We spend about 15% of our income to electric bills! Even if we receive salary increases annually, the cost of electricity also increases with it. It’s hard to accept that the cost of electricity will never go down unless we do something about it.
Ever wonder why your electric bill is so high in your home? There are many sources that eat up our electric consumption, and here are the 4 major reasons.
1. Air conditioners
More than 50% of our electric consumption comes from air conditioners. There are two reasons why. First, we consume high loads of air conditioners because it is very hot and humid here in the Philippines. We cannot do something about this.
The second reason is because our homes are poorly designed such that we have no choice but to rely on air conditioners. We can do something about this!
2. Cost of electricity
The cost of electricity in the Philippines is increasing every year. Believe it or not, it will continue to rise and will never go down, never! It might decrease a little bit but it will increase twice the next time. This is because of the law of supply and demand.
55% of our electricity comes from coal, oil and gas. These are non-renewable resources. They are depleting day by day the more we use electricity. It is estimated that in 55 years, our coal, oil and gas will run out. As the law of supply and demand states, the lower the amount of coal, oil and gas, the higher its cost will be. Not to mention that these non-renewable resources are dirty and destroying our environment.
That is why our electricity cost will not go down, UNLESS we resort to renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, water, geothermal and biomass. Since these are renewable and will never be depleted, its cost will now increase.
3. Not being mindful
We, the users of our homes, are also one of the major reasons why our electric bills are so high. It is because we are not mindful of using our electricity properly and efficiently. We do not care if we do not turn off the lights in our rooms when we leave. We do not care about turning the TV off when not using it. We leave our air conditioners on even if the room is vacant. We live and act as if these are free and unlimited.
Be mindful about your consumption of electricity. Remember that it is very costly and not free. Remember that is eats up 15% of our income. Remember that the more electricity we consume, the more pollution we release in the environment.
4. Poor design
What’s worse, most homes in the Philippines are poorly designed such that its interior rely on air conditioners to cool it. There are no insulation on the roof and exterior walls. There is no proper cross ventilation. Roofs are made up of metal that has high conductivity to heat. Most homes in the Philippines do not have solar panels. Our homes are designed to be costly.
Good thing some developers are trying to solve this. BluHomes Breeze, a townhouse development in Amparo Caloocan, are properly designed to be energy efficient and nature-friendly. Its roof and walls are made up of Magnesium Oxide material that is highly insulated and does not allow heat to penetrate through it. It is designed for maximum cross ventilation and takes into consideration the movement of air inside the house. The roof and the exterior walls are mainly white to reflect the heat from the sun. More features of BluHomes Breeze can be found in www.bluhomes.ph/breeze.
Allow your home to breathe by opening your windows. Here are the 4 reasons why you should open the windows in your homes as often as you can.
1. Good for your body
Studies show that one of the most dangerous hazards to our health is indoor air pollution. When windows are closed, air is trapped inside your home and air pollutants can build up. These pollutants are mainly from off-gassing of paints, cleaning products, carpet and new furniture. Allergens such as dust and dander will also accumulate when the air is stale inside your home. Rooms that are air tight will build up high levels of humidity inside that is the main source of molds.
Let the fresh air in by opening your windows. It will significantly improve the indoor air quality of your home and improve your and your family’s health. Open windows will force the air inside your home to move and replace all the unwanted air inside into a fresher and cleaner air from outside.
2. Good for your mind
Air quality has a positive effect in your cognition or your ability to acquire knowledge and understanding. It will make you think better and is very important for learning. Studies show that employees are significantly less productive if the indoor air quality inside a building is poor and they have no access to fresh air from the outside.
By opening your windows, you are somehow connecting yourself to nature, which can boost your mood and make you happier. Also, sunlight during morning and afternoon is a very effective mood booster and a good source of vitamin D.
3. More savings
Instead of relying on air conditioners and fans, why not use the free air that is available outside? Just open your windows and let nature cool you free of charge. It will reduce your reliance on air conditioners and lower your electric consumption. More than 40% of your electric consumption comes from these cooling equipment.
By always opening your windows and allowing fresh air to go inside, your home will have lower humidity levels. This means that you will no longer need dehumidifiers that will cost you around P10,000. Air fresheners will not be needed as well because with lower humidity and higher air movement inside, your house will not smell stuffy and old. Your house will actually smell a lot better if you open your windows.
4. Good for the environment
By lowering your reliance to air conditioners and harnessing the power of nature in cooling your home, you will reduce your reliance on fossil-fuel generated energy that is harmful for nature.
Opening your windows has many benefits not just for you, but for the environment as well. BluHomes Breeze, a nature-friendly townhouse development in Amparo Caloocan, encourages its homeowners to open their windows by providing free insect screens to all its openable windows so they will not worry about insects entering their homes. Also, windows at BluHomes Breeze are casement-type windows that are 100% openable, which will allow more fresh air to come in compared to ordinary sliding windows.