Solar Panels, Will you consider using it?

@vycess (1590)
Saudi Arabia
May 8, 2010 5:46pm CST
How much is your electricity bill this month? Our electricity bill ranges from 1,500-2,500 pesos every month and that is one of our main problem. Now I've seen an ads about solar panels But I don't know if it really help me. I want to reduce our electricity bill but it seems pretty hard for us. I don't know How will I quit surfing the net. Do you have the same problem? Any one knows how much is a solar panel?
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19 responses
• Philippines
8 May 10
A newspaper report shows that a lot of the rural areas not reachable by electricity will now have a chance to use modern conveniences such as television sets, electric lights, karaokes and radio sets through solar power energy for as low as P343 a month. Actually, solar panel equipments are all imported at this time. If you compute a load of about 240 watts for most household use output solar panel (2-40 watts tube lamps for 8 hours, 1-150 watts TV for 8 hours and 1-1/2HP water pump for 4 hours), you will need the following: 1. 1 pc. solar panel 240 watts output 2. 1 pc. 500watts continuous sine wave inverter 3. 1 pc. DC Charge controller 4. 1 lot cables and connector 5. 3 pcs. storage battery, 12 vdc/200ah, gel deep cycle type. This setup is not possible to run your water pump as the pump requires high starting current as much as 6 times of the pump rated full load current. So, your investment for this setup is about P100,000.00. You can actually save more energy on your own little ways by turning off the lights when not in use. Also if you use an electric fan, keep it a low or minimum setting as well as refrigerator should also be set to low. Our bill each month is actually about P1000+ since there are 2 households using it.
@agv0419 (3030)
• Philippines
9 May 10
Solar panel is expensive here but it is worth it because you can save money in the long run if you use it. Some who can afford it are satisfied of the result and they don't depend in electric company.
• Philippines
9 May 10
Wow, it is that expensive. But then the investment may be worth because of the savings factor. There are now lots of solar panel users overseas and they were able to save money. Maybe it is about time we have one because we have lots of sun here. We can use the powers of the sun to at least save electricity.
@maxyl12 (239)
• Philippines
9 May 10
I would love to learned in saving in energy at well as savings our pockets for energy bill. But still, I wont consider in using a solar Panels in solving energy crisis. Namely because its so impractical since it requires the energy of the sun to make it work. What if it is rainy season? then there is no energy. Second, it so expensive. Imagine you would invest a solar panel for a thousand bucks and install it in your home. Not only you would spend the solar panel as a whole, but also you would pay for the installation fee which is so expensive. Furthurmore, it cost a lot more than you would ever know. As solar panel is activated, you must first and forecast consider its depreciation, the availability of supply of spare parts and also the availability in repair service. Think of it how much you would spend for a solar panel. I addition to that you would also consider the kilowatts power that your home is used and the solar panel must meets it demands to power all you appliances needs. And lastly you would still need the power of the local electric company if in case your solar panel is in bad shape or if its night when solar power needs solar. Therefore, I wont consider a solar panel to solve an enery crisis. however, there is a new invention and it came from Austrilia. I really dont know the details about it. I think its an electromagnet energy converter. When you start the machine, it runs forever without using fuel, solar or whatsover. It uses magnet to generate electricity. It does not overheat and its very small and its capable of producing a 27 kilowatts power. Well that is amazing. Maybe i would consider that alternative in solving energy crisis.
@vycess (1590)
• Saudi Arabia
9 May 10
Since it's too expensive just like what the other mylotters said here I will not consider it for now. However, I'm still hoping that it will be available for us in much cheaper cost in the near future or maybe it won't? because the higher the demand the more expensive will it be?
@kquiming (2999)
• Philippines
9 May 10
I really hate those people who use a "jumper" to cheat on their electricity bills. I don't know who really shoulders their unpaid electricity (because with a jumper, the actual consumption isn't really charged to them) - I have a theory - it might be us. LoL. In my previous apartment which I shared with a few friends, our electricity bills are ever so high even when we don't stay in the house very often, and we didn't even have an a/c unit nor a fridge. All we had were 3 electric fans, 2 laptops, rice cooker that we didn't use everyday, vacuum cleaner which we used about once a week, and cellphone chargers. That's it. No water pump was used for the water, so can anyone explain the 800 - 900 pesos charge for our electricity? I'm glad I've already moved out of that house. Now I'm sharing a new apartment with a relative, and our monthly bill for the electricity never exceeds 300 pesos. It's more or less, 250 a month, every month).And we even have a washing machine now.
@kquiming (2999)
• Philippines
9 May 10
oh, and to answer your question, no i wouldn't consider using it. I think I'll just save electricity in some other ways.... like turning off the lights whenever I can!
@kenites (337)
• Philippines
9 May 10
That is also one of my main problem. Our electricity bill ranges from 8,000 to 10,000. What is worse is that we have a 5 hour rotational brownout here in mindanao and yet there has been no change in our electric bill. Of course I am very well considering the use solar panels. But I think solar panel is a little bit expensive. I do hope that our government will promote the use of solar panel and if possibly subsidize it. Not only that it can reduce the use of energy from fossil fuel it can also significantly lower pollution. It is a clean source of energy. The one problem only with solar panel use is the weather. But a week ago i saw a program in Discovery Channel. To avoid the problem of the weather, they will try to put solar panel outside the earth's atmosphere just like the satellites. The satellite then will transmit the energy it collected to the reciever in the earth. I do hope that this project will be realized and be put in commercial use. It's very effective and very clean source of energy since it is natural.
