The use of renewable energy is an essential part of Australia's low emissions energy mix and every attempt to reduce a carbon footprint plays a strong role in reducing Australia's greenhouse gas emissions.

Domestic solar power can be implemented in three distinct ways to reduce your footprint while simultaneously saving money on skyrocketing electricity bills. In addition, rebates have been available in some states to offset the initial cost of installing renewable energy power systems.

Firstly, installing domestic solar panels can be the most effective (but costly) method, allowing homeowners to power their plugged-in electrical appliances and devices with renewable solar energy.

Secondly, passive solar power solutions such as hot water systems, pool blankets and passive solar house designs use the sun’s energy more directly, without turning it into electricity first.

Finally, individual solar powered appliances are a small-scale energy efficient commitment for households and offices. With renewable energy the way of the future for both manufacturers and consumers, these economical individual solar appliances are becoming a trend, most commonly in lighting solutions (both indoor and garden lights).

Although solar powered lighting and outdoor devices are now commonplace in energy efficient households, companies are still finessing the technology required to run indoor appliances with indoor lighting.

Leading the way is Logitech with its recent release of a wireless solar keyboard, operating via twin solar panels embedded at the top of the keyboard. Not only can this device recharge using indoor lighting, it continues to function in total darkness for up to three months.

Consulting a solar specialist can help determine the right solar powered appliances for your household.