Solar power has been around since the eighties, but for decades it laboured under the fossil-fuelled suspicion that it was an ineffectual fairytale liberals whispered about at weekend ashrams. The Sun was good for growing plants, and making a day at the beach more enjoyable, but it was never going to compete with coal or oil as a power source. Now a combination of technological advances and sobering environmental factors has pushed alternative fuel sources to the forefront of the public consciousness, with solar power leading the way. No longer strictly a commercial venture, solar power can take your home virtually off the grid, and lead you to a cleaner, greener way of life. The Sun has always been your friend, just think of it now as your own personal power plant.
Clothesline - Simple, maybe even a bit prosaic, the idea of stringing up your wet clothes for the sun to dry and the world to see seems to have gone the way of the dodo. This is solar power in its most natural form, and you don't have to hang out your unmentionables; instead, try line drying your towels and linens.
Solar powered water pump - Your water is heated, now you need a method to get it from point A to point B. Solar powered water pumps serve the same purpose as AC pumps, but without using the power grid or combustible fuels. You're existing water pump can even be converted into one that is solar powered, but for true efficiency install one that was originally designed to work off the sun's energy.