Oct 1, 2011, 6:23 AM
I would guess that Marlene is just being helpful to someone who does not seem to understand how some things work in Mexico.
You did say you have a EE degree, but you also said that you lost $1,000's of your electronics etc, due to power problems. You also said that if you had known, you would choose a different place without a pool. e.g. Old timers who know Mexico know that important electronics and electrical appliances must be protected from common everyday CFE issues: low voltage (drooping to 90-95 VAC), high voltage (134 - 140 VAC) , spikes, voltage drops, lightening strikes, etc. In 30 years, we have had 3 transformers on our block go out, etc. etc. etc., but due to the use of the right device to protect each type of appliance, we have had zero dollar losses.
For people who do not have EE degrees, it takes a different device to protect a large microwave oven, than to protect a computer, than to protect an electrical controlled refrigerator vs. an electronic controlled refrigerator, than to protect a small microwave oven, than to protect a printer, than to protect a clothes dryer, than to protect a TV. The dozen or so EE's I've known, do not know the practical aspects of what specific protection is needed for each different type of electronics and electrical appliances. We use 5 different types of protectors around our house - each matched to the specific need.
There is a big difference between real-world issues in Mexico and the theoretical things a EE Rocket Scientist knows, otherwise you would have known about DAC rates in advance, known about the different billing tiers based on heavy usage. You would have known the costs of running a pool pump in your area, and that a pool pump plus modest household electricity usage would cause you to lose the 75% - 79% government subsidies (discounts). If you knew the practical aspects of electrical use in Mexico, you would have known that you would be paying $10,000 in power bills that you complain of, and maybe made different choices.** If you knew the practical realities of power quality here, you could have protected your important and valuable electrical and electronics around your home.
People are describing how things actually work here, so, you will have the power and knowledge to make different choices, and make things better, for both you and for lurkers who read these threads.
Forewarned is forearmed.
**Due to my wife's clear explanations, all of our CFE bills have been below $350 pesos a month for the past 5 years, while using the modern conveniences of satellite TV, air conditioning, microwave ovens, computers, printers, scanners, etc., and we have not had any $$ losses due to electrical damage by using about $270 of various types of protectors. We have basic 240VAC service on a single meter, and no solar, wind, or other alternative energy help.
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(This post was edited by YucaLandia on Oct 1, 2011, 6:54 AM)