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.

Spring Cleaning Your Budget

It is time for spring cleaning, and those backsplash tiles aren’t the only things that are messy. Chances are your budget could use a little cleaning too. Focusing on just a few areas can yield hundreds in savings each month.

Get Insurance Quotes

Your mortgage may be fixed for 30 years, but your homeowner’s insurance is a different story. Car insurance rates also change drastically over time as drivers age, liens shrink and tickets drop off your record. Spend an afternoon reviewing your coverage and average costs in your area. You may want to email or call your current agent, but also do a search like insurance quotes lodi ca in case a move to a new company is in order.

Consider New TV Strategies

Cable and satellite television rates keep going up but watching television can become cheaper than ever. Options like Apple TV require a pricey initial outlay for equipment but allow subscriptions that add up to just a fraction of your current monthly bill. No matter which devices or services you choose, most alternatives will produce an overall savings in just a few months.

Look At Different Phone Plans

Mobile phone carriers raise rates regularly, but people often stay with the same carrier year after year just to avoid the hassles of switching. If you live in a place where coverage varies little from one provider to another, switching may be worth the hassle. Prefer to stay with your current carrier? Okay, but remember companies offer new plans all the time. Review your actual usage and see if one of the more recent packages will serve your needs while saving you money.

Eat At Home More

Add up what you spend each month on restaurant food, including nice dinners out and grabbing a quick lunch on the go. You will be shocked. It is much cheaper and healthier to make food yourself. This one is better for your wallet and your waistline—how can you go wrong?

Save on electric bill this summer

With the sweltering heat of summer, you can’t survive without your electric fan on, or your air conditioner unit set to the highest temperature. However, frequent use of these appliances will surely hurt your pockets. But if you want to save on electric bill this summer, here’s what you can do. Instead of setting the fan on high speed on humid days, set the fan speed on low to remove moisture from air. It will cool your room better.

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As for airconditioner, turn the unit at comfortable room temperature which is about 24 degrees Celsius. Turning the aircon on at colder setting than normal will result in excessive cooling and unnecessary expense. If you want to save some more on electric bill, you can set up a patio umbrella in your yard. It will keep your home cool because it traps heat from coming in. Large umbrellas are also perfect for family picnic.