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Cost of Electricity in Mexico


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Can anyone tell a ballpark cost of say a 2 bedroom condo well equiped in the Playa Del Carmen area would be monthly? We are looking in the area for a long term rental and need to figure the cost of living. Thanks!

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Can anyone tell a ballpark cost of say a 2 bedroom condo well equiped in the Playa Del Carmen area would be monthly? We are looking in the area for a long term rental and need to figure the cost of living. Thanks!
It really depends how much you use AC and what time of year you will be here. We have a three bedroom in Puerto Aventuras and only use ac at night in one bedroom (we have the mini split ac units...not central ac). But we have also acclimated to the warm weather. We use our washer/dryer for 3-4 loads of laundry a week. We have a gas stove and gas hot water heater. Our ceiling fans are running pretty much non-stop. The highest bill we had was about 3,200 pesos (for two months) and that was height of summer with non-stop guests who needed more ac as well as some construction work going on. On average, just the two of us....$150 usd for two months.

The big question is: is the unit central ac or mini-split? I would think central ac would really jack up your bills.

Also, once here...you will find that you need ac less and less (as you acclimate) and that will help to lower your bills. In the winter months, the ac is rarely on.

Hope that helps, good luck on your move!

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From $6000 pesos for two months using lots of AIR to $400 using only fans. I live on the west coast and don't use AIR but have been here 5 years+

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I don't live at the beach but assume electricity rate structure from CFE is equal.
Historically, Mexico has had a 3 tiered home rate where the 1st 150kw/two months about 1/2 US rate, next 100kw/two months about equal to US rates and every thing above that about double US rates. Starting last year, CFE added a "high user" rate that we fondly refer to as the "gringo rate". If you use over 500kw/two months, you don't get the value of the tiering but go direct to a rate about 2.5 times the US rate. Therefore real value to staying below 500kw for two months. Granted that much easier in the mountains where no AC and what heating we need in cooler mornings is from gas logs.

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Our situation is similar, in Chapala. We have no need for AC and our only need for heat is supplied by a single propane radiant heater in the living room, to knock off the early morning chill or to watch TV when we're too lazy to put on more clothing.
Cooking is by propane, as is water heating (with some solar) and the clothes dryer is also gas.
We occasionally use a tower fan and all lighting is compact fluorescent.
As such, our electric bill is about 475 pesos every two months (about $20 USD per month). If you keep your consumption this low, you will be in the basic to intermediate billing range and our bill is partially subsidised, as we live in town; not in a fraccionamiento.

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For one more point of comparison...

With a big house, no air conditioning, no heating, no appliances, mostly compact fluorescents, a computer and modem that are always on, a refrigerator, a water pump and one person plus a few visitors, I use around 150 kWh/two months for a bill around $130 pesos. The refrigerator is new and its specs suggest it accounts for half of my usage.

Interestingly, the bill from CFE claims that the actual cost of production of the energy is around $600 pesos and that the government subsidy pays around $500 of it.

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And yet another ... I'm in La Paz, BCS, on the Sea of Cortez coast.

Single person in a small house, no AC, no heating, fridge, microwave, coffeemaker, washer/dryer (rarely use the dryer), all three years old or less. Computer system but no TV. Lights mostly compact fluorescent. Two water pumps plus a pool filter pump that runs 2 hrs./day and while cleaning pool. Five large ceiling fans and a floor fan that get heavy use between mid-August and mid-October. Stove and water heater are propane.

I use a lot more electricity in summer because of the fans (and fridge, as I'm an ice-a-holic), but our CFE quotas are also much higher in summer (400 kWh with 175 on lowest rate, vs. 200 kWh with 75 on lowest rate in winter). For a given year, my bills probably average 400 pesos every two months, a little over $15 US /mo.

I lived in Egypt (same climate) for 25 years before moving here.

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We have a 2 bedroom casa (1300 sq ft) on the beach east of Progreso with fans (5 total) no A/C big fridge, LCD TV (maybe 2 hrs a day) and small electric HW tank and our bill runs around 250 MP for 2 month

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Thanks, I appreciate the info. We are renting a 2 bd 2 bath condo in Playa Del Carmen for a month and part of the deal is that we pay the electricity.

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We are heavy users and our bills seldom exceed 2000 pesos for 2 months. The computers run all the time as do the satelite receivers. We have an electric dryer which contributes. Also a 50" plasma TV.

I remember back when it was hot that we used fans regularly. Lately we have used one heater at night. Although we have minisplits for every room, we seldom use them.

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