Greenpeace Solar Rooftop Challenge

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Greenpeace busts myths on Renewable Energy with The Solar Rooftop Challenge

Greenpeace launches its Solar Rooftop Challenge at the Bonfocaio High Street on June 15, 2016. Greenpeace

Greenpeace launches its Solar Rooftop Challenge at Bonifacio High Street on June 15, 2016.

Renewable Energy advocates (from left) Illac Diaz , Jun Sabayton, Jasmin Curtis-Smith and Saab Magalona graced the launching of the Greenpeace Solar Rooftop Challenge  at the Bonifacio High Street on June 15, 2016. The Solar Rooftop Challenge is a massive information campaign that highlights the potentials of producing solar energy in the Philippines. It creates a platform for young and urban Filipinos to join the discussion on renewable energy, particularly the use of solar energy.

The Solar Rooftop Challenge highlights the benefits of using solar and busts misguided notions that hinder individuals and companies from taking it up. By showcasing existing solar rooftop installations of urban middle class households, celebrities, churches, schools, government buildings and private establishments, and through sharing empowering stories of people who have joined the solar rooftop revolution in the country awareness of solar energy is

The launch event featured informative lectures and discussions by Obet Verzola, author of the book Crossing Over: the Energy Transition to Renewable Energy and Executive Director of Center for Renewable Electricity Strategies (CREST), and Dann Diez, Executive Director of Sustainable Energy and Enterprise Development for Communities, who presented data and experiences showing that solar energy installation is affordable, accessible and more cost-effective in the long run.

The launch also unveiled the video series JuanaSolar Busts a Myth in Minutes, which features celebrity advocates Saab Magalona, Yam Concepcion and Dingdong Dantes busting the myths surrounding the use of solar energy. The videos debunk the myths that solar energy is expensive, unreliable, impractical, uneconomic, and beyond the reach of the average Filipino.

The Solar Rooftop Challenge also happens at the same time that the Philippine government is starting its comprehensive review of the country’s energy policy in order to reduce dependence on coal and come up with a national framework for a just transition to renewable energy and a low-carbon economic pathway.

By telling empowering stories, the Solar Rooftop Challenge showed that the solar revolution is already happening in many parts of the country – from a solar-powered church, to solar-powered schools, malls, and many households. It aims to serve as a platform for the thousands of Filipinos who have already embraced the solar revolution to show and tell their stories as well as exchange and share ideas and information to persuade other people who are keen on taking up the challenge of producing their own clean and renewable electricity from their rooftops.

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Why is my Water Bill so High?

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An unusually high water bill can really put a dampener of your month – especially when you have a very strict budget to stick to. Sometimes the reason for this can be an obvious one, as outlined by United Utilities which lists the most common reasons people may expect to pay more for their water usage:

  • Visitors coming to stay will equal more water being used.
  • A new baby in the family – it’s amazing how much someone so tiny needs!
  • A new appliance – something like a power shower will use a lot more water than what you’re used to.
  • Family members using more water than they’re letting on – check how long people are showering for, or how long the tap is running when they’re brushing their teeth.
  • A garden hose or sprinkler uses a lot of water.
  • Estimated bills can sometimes cause an issue, which is why regular meter readings are essential.
  • If you’ve moved home your bill may reflect a longer period than you’re used to.
  • A balance brought forward from a previous bill.
  • Credit that was making your bills lower has now been used up – this can be checked with your supplier.
  • Your payment plan may need adjusting.
  • The price of water has gone up.

However, if none of these things are an issue, then you may need some information from an expert. Click here for more information with regards to your area. You may find that you have an unexpected leak somewhere that you knew nothing about.

When it comes to saving water and spending less money, the experts at the Eden Project charity have some great tips for you:

  • Turn off the tap as you’re brushing your teeth. You’ll be amazed at how much this can save – up to 6 litres per minute!
  • Your water provider will be able to provide you with a cistern displacement device. This will greatly reduce the amount of water used per flush, saving on your sewerage charges.
  • Shower for less time. This sounds obvious, but can save up to 45 litres per minute.
  • If you must use a dishwasher or washing machine, then ensure that you’re doing a full load, reducing the amount of washes needed.
  • Get your taps fixed immediately if they’re dripping – this will save you up to 5,000 litres of water per year!
  • Install a water butt to your drainpipe – this water can be used to water plants, wash windows, even clean your car.
  • Use a watering can rather than a hose.
  • Fill a jug of water to put in your fridge. This will save you from running the tap for an extended period of time.
  • Consider using a water meter to reduce the cost of your bills.
  • Ensure that you buy water efficient products. Picking the right shower, cistern, or washing machine will save you a lot of money in the long run.
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