YOU don’t need solar panels to harness the power of the sun.
You should use those rays to power garden lights or charge your phone if outdoors.
Make the most of long days with these solutions. . .
ENJOY YOUR LIFE: Solar powered garden lights look lovely and are low cost.
You can charge them during the day and they will automatically turn on at night.
They do not add to your energy bill.
Poundland has fun rainbow solar lights on spikes that you can stick to your lawn or flower bed, for £1 each.
Sainsbury’s has lights in a similar style, but in stainless steel or bronze, for £1.50.
Or string solar lights from a tree or on a trellis.
Homebase has a series of 40 white Festoon solar lights for £10, down from £20. Other lamps in the range are also half the price.
MAGIC BOTTLE: You’ve probably seen mini lights that turn empty bottles into lights in your home.
If you choose a solar bottle light from The Range, £2.99, you can get the same effect that turns used bottles into eye-catching outdoor lanterns.
The light lasts for six hours after fully charged.
You can use any bottle of wine, but Mermaid Gin’s beautifully colored glass from the Isle of Wight makes a great lamp and it will drop from £38 to £33 for those have a Tesco Club card.
Or use a bottle of Faustino Albarino blue wine, reduced from £14 to £12 at Asda.
SOLAR CAMP: Go camping? Get some solar kit.
With the pocket-sized Mixx Solar 10 Power Bank, down from £39.99 to £29.99 at Robert Dyas, you can charge your phone or tablet via the USB port or use the wireless charging dock. It also has a flashlight function.
FEEL THE SUN: To get the most out of your solar devices, leave them in natural sunlight for as long as possible.
The longer the solar panel stays in the sun’s rays, the better the battery will charge.
Avoid shaded or semi-shady areas and wipe the board with a damp cloth once a month to ensure that dirt doesn’t affect the board’s performance.
- All prices on the site are correct at the time of publication. Offers and offers are subject to availability
Trading of the day
ENJOY year-round sunshine with the Brixley three-seater sofa from Habitat, reduced from £594 to £326.
Get a treat in your belly with Terry’s chocolate orange truffles, 200g, down from £5 to £2.50 for Tesco Clubcard holders.
FOR Argos’ 50th birthday, it’s offering up to 25% off select LEGO and Chad Valley toys until Tuesday, including Stack and Store Transport Sets, down from £36 to £27 board.
Next’s £45 Jacquard kaftan mini dress will take you from beach to bar, while Boohoo’s layered kaftan print dress, £22.40, is also sure to become a staple in summer.
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GET your summer reading curated with three selected fiction books for £6 at The Works – including Always Loving, by Giovanna Fletcher.
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TREAT your dog four complete packages of Forthglade dog food for £4 at Morrisons, which is £1.90 a pack at full price.
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