@hanuma34 (821)
• India
9 May 10
Very correctly said. Solar energy usage has to be promoted by the governments without much delay. All the expenditure they comtemplate to spend for controlling pollution and global warming can be diverted as subsidies to promote solar energy use It is high time. Also people must be made aware of the grim situation about the limitations of depending upon the fossil fuels for energy. The manufacturers of the Solar energy units and the auxiliary items for them should also try to bring down the prices. This will all be for the good of the society.
• Philippines
8 May 10
A newspaper report shows that a lot of the rural areas not reachable by electricity will now have a chance to use modern conveniences such as television sets, electric lights, karaokes and radio sets through solar power energy for as low as P343 a month. Actually, solar panel equipments are all imported at this time. If you compute a load of about 240 watts for most household use output solar panel (2-40 watts tube lamps for 8 hours, 1-150 watts TV for 8 hours and 1-1/2HP water pump for 4 hours), you will need the following: 1. 1 pc. solar panel 240 watts output 2. 1 pc. 500watts continuous sine wave inverter 3. 1 pc. DC Charge controller 4. 1 lot cables and connector 5. 3 pcs. storage battery, 12 vdc/200ah, gel deep cycle type. This setup is not possible to run your water pump as the pump requires high starting current as much as 6 times of the pump rated full load current. So, your investment for this setup is about P100,000.00. You can actually save more energy on your own little ways by turning off the lights when not in use. Also if you use an electric fan, keep it a low or minimum setting as well as refrigerator should also be set to low. Our bill each month is actually about P1000+ since there are 2 households using it.
@hanuma34 (821)
• India
9 May 10
Thanks charmed007 for the very useful information. The cost for a solar energy unit for a common household appears exhorbitant. What one has also to consider is the community good. Exercising control over power need is alright. This amounts certain sacrifice of comfort. I am sure there are a lot of companies which can give the SE unit at lesser price too. When advanced countries like USA are encouraging SE plants and making it support the other types of power generation like nuclear, thermal and hydro why cannot the developing nations look seriously to propagate the idea. They ought to do before it is too late.
• Philippines
9 May 10
If I have the budget for it I will definitely use solar panels. It will help reduce the cost of electricity and also helps in the environment. Here in the Philippines I haven't seen anyone with solar panel houses but it could really be used here given the amount of sunlight we get. Unfortunately there have not been much advocate here in using solar panels.
@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
9 May 10
Well if I have plenty of money it would be wise to use solar panels. Considering that in the long run, it is really cost saving. But starting it out would require a very huge investment considering that materials needed are expensive.
• United States
9 May 10
if i could afford to purchase one then i definitely would. it would save tons of money on electric. it also is every environmentfreindly. thats my favorite part aboutsolar panels. i hope i can get some one day.
@o0jopak0o (6408)
• Philippines
9 May 10
i like alternative energy but buying solar panels are out of the questions, with our current technology it is expensive that you will have to wait 8 - 10 years for the return of investment. and in the philippines i don't know any company that is selling/installing solar panels except the one about the solar heater that is i think a little bit bogus. some people in the world who have home made wind/ solar for their homes, dunno if its applicable to use.
• Philippines
9 May 10
Actually I've been wanting to use solar panels in our home. Unfortunately, my family is thinking otherwise. I can't blame my mom's reason because solar panels are really expensive plus you also get to pay for the battery. I also have that fear for the possibility that it would be robbed from our roof by thieves, knowing the situation these days. I hope that one day the government will pay attention to the benefits of using solar panels and create a project that relates to this, like providing one for each house, for example, in subdivisions. But I just hope that our public leader won't corrupt the money (that's really the main problem this country has). We should already consider using alternative energy resources, or maybe let's always conserve energy.
@angelajoy (1840)
• Philippines
9 May 10
Solar panels are really expensive, so if you are living from paycheck to paycheck then you would most likely not be able to buy it. But in the long run, it would save you lots of money because you wouldn't have to pay your electricity bills anymore. Plus, it's also good for the environment.
@grayxenon (1307)
• Philippines
9 May 10
solar panels are way expensive, at least for now..as long as there are no companies to commit and further the study of solar panels to make it cheap and available to every households are options are still limited to nuclear power plants and some minor alternatives.
• India
9 May 10
the sun is the ultimate sorse of energy.using solar panels,we can minmise pollution.solar panels,once ,if ,installed,it, nedds,no recurring expnses,therfore,solar energy after a long time will be proved to be economical also.ofcorse,it is ecofriendly too. the power saved by this,ofcorse can be used,manywhere .even at traffic signal points,solar panels ,if used,power can be conserved .even in ,all in most residentail societies,in their parking places,compounds,use of solar panels is a better options.
• India
9 May 10
that's good plan what u r thinking.Do u know.know a days some of Indian IT company using solar panel. it's depend of u r requirement
• Philippines
9 May 10
You can search it on the net about its price.
@nijolechu (1845)
• Canada
9 May 10
I have seen some news reports of solar panels. There are some european countries that have adopted it and has some citizens that have purchased the solar panels to put up on their roofs. They are quite pricey and expensive. But the community does buy the excess energy that they produce from the citizens. They say it may take them up to 15 years to pay back for the panels being installed on their roof. But after the 15 years they can claim it as income since the panels will be paid off. Sounds pretty cool.
@anne25penn (3310)
• Philippines
9 May 10
I have long been toying with the idea of solar panels because when storms hit our country, my electricity gets knocked off and it takes up to a week to have it restored. I also like the ideas of solar panels because it is renewable energy and there is no need for fossil fuel just to generate electricity. My household doesn't consume that much electricity, but I am looking at long term solutions for fuel and energy consumption.
@mimiang (3779)
• Philippines
9 May 10
My brother told me that the tools are expensive. We can't afford it yet. perhaps, in the future we will have it
@mimiang (3779)
• Philippines
9 May 10
My brother said that it is expensive. But, nevertheless, I am kin on it