Sustainable living doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, if it’s costing you money, you’re probably doing it wrong. Solar power is one form of sustainable living that has been gaining momentum all over the world in the last couple of years. With electricity prices going up year-on-year, and environmental issues more evident than ever, consumers have been looking for alternative forms of energy to cut costs and lessen their carbon footprint.
There are a lot of misconceptions with regards to solar energy and how they can benefit consumers. One myth is that it is very expensive to install. While it can be costly to install a solar panel system, the price that you will be saving on your electricity bill will make up for the difference. The solar panel system should be treated as an investment and not as an expense.
So how much can you really save with solar energy? It will depend on 3 factors – your location, your total energy consumption, and how many solar panels you have installed in your home. The Philippines is the perfect location to utilize solar energy. Since the country has a tropical climate, it receives a lot of exposure to the sun throughout the year.
Before investing in solar energy, it is recommended that you take a look at your current electricity bill. The higher your bill, the more likely you are to benefit from switching to solar power. However, since energy consumptions change every month, the amount of savings also varies monthly.
A solar energy system equipped with 1,000 watts is enough to power a home with one refrigerator, two electric fans, a television set, two chargers or laptops, three LED lights, a washing machine, and a rice cooker. If you plan to purchase additional appliances and electronics, you may also want to consider installing more solar panels in the future.
Solar energy is ideal for families looking to contribute to have a cleaner and greener society, while also reducing their electricity expenses. Although it was thought to be an expensive alternative, costs for solar energy have drastically decreased in the last few years. Today, low-cost housing projects with solar energy exist.
One such project that has gained numerous accolades is Via Verde, a community developed by Imperial Homes Corporation. Launched in 2015, Via Verde became the first mass housing community in the Philippines where every home unit has a solar solution with lithium battery installed in it, allowing homeowners to experience and enjoy lower electricity bill giving them the chance to enjoy a more comfortable life.
Imperial Homes Corporation is committed to delivering affordable, yet innovative homes to all Filipinos. For more information, contact Imperial Homes Corporation at (02) 807-8405 or (0977) 854-9632.
Archive for August, 2018
The Various Classifications of Houses
When it comes to choosing the right home for you and your family, you will never run out of options, especially here at Imperial Homes. But of course, you have to think of what is suitable for your needs and what is right for your budget. That’s why it is very essential that you have the knowledge about all of the options that you may encounter upon looking for the ideal house property for your family.
The different house property types come in different designs, sizes, capacity, nature, and of course, the cost. To give you further information about the different popular types of house properties, check out this list.
It is a one-story house, cottage or cabin. This type of house is typically small in terms of square footage. Bungalows are designed to provide affordable and modern housing for those in the working class. This kind of house normally includes a dormer window and a veranda. Some people customize it by adding a mezzanine to have more spaces for bedrooms and/or study room. This is very easy to maintain and a good deal for those who have elderly or disabled family member as far as mobility is concerned.
This kind of house is a stand-alone residential structure that does not share any of its outside walls with another house, building or unit. It is also called a separate house or a single-detached dwelling which is one of the most ideal houses for a big family. It has a lot of advantages but can be more expensive than the other types. It is quite distant from your neighbors so you can have more privacy, thus, a larger area for you to occupy and maintain, of course. A detached house generally has no property management fees, unlike townhouses and condominiums.
Townhouses are sometimes called as row houses. These can be built as a single or multi-storied structured. This type of house is located in a neighborhood development connected to adjacent houses by a common wall. This kind of house is ideal for those who want a low-maintenance yet affordable housing. Normally, it includes a small yard right in front of its door.
Studio Type Apartment
A studio type apartment is a single large room that has a kitchen and a bathroom. It is basically a self-contained unit and houses everything in the single room space except for the bathroom. This kind of house is normally a large room with different areas dedicated to various uses. One corner of the room can be designated as the living area; one corner is the kitchen while the rest is for the bedroom or dining area. Also, you can use partial walls or dividers to separate these different areas.
A condominium or condo unit is a single, individually-owned housing unit in a multi-unit building. The owner has the sole title to the purchased unit but does not own the common properties like the land where the building is located as well as the elevators, halls, and roof. The unit owner pays property taxes only for his or her unit and is also entitled to pay for the mortgage, rent, or sell it just like any other personal property. It is normally smaller than any other house properties but can provide the maximum space needed by small families.
Furthermore, upon looking for a house property, regardless of what type it is, you should always look after the quality and affordability. Think of all the factors that you should consider first before buying a house, especially when it concerns the safety, security, benefits, and its unique selling points.
