So why shouldn’t our pets get in on the game? After all, we’ve already gotten them iPad apps, Dog TV, and high tech collars that gave them the power of speech, so they’re no strangers to techie gadgetry.
Here are 5 ways your favorite cat or dog can help you celebrate a new, cleaner era in energy.
(and maybe even power some of your favorite toys, too!)
1. Heated Solar Cat House
Laps and blankets are nice, of course. But sometimes a cat needs a space to call their own. Build them this solar-powered cat house, and they’ll be able to enjoy the outdoors all year round. The house gets a boost from a 100-watt solar panel installed nearby, which keeps kitty toasty-warm, regardless of the weather.
2. Charge Your Phone While You Walk Your Pooch
Sometimes you don’t realize how much you need the latest gadget until some DIY wizard goes and makes it for you. That’s what happened to me when I saw the homemade solar-powered cell phone charger that this Youtuber built into his dog’s sweater. No tutorial available yet—but if you got crafty, you could retool this USB charger plan, or just buy some of this nifty military-grade solar film.
3. LED Light-up Collar
Taking the dog for a moonlit jog? Why not let your pup light the way? An LED solar-powered collar helps you keep an eye on your pooch even when the sun goes down—and this one comes in four colors, so you and your dog can color coordinate. (The purple one is everything.) Seems like these would come in handy for camping trips, night swimming, or any number of other adventures with your paw buddy.
4. Solar GPS Tracker
Speaking of keeping track of your pets, how about giving your pet’s collar an extra high-tech boost with a solar-powered GPS tracker? That way, you can keep tabs on your pet’s activities using an app on your phone. Haven’t you always wondered what your pup does when you’re not around?
5. DIY Passive Solar Water Bowl
Our four legged friends need to hydrate, too. Animal Equity explains why having fresh water available throughout the winter is so important—for your pets, and for local feral cats, as well. Their tutorial uses foam insulation and reflective materials to harness passive solar heat and redirect it into water bowls, preventing them from icing over. Make a few of these for your porch, and you could be vaulted to hero status by all the cats in your neighborhood!
There you have it—a bunch of different ways the sun can help you keep your pets safer, healthier, and more high-tech. Still waiting on a robot dog walker, though!
Erin Vaughan is a blogger, gardener and aspiring homeowner. She currently resides in Austin, TX where she writes full time for Modernize.com, with the goal of empowering homeowners with the expert guidance and educational tools they need to take on big home projects with confidence.
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