Though it seems somehow we’ve rather lost that sense of connectedness with nature, because we’re all more or less tech addicts nowadays, there are those people who still nurture the relationship with the great outdoors – campers. The whole essence of camping is to be at one with nature, immersing in the surroundings, away from the hustle and bustle of concrete jungles and just enjoying life.
Having this close relationship means campers are among the people who are most aware of energy efficiency, reduction of carbon footprint and leaving no trace that would harm the environment. If you are a camper too, and want to do whatever you can to make your contribution to the benefit of Mother Earth, here are some of our tips to turn your camper eco-friendly.
One of the primary concerns when on the road is electricity. Sure, you can rely on generators and batteries, but when it comes to renewable sources, the sun is always in a leading spot. Implementing latest technology, inventors have come up with folding portable solar panels that are easy to install and can turn your camper energy-efficient. A 120 watt portable panel can charge a 12 volt battery and provide enough camping power sufficient for your needs. Best thing about it? You can have power wherever you go, away from campsites off road.
The weatherproof solar charge controllers of folding portable solar panels means you don’t have to worry about weather damages to your prized investment, and the adjustable legs make for turning to the optimum angle. Being off the grid has never been easier, having in mind solar heat can be used to heat up water as well. You can ditch the propane water heater and rely on the sun for warm water, even in cloudy days.
Another crucial investment to make is opting for LEDs instead of traditional light bulbs. They don’t use up as much energy as incandescent bulbs, yet they last considerably longer – say 20 times longer. Since they don’t emit heat like other lighting sources, you won’t have trouble with heating and cooling, and you can say bye to replacing bulbs. LED lighting paired up with solar power system is the ideal investment you can make for the reduction of carbon footprint.
The perfect time for learning a thing or two about recycling is when you’re on the road. Instead of using chemicals that are full of toxins and dispose of them, you can use biodegradable products starting from soaps and detergents. Options such as disposable plates and utensils aren’t that eco-friendly as you think, so avoid using them as they only end up on landfills. Going green can inspire you to adopt this sort of lifestyle even when you’re not on the road, and serve as an inspiration to others.