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#491296 - 05/23/14 05:48 PM Electric bills in San Pedro
rwing Offline
I am planning a 6 month visit to San Pedro next summer. I would really like some help with knowing what kind of electric bill I will have each month. I know that it will depend on how I use my A/C mostly. I have heard that my bill could be as high as $300. I only use my A/C while I am in the residence(probably a one bedroom condo) and I keep it around 80 degrees. The reason I am asking this is that depending how high my electric bills is, it will determine how much I can afford in monthly rent. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

#491301 - 05/23/14 06:30 PM Re: Electric bills in San Pedro [Re: rwing]
SimonB Offline
I live in a one bedroom. I generally use my A/C only from 5pm to 9pm, set at 78F. All of my lights are LED WiFi controlled. I don't watch much TV. My stove is gas. My fridge is new. My bill is about $200 a month.

#491303 - 05/23/14 06:40 PM Re: Electric bills in San Pedro [Re: rwing]
rwing Offline
OUCH! $200 per month only running your A/C from 5 to 9. That would probably be similar to the times that I would run it during the day. You don't need your A/C at night during the summer?

#491309 - 05/23/14 07:38 PM Re: Electric bills in San Pedro [Re: rwing]
Loansum-Al K Offline
Originally Posted By: rwing
OUCH! $200 per month only running your A/C from 5 to 9. That would probably be similar to the times that I would run it during the day. You don't need your A/C at night during the summer?

$200 per month is reasonable. My bill averaged $392.00 BZ per month for the last 12 months using A/C about 50% of the time. All electric, no gas
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#491311 - 05/23/14 09:59 PM Re: Electric bills in San Pedro [Re: rwing]
SimonB Offline
I have south facing windows that make it necessary to have the A/C on to cool off the place when I get home from work and make it comfortable in the evening. The tile floors cool off at that time and then I use a fan beside the bedside through the night. I refuse to use A/C at night. I've only had A/C for 4 months, the last 11 years (different location, NE unit) I only used a fan no matter how hot.

#491320 - 05/24/14 02:35 AM Re: Electric bills in San Pedro [Re: rwing]
ScubaLdy Offline
I am so happy with my solar. My 2m level living quarters plus 3rd level master suite are on solar.
This leaves two small apartments, outdoor landscape lights and the water pump still on the grid.
I have been able to reduce my BEL bill substantially. $148.00, $154.00 and $108.00 all Belize Dollars.
The apartments have A/C units but they have not been used for over a year.
We all have the ability to control our consumption and decide what is important to us.
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#491321 - 05/24/14 04:47 AM Re: Electric bills in San Pedro [Re: rwing]
Tracker Offline
My wooden house with A/C used maybe 3 times a week, fridge, washer/dryer used once a week and a TV on for about 5hrs a day and a ceiling fan on all night my bill is an average $65 a month. grin
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#491337 - 05/24/14 12:27 PM Re: Electric bills in San Pedro [Re: rwing]
Inplub Offline
Harriette if I may ask what were your bills before solar?

#491349 - 05/24/14 02:00 PM Re: Electric bills in San Pedro [Re: rwing]
Diane Campbell Offline
Please note that the sums on the power bill are probably Belize dollars, not US or Canadian.

My monthly bill covers use from two houses always occupied, a guest house sometimes occupied and a swimming pool (pool pump, no heater). My bill averages 400 Bz a month during winter and a bit more in the summer. The bill was substantially higher before I installed a solar hot water heater. I occasionally run the AC, but not daily. Finding a home with good cross ventilation helps reduce your power consumption.

#491360 - 05/24/14 06:54 PM Re: Electric bills in San Pedro [Re: rwing]
Phil Offline
As often, I have the flip side. I have a Vacation Rental house and when full my summer electric bill is $1,500 per month.

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