As summer continues, people are spending more time outside. Snohomish County PUD offers some ideas to enjoy the outdoors in environmentally-friendly ways.
Solar backpacks – On your next hike, use the sun to charge small portable devices, such as cell phones, digital cameras and other electronics.
Solar powered radio – These units charge quickly for radio and flashlight functions. Many models also include a compass and a siren for emergencies.
Hand-cranked flashlight – Use your human energy to charge up a light for your tent. Optional flashing alarms are included on many models.
Hot pot solar cooker – Heat up beans, soups and one-pot meals with the sun. Some additional pre-heating time may be required depending on weather conditions.
Solar camp shower – Heat your water in the afternoon, then enjoy a quick clean-up before setting up camp for the evening.
Camping Gear – Check out a range of gear made with recycled and/or non-toxic materials, including tents, sleeping bags and outdoor clothing.
Other earth-friendly tips:
- Simply leave your electronics at home and really unplug to enjoy nature’s beauty.
- Bring re-usable eating utensils and plates.
- Use biodegradable soap and shampoo.
- Pack out your litter. Better yet, minimize the waste you create.
- Always use designated fire pits, and adhere to fire restrictions.