Jun 17, 2006, 9:25 PM
Post #17 of 49
Our recent 2 month electric billing was 2,165.57 pesos, with the exchange rate of 11.40 US= $194.00 for two months. We have a washer, dryer, 2 ACs, Microwave, 5 ceiling fans, 5' freezer, fridge, hot pot for water, toaster, computer, no TV. We also have our own water well system with 2 pumps,one pump provides a pressure system to the house and second pump provides water to 1 acre of garden area.
We use many 40W bulbs in areas where we don't need as must light as a reading area requires (that is a KW saver) we are very aware of turning off any unneeded lights. I worked for an electric company in the US and know how to be as efficient as possible. Yes, I know the items listed above don't look energy saving but considering the amount of KWs we use we aren't complaining about our bill, even though we shudder when we receive it.
Esperanza clearly breaks down the electric billing system which is a 3 tier system. Basico, Intermedio, Excedente. Unlike the US electric system of the more you use the cheaper the rate, in Mexico the more you use the higher the cost per KWH.
The Mexican National is charged the same rate per KWH as anyone else. We have two different Mx neighbors who live in 2 room houses and they have only a TV, fridge and one light bulb in each room. They use only the basic rate so their bill is much less. Another Mx neighbor, a family of 5 has a larger home with more of the things we Americanos cherish. Their cost per KWH is the same as ours as they move into the top tier. Another Mx friend has a very large home with an extended family and her billing rate is exactly the same as ours. No one gets a break in this system. Compare your bill to your neighbor's, I mean not the amount of the total bill but look at the 3 tiers on each bill. It will help you begin to understand how the system works. My husband has it down to a science. He reads our meter each month and now can predict how much our billing is going to be. Then he runs in to tell me. I tell him not to share the bad news with me, I prefer to wait for the recibo to be dropped in the buzon.
Back in Nov. 2005 there was an interesting discussion about the monthly cost of living in MX. Do a search on monthly expenses and you will see that the cost of electricity varied greatly but still wasn't listed as cheap.
Counselor, one question - did your property manager present you with the actual CFE bill or did she present a bill prepared by her office? I would request that she provide me with a actual CFE bill each time.
(This post was edited by thriftqueen on Jun 17, 2006, 9:28 PM)