The Solar Solution

The rainy season is here and although we don’t want the typhoons (and since we can never stop them), it are to be expected. When strong typhoons hit, the living suffers the consequences. We get damaged buildings, infrastructures, farmlands, and homes. We experience floods in the cities. And worse, we lose water and energy supply.

We can never prevent a typhoon from coming, but we can always prevent a blackout from happening. How? Through using solar energy.

Why Should We Consider Investing in Solar Energy?

How To Use Solar Energy?

Converting the power of the sun as energy is made possible by using photovoltaic solar panels.

The Misconceptions

In a household, the first thing that comes in mind when we talk about solar energy is: it’s expensive and we don’t have a huge space to put the solar panels on.

Yes, solar panels can be a huge expense in the beginning but it is a good investment that will help you save in the years to come. Plus, since it is gaining popularity to a number of people, there are already cheaper options available.

You don’t need to have a farm to put your solar panels on. Installing them on your roof is the best place where you can put them.

And the myth that solar panels will be useless during the rainy season or at night because there is “no sun” is just not true. Solar panels can also store produced yet unused energy for later use.

The Benefits

Besides being a clean and green source of energy, your source of power is also unlimited, unlike the traditional electricity which uses fossil fuels, coals, or natural gas.

Having one in your own household lets you in control of your own bills and your own energy usage. This will also result in less electricity loss since your power need not be exported from big power plants to several houses. Your energy will come directly from your solar panels into your house.

Alternative Energy Sources in the Philippines

Did you know that there exist housing options in the country that offers solar-powered homes in a solar-powered subdivision? And it is a low-cost home that people can actually afford! Visit the site of Imperial Homes Corporation to know more about it.

Recently, Emma Imperial, the Group Chair and CEO of Imperial Homes had a drink ‘On the House’ where she talked about how she got interested in the solar power business, how she started, and maybe also shared a secret tip for the aspiring entrepreneurs from the late Henry Sy himself. Check out their discussion to discover how the mind of a successful salesperson works.

Besides solar energy, there are several other sources for renewable energy in the country. Since the Philippines is an archipelago with a tropical climate, it has the capacity of generating energy from its natural resources.

  • Hydroelectric Power – This is sourcing the energy from a moving body of water such as through dams or waterfalls. Several hydroelectric power plants already exist in our country giving power to 13 provinces.
  • Geothermal Power – This makes use of the heat from underneath the Earth and converts it to energy. Seven provinces make use of this as their primary energy source.
  • Wind Energy – Strong wind current can also give off energy. There are already four operation wind power plants in the Philippines.
  • Biomass Energy – This is using natural resources such as rice husks, coconut husks in boiling water, which later on will produce steam that will drive the generator. Metro Manila and five other provinces in the Philippines have biomass power plants.

The Philippines has long been using renewable energy in some areas but it is only recently that it gets the attention and recognition it deserves. What’s important now is to know, understand, and to spread out the information that we do have options when it comes to sourcing energies. And these alternatives we have are also environmental friendly.

‘On the House’ is a series by Lamudi where big bosses do small talks. Catch them on YouTube, or listen to their podcasts on Apple Podcast and Spotify, and learn more about life and the likes.

Keep Away Summer Bugs With These Tips

The summer is a fantastic season to get out of your home and spend some time in nature. Unfortunately, stepping outdoors can also bring about a number of frustrations during the hotter months of the year. Bugs, for example, run rampant when the temperature starts to go up. Nuisances like mosquitoes are everywhere, sneakily biting and leaving behind irritated bumps wherever they strike. If you’re looking for ways to keep summertime insects away from you and your home, here are some helpful tips to consider!

Use Natural Repellents

In the current day and age, it is important to be an informed consumer when it comes to specific products. Plenty of products aimed at keeping away pests are laden with chemicals that can be harmful to you, your family, and the environment around you. This is why it can be smart to research all natural tick and mosquito control and discover safer alternatives to traditional repellents. These options often include natural agents like peppermint to keep mosquitoes, ticks, and other bugs at bay.

Light a Candle or Two

Lighting the right candle can work wonders when you are trying to enjoy a bit of time outdoors with family and friends. Candles made with essential oils like citronella and lemongrass have been shown to help keep certain insects from getting too close. While the candles can help, you still will need to use repellents to ensure the mosquitoes don’t find their way to your skin.

Clear Away Old Water

Mosquitoes breed in standing water. After it rains, if water has pooled or collected around your home, it can easily become a spawning ground for the next generation of pests. To avoid this, do a perimeter check of your home and clear away any stagnant water you find.

An enjoyable summer event can easily take a bad turn due to the presence of insects. Find a solution that works for you and keep your skin free of bites this season.

How To Keep Your Lake Beautiful

Owning lake property can offer both fun on the water and relaxing, peaceful views. The beauty of having a property near a lake versus owning a pool is less maintenance, but that doesn’t mean that you don’t need to take care of your lake. A properly maintained lake is a haven for wildlife with its rich ecosystem, so there are several things you can do to keep your area healthy.

Ongoing Maintenance

Many people are surprised to know that lake aeration is essential. Without the oxygen it provides, water can quickly become overcrowded with unsightly algae and strong odors. A green lake will ruin your views and water activity fun. A competent company will be able to specially design an aeration plan that fits the size and depth of your water.

Tackling Problems

If you are lucky enough to live on a lake fit for swimming, you know that weeds can quickly get out of control. At certain levels, they can even get caught in boat or other watercraft motors, causing expensive maintenance. Lakes with a large number of weeds and algae are also more bountiful breeding grounds for mosquitoes. At a minimum, they can make swimming difficult and potentially unsafe. The best way to handle a weed problem is to contact the professionals. Look for a company that has a good rating with the Better Business Bureau. They should be able to use a weed management solution that won’t harm wanted wildlife, while limiting the weeds that are able to grow in the future.

Homes by the water are naturally more serene environments. A green or smelly lake takes away from that experience, so it’s best to find a company to perform ongoing maintenance or aeration to control excessive weeds and algae. With a little effort upfront, you’ll be enjoying your beautiful lake view for years to come.