Quinte, On. real estate agent: A Simple Solution That Works.

A Simple Solution That Works.

Sometimes solutions to problems can be amazingly simple. I sometimes believe that we in the western world are hardwired to look for more complicated methods to solve problems we may have.

The following video will show you an example of something that will leave you saying "why didn't I think of that?".

Many people in developing nations live in dimly lit buildings with corrugated metal roofs. Imagine all the light that can be brought into their lives and all the 2 litre pop (soda for you Yankees) bottles that can be kept out of landfills. I think this simple idea is a winner on many levels.

Comment balloon 9 commentsMalcolm Johnston • September 16 2011 11:58AM



There's lots of light that comes thrioough skylights. It's agreat source. and much better than windows.


Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) over 8 years ago

Malcolm, this is fantastic.  Even if the bottles have to be replaced periodically, the use of natural energy (sunlight) is fantastic.  I wonder what happens when they freeze (ie winter in our climate), but even if it is a solution in spring, summer and fall, it would still be viable.

Now that I am thinking about it, in Southern Ontario, we would have to way the lighting saving with potential heat loss/gains...

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

What a great idea ... now if they could only be "turned on" at night :)

P.S. I grew up in Oregon and it was "pop" there as well.

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA over 8 years ago

Hi Malcolm~ Simply Astounding! Saving plastic from landfills, using no electricity, easy to repair and maintain! What a fabulous concept! I can even imaging using recycled plastic here and making the lighting effects very hip!

Thanks for sharing A Simple Solution That Works!


Posted by Judi Boad (ACCURATE REALTY GROUP) over 8 years ago

Sounds like a great idea. Dont't think that the electric companies would like for information like this

to get around.

Posted by James Loftis, RealEstate911.com (RealEstate911.com) over 8 years ago

Holy Moly Malcolm, for structures like garden sheds, hunting camps etc that are isolated from the grid this is a great 3 season lighting solution. I wonder what can be added to prevent freezing that won't lower their effectiveness.

Posted by E H (None) over 8 years ago

Hi Brian, skylights are great, and I have always wondered why they are not automatically built in to most houses.

Chris, it is a great idea, and I'm sure someone could adapt something similar, but less crude to work in North America. This idea though, is great for poorer neighbourhoods in developing countries where people struggle to pay their bills.

Cynthia, yeah, that's the bummer about this idea, that they don't work at night, however, we can't have everything. Haha, when I'm in the States I'm super concious about not using the word "pop". People look at me like I'm a rube.

Judi, thanks, I'm sure that with a bit of innovation, some clever person can market an acceptable alternative that won't look like a 2 litre soda bottle sticking out of your roof.

James, no, they won't be pleased at all, but if people can save a few bucks and start utilizing a resource that God has given to all of us equally, I can't see the downside.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 8 years ago

Hi Evan, yeah, I was thinking along those lines as well, hunting camps, chicken coops, outdoor sheds and things like that. We'd have to find a way to harness the sun's heat to prevent them from freezing as well, but I'm sure there is a similar simple solution out there too.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 8 years ago

Very interesting. I wish I had thought of that! Or at least patented it after I thought of it. lol

Posted by EC, JF, Double R and Zoey the Cool Cat (Russel Ray Photos) over 8 years ago