Choose the type of property that will offer great comfort and convenience to you and your family without compromising anything. Imperial Homes offer a wide array of house types that are all strategically located on the nearest provinces in the Metro. Aside from our solar-powered houses, we also aim to provide our clients with the most environment-friendly and peaceful community. Contact us for more information now!
Featured Community: Imperial Homes Properties in Bicol
Strategically located in the south of Luzon, the Bicol region is best known for its iconic Mount Mayon and its popular dishes such as (and aptly called) the Bicol express and the Pili ice cream, among others. Accessible from Manila via land or air, the Bicol region posts as a popular destination especially for local travelers looking for adventure in the region’s beautiful hills, parks, lakes, and marine sanctuaries.
Sitting in the regional center and the largest city of Bicol, Legazpi City, is Imperial Homes Corp.’s first solar-powered community, the Imperial Rosmont Heights. Resting on top of a mountain, complete with a panoramic view of the city, Imperial Rosmont Heights is a community in the forefront of innovation, providing young couples and families with state-of-the-art, economically friendly solar powered homes right at the heart of the Bicol province.
Imperial Homes, a strong proponent of environmentally friendly developments did not just stop with one solar-powered community. Victoria Highlands is another testament to the company’s vision as it is the first solar-powered community in Iriga City, located in Camarines Sur. Each home in Victoria Highlands comes equipped with 24-hour solar solutions, which gives its residents energy efficiency in their homes and savings on electricity bills. This likewise avoids families from frequent electricity interruptions in the area.
Imperial Ridgeview is another development of Imperial Homes located in Buraguis, Legazpi City. The gated community, now considered as a prime address for the Upper Class of Bicol, boasts of a 360-degree view of the Albay Gulf and the Mayon Volcano.
Finally, the Le Grand Central Courtyard is an exclusive gated subdivision with a towering view of the Mayon Volcano located within Legazpi City’s exclusive Central City Subdivision. Located right at the center of Bicol’s main city, the Le Grand Central Courtyard is a prestigious community that assures residents safe and private living spaces.
With Imperial Homes’ clear mission to become a leader in leisure residential communities, it is not a surprise that the company has successfully sold out a vast majority of its residential properties. Only a small percentage of the properties in the Bicol communities remain for sale. Given its highly affordable prices and energy efficient features, you shouldn’t waste your time making this investment that will change your home life forever!
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Emma Imperial: Getting to Know the Iconic Woman Behind Imperial Homes’ Success
Everyone dreams of running their own company. Some people want to be their own bosses, while others stumble upon a business opportunity that isn’t currently available in the market. While there could be numerous reasons why anyone would start their own business, they all have one common characteristic – they all provide the chance to finally build on your own dreams instead of someone else’s. And that’s exactly what happened to Emma Imperial.
Emma Imperial is the President and CEO of Imperial Homes Group of Companies. While she didn’t start holding this position until the passing of her husband, she has always been passionate about the real estate industry. With over 30 years of experience, Emma has gotten to where she is, not just due to her skills, but also due to her dedication and positive outlook in life.
Most real estate companies focus their efforts on big developments that will rake in the most profit. However, Emma decided to prioritize low-cost housing projects that will provide more affordable housing opportunities for lower income earners. While it can be tempting to shift priorities to projects with bigger margins, Emma Imperial has stood steadfast in her mission to develop cost-effective homes for all Filipinos.
Imperial Homes Corporation can credit their much of their success to the courage and determination of their leader. Emma has not only been able to set up numerous low-cost communities, but she has also improved and disrupted the low-cost housing segment with her bold ideas and innovative solutions.
Just 5 years ago, Emma set her heart on developing the first mass housing community in the Philippines to be powered by solar energy. Via Verde, located in Sto. Tomas, Batangas, launched in early 2015 with the objective to deliver quality affordable homes, while giving residents access to renewable energy that could significantly decrease their electricity bills and their impact on the environment.
The project was so successful that it was recognized by the World Bank-International Finance Corporation, the Financial Times and International Finance Corporation (IFC), and received the World Bank’s EDGE Certificate for Green Building – the first certificate given to a mass housing developer in the country.
Emma has proven that owning and running a business is anything but easy. It’s well worth it – but it’s definitely not easy. She has worked long hours in countless pursuit of her dreams and her vision for the Filipino people. Her company has built over 15,000 homes for low to middle-class citizens and she has no plans to stop anytime soon. She is the epitome of strength and resilience, and a true inspiration for all businessmen and professionals.
Photo Courtesy of Entrepreneur Philippines
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