... for it is unlikely that they will suffer the heat of the summer of 2021.
When we learned about the rotational daily two-hour brownouts being imposed due to low power supply, I frowned. The turtle will have an easier time than us.
The eight-hour daily brownouts in 1992, the year I was pregnant with Sam, is still vivid on my mind. Eight-hour daily brownouts with only four to six hours of water supply. And those two rarely coincided. On most days, we had one but not the other. We could watch TV but not be able to cook or do the laundry because there was no water. And when the water finally came, there would only be an hour or so left before the next brownout.
So, you know, when I first read "rotational daily two-hour brownouts", I frowned. So many things went through my mind. What's our Plan A, B and C if our work-rest-sleep routine was disrupted by brownouts? And we all work from home, for goodness sakes. Will we be on each other's nerves and screaming incessantly by the time the monsoon season eases the heat?
I wondered if we were wrong in not going ahead with our plan to install solar panels so we could have an alternative and cheaper (free, actually, if we don't count the cost of the panels and the installation fees) source of electricity. After all, we have the highest power rates (some say second highest) in all of Asia.
We talked about it for months prior to the house renovation in 2019. We researched, went through the pros and cons, and finally concluded that there was no way we could have solar panels installed on the roof without a real danger of damaging the roof tiles. What's the point of having solar panels to power the air-conditioners in the summer if the roof will leak during the monsoon season? It did sound like we were getting rid of one problem and replacing it with a new one. So, never mind.
As part of the renovation, we installed new and additional air-conditioners, all equipped with power inverter, and realized how much less we were paying the power company each month. Power inverter is king! And talk about the solar panels completely dissipated.
I hadn't thought about solar panels much since. Until today with all the talk about rotational two-hour brownouts. Images of shimmering solar panels, brilliant under the noonday sun, flashed through my mind for a split-second. And in that split-second, I felt annoyance and regret because those images weren't of solar panels on our roof. Well, that was just for a split-second. One has to move on and leave negative feeling behind so as to not allow it to fester. The world has had no need for more negativity in a long time, and especially since 2020.
So, what does one do when faced with a "there might be a problem" situation? Even before looking for solutions to a possible problem, one has to establish the facts first, right? After all, the problem might never leave the realm of conjecture.
I read whatever I could find. There's a schedule. And a list of affected areas. Although headlines screamed "Metro Manila and suburbs", the affected suburban areas did NOT include ours.