Mexico’s cost of living in general is much lower than that of many other developing countries. But no matter where you choose to live or spend any length of time, energy costs will always be a volatile expense. We can help curb a few of these costs by making some simple suggestions for the warmer months of the year.
- During the hottest part of the day make sure you pull down your shades, especially if you get direct sunlight coming through.
- Replace your incandescent bulbs with LEDs – LED lights are much more energy efficient.
- Keep your air-conditioner thermostats at a reasonable setting.
- With the Riviera Maya’s temperate weather year-round, taking a steaming-hot shower isn’t always necessary. Keeping your water heater’s thermostat set to a lower temperature will save energy.
- When leaving your home during the day, adjust your AC thermostat to 80 and turn off unnecessary lights and ceiling fans.
- Keep unused rooms closed up. Air-conditioned rooms that are not being used waste energy. Also consider closing your bedroom door at night and adjust the rest of the home’s AC units to an appropriate temperature.
These simple suggestions can lower your energy bill 10, 20, possibly 30 percent or more. There are times in the warmer months that you might have to bite the bullet and lower your air-conditioner thermostat slightly lower than 79. However, keep in mind that you can always upgrade your AC units to energy efficient inverted air conditioners. These newly designed units cost more, but in the long run will save you money.
Use common sense and look for energy saving ideas. Simple things like closing the door when going outside for a short time keeps cool air in and warm air out. Taking shorter showers, turning off lights when leaving a room and isolating unused spaces can keep you in the green within Mexico’s CFE (Federal Electricity Commission) tiered pricing.
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