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Old 11th June 2019, 10:52 AM
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So how are you all keeping cool? I installed a new split AC a month ago, and wow, did my electric bill ever go up, doubled, and yes I have had it on 24/7 , dumb eh?
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So how are you all keeping cool? I installed a new split AC a month ago, and wow, did my electric bill ever go up, doubled, and yes I have had it on 24/7 , dumb eh?
We have to watch costs in our home and I will turn it on later on in the evening for a couple hours but my next AC unit/Fridge will probably be an inverter type.

Over the years I planted several trees around the home and the back yard to help keep it cool also and it has made a huge difference so unless it's really hot we won't need to turn on the AC unit but we do have fans just about every where in the home including the bathroom and kitchen.
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Gotta be comfortable! If you can afford it, that is all that matters. Idea of saving money,But being miserable makes no sense to me. In the end m, it’s Your $$ and what You spend it On is solely up to You. I know when we move back nxt yr, for what is probably a 3 yr gig (adoption) , we will rent a nice place and with A/C for times like now. I know coming from NW Washington state, gonna be a hard first year acclimated, cause I’ve done it before. Wish you well!
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So how are you all keeping cool? I installed a new split AC a month ago, and wow, did my electric bill ever go up, doubled, and yes I have had it on 24/7 , dumb eh?
Balikbayan, welcome to the forum and raising some interesting posts.

For me it's like Jay (Nickleback) mentioned with regards to creature comforts, really no different to where we lived in Oz, Sunshine coast, yes it gets hot in summer and can be quite cool in the middle of winter, we run reverse cycle A/C there though not often but a must.

Here on the beach in Tammocalao La Union I thought we would get sea and mountain breezes, not often and now in the middle of summer I am not dealing with the heat and humidity very well so first was the A/C in the bedroom, the ceiling was not insulated, all the windows in the house are jalousie and not sealed very well though we do have big shutters on all the windows (for the typhoons) the system that the original builder came up with is very inefficient. We have been running that A/C 10 to 12 hours a day (retreat and sleeping) so I will post later what our electricity bill is in a few days. Was just under PHP 3K last time but that was only for 18 days running A/C.
We also purchased R3 insulation batts at great expense and had them shipped from Olongapo (Subic) for the ceilings, to date we have installed in the living/dining/kitchen as well as hallways and laundry, this was easy as we had new ceilings installed but not looking forward to getting in the roof space to do the bedrooms and bathrooms but I am sure we will recoup the costs with savings on electricity, research suggests 2 to 3 years to recover initial outlay.
Last week we had a 2.5HP dual inverter split system installed in the living area so we will see how much the bill runs up and will let you know.

Wow I have waffled on.

Mark (MCA) I agree with you on trees and shading and we certainly have plenty as well as good eave overhangs, definitely shading walls from direct sun helps. For us the problem is fighting the thermal mass of the building, concrete columns and beams, block and rendered. We get little sun on the walls and windows but being 36 C every day definitely heats up the walls and that is radiated internally so the A/Cs have a fight on their hands.
Looking into the cost of replacing all the windows with double glazed.

When we lived in Manila (Condo 7th floor 3 bed 3 bath master bedroom exposed to west sun, 2 split systems) our bill there was PHP 3 to 4K but that was 6 or 7 years ago.

Enough for now.

Cheers, Steve.
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Thanks Steve, I don't know what they charge per kwh, I figure it's about 12 pesos/kwh ? Correct me if I'm wrong. We have a LG split AC, dual inverter. I figure running this 24/7 cost me about php 9600.00/m, I could be wrong here to, my math isn't to hot. ( a pun? ).
We are going to plant more shade trees around the house, and insulate the attic as well. I'm also going to use less wattage light bulbs, LED.
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You are very close, a couple years ago the rate was 11.5 per KWh but that is PECO (Panay Electric Company) on Panay Island as I live in Iloilo.

We just use a few fans strategically placed at various places, but I moved here from Arizona where it is a bit on the warmish side most of the year anyway and the heat doesn't bother me very much.

A much used (in Southwestern states of the US) method of cutting the internal heat problem is to build another roof over your present one with a 1 or 1 1/2 foot gap between so your present roof is in the shade of the higher one and also allows the breeze to blow through to help cool. Very effective on a metal roof. Don't know what the ROI would be here but will eventually pay for itself in the long run. Just food for thought.

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We live on the edge of Laguna De Bay some days( not very often ) i can sit ouside on the porch and enjoy a coffee
And watch the birds.( wildlife 🤣 )
Normally daytimes its fans for cooling, our Aircon ( 1hp) in the bedroom is usually on around 12 noon till 2pm and then from around 9pm till 8am daily, temp set at 25c .
our power bill for last month was 2700 pesos
that includes 2 old fridges ( 1 for my cold drinks and my chocolate etc and my Burgers ! )
24/7 electric kettle, coffee maker, aircon, 3 insect killers, 2/47 CCTV .will be replacing the 2 fridges for a large double door model once the aircons final instalment is paid.
Our power bill averages around 2500pesos

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We live on the edge of Laguna De Bay some days( not very often ) i can sit ouside on the porch and enjoy a coffee
And watch the birds.( wildlife 🤣 )
Normally daytimes its fans for cooling, our Aircon ( 1hp) in the bedroom is usually on around 12 noon till 2pm and then from around 9pm till 8am daily, temp set at 25c .
our power bill for last month was 2700 pesos
that includes 2 old fridges ( 1 for my cold drinks and my chocolate etc and my Burgers ! )
24/7 electric kettle, coffee maker, aircon, 3 insect killers, 2/47 CCTV .will be replacing the 2 fridges for a large double door model once the aircons final instalment is paid.
Our power bill averages around 2500pesos
Well done, hope mine is like that but very much doubt it.

Cheers, Steve.

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We live on the edge of Laguna De Bay some days( not very often ) i can sit ouside on the porch and enjoy a coffee
And watch the birds.( wildlife 🤣 )
Normally daytimes its fans for cooling, our Aircon ( 1hp) in the bedroom is usually on around 12 noon till 2pm and then from around 9pm till 8am daily, temp set at 25c .
our power bill for last month was 2700 pesos
that includes 2 old fridges ( 1 for my cold drinks and my chocolate etc and my Burgers ! )
24/7 electric kettle, coffee maker, aircon, 3 insect killers, 2/47 CCTV .will be replacing the 2 fridges for a large double door model once the aircons final instalment is paid.
Our power bill averages around 2500pesos
I love the weather here. I'm outside the whole day and most of the evening. We have the AC running in the house for the wife and the dogs who struggle with the heat. We have 4 AC units, 2x2HP and 2x11/2 HP units. All split inverter types. AC in living areas set at 25C , in the bedroom 23C. Our monthly bill is usually around P5,000. That's in Davao.
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I have a large family, I and my wife, youngest son my daughter and her family so 7 altogether and my bill for summer or June was 5,600 pesos.

We have a large side by side Electrolux fridge (I could use a new one) fridge went through two flash floods and so found floating but amazingly still works we purchased this in 2008, a hot & cold dispenser we don't have city water it's an electric water pump that supplies our home and several fans in every room but we did have a water pipe leak that had to wait over a long holiday weekend in May before it could be fixed so it probably added another 1000 pesos in electricity.

Our summer bill is always high because we do turn on the AC unit sometimes during the day from 2 - 4 hrs and then night time another 4 hrs but now with the rain coming in it's not so bad.
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