The light that we get from the sun is not seven years old or however old it is supposed to be.
We are tethered from the by gravity the stretching combining with the energy created from the sun can turn into quarks and reach the earth much faster. Kind of like electricity on a metal wire. This tethering action with the sun as a base causes the sun to increase reactions. The fact that we are heated is because the tractor beam from the earth to the sun focus the energy.