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    Default EDEESTE Bill OUCH!!

    Wife thought she would be nice and let her brother stay in the house for summer break. He is working on his PhD in the states but goes back every summer. Month of July 3460 pesos. Just for those that have asked before this is the break down on the bill for KW. I would say 80% of this is from the 240 circuit for the AC and well pump.

    Fixed Charge 137.25 pesos
    200 KW @ 4.44
    100 KW @ 6.97
    160 KW @ 10.86
    Total 3459.85

    Bad part is that he is going to be there another month. I guess he didn't understand the part about not running the AC non stop or setting it on the coldest setting. My highest bill when I stay there was never over 2000.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Los Lobos View Post
    Wife thought she would be nice and let her brother stay in the house for summer break. He is working on his PhD in the states but goes back every summer. Month of July 3460 pesos. Just for those that have asked before this is the break down on the bill for KW. I would say 80% of this is from the 240 circuit for the AC and well pump.

    Fixed Charge 137.25 pesos
    200 KW @ 4.44
    100 KW @ 6.97
    160 KW @ 10.86
    Total 3459.85

    Bad part is that he is going to be there another month. I guess he didn't understand the part about not running the AC non stop or setting it on the coldest setting. My highest bill when I stay there was never over 2000.
    So it was roughly $80 and before never over $46.50 ? It was $33.50 higher then you highest bill before. Sounds cheap if he has an AC running nonstop on the coldest setting. Not saying he couldn't pitch in for the electric bill. Maybe next time someone staying there just tell them no problem and have them pay the electric bill.

    He should be saving money on not being at home. I lower my cable/internet/phone plan when I live the US and save a lot of that each month.

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    I wish 3460 would be my monthly bill here in Bavaro...

    ...would be a relieve, not an "ouch".

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    So what is a $30 investment for a brother in law with a doctorate? Unless, of course, it is in something like French Lit.

    Let us hope that it is in something useful like microbiology.

    Family, it is what we do. Right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Los Lobos View Post
    Wife thought she would be nice and let her brother stay in the house for summer break. He is working on his PhD in the states but goes back every summer. Month of July 3460 pesos. Just for those that have asked before this is the break down on the bill for KW. I would say 80% of this is from the 240 circuit for the AC and well pump.

    Fixed Charge 137.25 pesos
    200 KW @ 4.44
    100 KW @ 6.97
    160 KW @ 10.86
    Total 3459.85

    Bad part is that he is going to be there another month. I guess he didn't understand the part about not running the AC non stop or setting it on the coldest setting. My highest bill when I stay there was never over 2000.
    I thought we Dutchmen were cheap.....1500 pesos more is peanuts.

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    1500 pesos more is a lot of beer!! I guess its more of a shock because when we stay we are always out and the only thing running during the day is the fridge. Usually only run the AC at night to sleep. Also if the power has gone out before we leave for the day we go thru and turn off everything so when the power comes back on nothings running that doesn't need to be. I guess because I actually pay for my electric I like to be more frugal and conserve what I can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Los Lobos View Post
    1500 pesos more is a lot of beer!! I guess its more of a shock because when we stay we are always out and the only thing running during the day is the fridge. Usually only run the AC at night to sleep. Also if the power has gone out before we leave for the day we go thru and turn off everything so when the power comes back on nothings running that doesn't need to be. I guess because I actually pay for my electric I like to be more frugal and conserve what I can.
    Ask him to pay, if you are too shy because of perceived family obligations you pay.
    A PhD candidate who studies in the US surely has some funds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Los Lobos View Post
    1500 pesos more is a lot of beer!! I guess its more of a shock because when we stay we are always out and the only thing running during the day is the fridge. Usually only run the AC at night to sleep. Also if the power has gone out before we leave for the day we go thru and turn off everything so when the power comes back on nothings running that doesn't need to be. I guess because I actually pay for my electric I like to be more frugal and conserve what I can.
    I appreciate frugalness, I check light, fans, ironers, a/c all the time as well...and it's a sport to see how low a bill I can get without giving up comfort....but still......1500 pesos extra per month is not a lot, if you have someone in your house 24/7 who needs to work in a closed room!....remember also that summer time is always more expensive because you use the a/c more and it needs to work harder to keep your house cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Los Lobos View Post
    1500 pesos more is a lot of beer!! I guess its more of a shock because when we stay we are always out and the only thing running during the day is the fridge. Usually only run the AC at night to sleep. Also if the power has gone out before we leave for the day we go thru and turn off everything so when the power comes back on nothings running that doesn't need to be. I guess because I actually pay for my electric I like to be more frugal and conserve what I can.
    I was trained that way and ususally had only one light on in a room. Enter turn the light on. Leave turn the light off. But now, somehow, with the low light bulbs and age and perhaps laziness, I actually leave the hall light on and this or that light on so it is more cheerful. And often I do not remember what is on when the power goes out. Most of the time it wakes me up when the lights come up and the fan starts running and such.

    probably he has been in the US for too long and is no longer used to black outs.

    you could mention that the electric bill was (much) higher this month and remind him to (check) that the fans and ac and lights are off when he leaves a room .. in case of black out.

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    You are either very poor, or very cheap, or BOTH!!!!
    "A Happy Wife Mahes A Happy Life"!
    It HER brothr don't forget.
    I feel like I feed my wife's entire family.
    I just smile and say,...."Mas"??????
    CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC
    ps., just paid my electric bill today, 19,760 pesos!
    No sympathy from here!

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