Jul 7, 2011, 9:18 PM
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Your questions about power have been a hot topic on ex-pat Yucatecan forums the past 6 months, so, there's a wealth of data to draw on. Your power usage basically comes down to: 1. how many hours of A/C you use every day; 2. how low you set the A/C temperature (20º vs 22º vs 24º vs 26º); and finally, what kind of A/C you have: whether you have high efficiency Inverter air conditioners (which use 30% - 40% less electricity for the same comfort levels than high efficiency units), or if you have old inefficient A/C's that use 2X - 3X more energy than the new Inverter DC A/C technology.
Actual Usage Conditions and the Associated Bills:
Modest power users with 2 story homes, and some non-sun exposed first floor rooms to live in, using A/C to get night-time bedroom temps to 27º C and to keep one interior first floor room at 27º, and individual high efficienty floor fans to blow directly on us report $200 - $225 peso electricity costs per month year round.
Expats with single story homes (where all the ceilings get hot during the daytime and re-radiate that heat into the house all night) that modestly use A/C for short periods and higher temperatures (24º), and modest electricity use from computers, TV, etc, report $300 - $400 peso per month CFE costs.
Expats with a swimming pool pump and A/C cooling to 22ºC in a room or two, and a small chest freezer, plus computers, routers, TV etc running 10 - 16 hrs per day, quickly jump into the > 850 kWhr per month DAC rates that are roughly 6X higher with no government subsidies, then report paying $2,000 - $3,500 pesos per month to CFE.
So, your question is an excellent one, since there really are 10X differences between ex-pat neighbors' CFE bills here in often-hot Yucatan. Gringos with pool pumps, substantial A/C use, and freezers, (trying to replicate their NOB life-styles), either pay for the privilege, or they buy wind generators (the best choice here) or PV solar, investing $5K - $9K US dollars to keep their future electricity bills low.
City mice vs. country mice: a little luxury often comes at surprisingly higher prices.
Give us a report back when you get here, settle in, and figure out what works for you.
ps The furniture is a whole other discussion, depending on if you have leather (a no no in hot humid un-airconditioned beach spaces) vs rattan, etc, or if you care whether our carpenter ants and termites feast on NOB non-tropical softwoods (pine etc). Some NOB furniture is appropriate here (cedar, spruce, cedro, mahogany, teak, etc) and others just become jungle-bug-food.
Some beach folks find they have to run a de-humidifier or A/C 24/7 to keep their NOB stuff from becoming moldy bug-infested ______ vs buying stuff designed for our unique climate.
My apologies if my descriptions seemed grim or negative, but people's experiences here vary very widely. We have many many gringos who come here with romantic dreams of exotic beach-front paradises, and then leave after 3-4 years, when they find they can't bend Mexico and our often-hot almost-jungle Yucatecan conditions, to their own expectations. If you instead choose to live a typical middle-class Yucatecan lifestyle, eating Mexican foods and using Mexican products, then this place and our gentle Yucatecans will likely grow on you. Only you can answer your questions, since we don't know you or your tastes, needs, or wants.
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(This post was edited by YucaLandia on Jul 7, 2011, 9:49 PM)