solar oven won’t cook every meal, using one even once a week will help cut back on energy use. In fact, you can cook an entire meal using no energy or fuel at all. Solar cookers do take longer to cook food compared to an oven, but since it requires less hands-on time cooking, it might be an acceptable trade-off.

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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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