Does Using Solar Power Mean You Do Not Have to pay for Electricity?

Using electricity can be expensive. This is why some people decide to look elsewhere than their normal supplier. You may want to think about simply changing to a different conventional supplier; you can learn more about that process. On the other hand, you may be thinking about making a complete change, to a system such as solar power.

There are many benefits to be had from using a solar power system in your home.  Of course, solar power is a well known source of renewable energy, which is also good for the world around you. But can you actually get rid of your electricity bill altogether, if you use solar power?

Why use solar power?

We have already explained why solar power is a good idea. The planet only has a limited stock of fossil fuel left, and what we do have causes damage to the environment when we use it. The same does not apply to solar energy. Using solar power also means that you can potentially go off grid, and not have to pay electricity bills again. All of this sounds really good, but there are some drawbacks to using solar power.

  • The installation costs for solar power systems can be high.
  • You cannot generate power from sunlight all the time, so you need to use batteries to store energy so that you can use it when you need it. This can make running a solar power system more expensive.
  • You may have to invest in solar power versions of household appliances, or substitute another form of heating, lighting or cooking. This can be costly and inconvenient.

If you are concerned about these issues, there are options that you may want to consider.

What are your options?

Using solar power on its own may be a costly option, at least in the short term. It may also not produce enough energy for your needs. There are options which may help to overcome these problems.

  • Using a hybrid system. You may want to think about using a hybrid system which gives you access to solar power and wind power. This means that you should have access to more energy at different times of the day.
  • Staying on the grid. This is an option that many people choose. It means that you can use your own solar power energy where possible, but still take energy from the grid when you need it. You can even sell excess energy to the grid, should you have any. Of course, this means that you still have an electricity bill to pay, but at a reduced rate.

Both of these options are viable choices, if you need an alternative to solely using solar power. The reality is that it’s possible to go off grid when you are using solar power, but it can be complicated and expensive to do so.

Jeepneed Circuit Lab-in-a-Box

I mentioned Jeepneed briefly when I posted about the Philippine Homeschool Conference 2016. We bought the Pocket Microscope then and it has  truly helped us in our Science discoveries at home. A few days ago, I was once again able to come across Jeepneed and get to know the company a little better. Not only that, I was able to try out their Lab-in-a-Box kit.

Jeepneed makes adventures in Science more accessible for homeschooling parents like me. For the past years that we’ve been learning about Science in our homeschool, one of the major challenges is collecting all materials needed to perform experiments at home. Since my daughter was learning about electricity, I opted to buy the Circuit Lab box for her.

Inside the box, there are batteries, LED lights, copper tape, electrical tape and instructions for 5 expeditions or activities your child can accomplish.

(photo courtesy of jeepneed.com)

At the beginning, she tried to light up the LED using 1.5V of batteries.

Then she tried to make a simple circuit.

Watch the video on how she put the simple circuit together.

It took her less than 20 minutes to finish the expedition and she enjoyed the whole process.
Along with the materials, a simple instruction manual came with the expedition and there were some concept lessons being taught as well. It was simple and easy to understand.

Currently, Jeepneed has 6 labs that you can purchase individually or through subscription:


(photo courtesy of jeepneed.com)

 

 – Outdoors Lab

 – Circuit Lab

 – Space Lab

 – Health Lab

 – Kitchen Chem Lab

– Soap Mixtures Lab

Jeepneed is such a great tool for homeschool parents as they make adventures in Science more accessible to everyone! Aside from that, Jeepneed also helps out in public schools by letting them experience Science in a fun way. As they reach 100 subscriptions, it means 1000 students served. What a great way to help build our nation, isn’t it?

How much does the subscriptions cost?

1 month is 750 pesos

3 months is 2100 pesos

6 months is 3780 pesos

12 months is 6000 pesos

Be sure to check out their website or their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/jeepneed/  for more information about their subscription packages and other products.

 

 

 

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