Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Electric power!

Neighbors Memo and Terry visited MsTioga yesterday evening. With them they brought a friend, whose name is Wally. And Wally is an electrician! Wally will do our electrical installation this afternoon. Isn't that great?

Wally gave me a list of materials required for the job. I will buy these things today. Wally will return this afternoon when he comes home from work and do the hookup! When the hookup is complete, all that I need to get electricity is drop my extension cord over Memo and Terry's wall and plug in!

This electric hookup is only necessary to run the air conditioner. We have enough solar electric power for everything else. But, being able to cool down MsTioga when it gets hot will be such a wonderful thing!

I'd like to go over the agreement that Memo, Terry and myself have made. They agree to supply me with water and power. I agree to pay the water and power bills each month. Also, they agreed to give me these utility bills after they have been paid so that I will know the cost.

Having these utility bills does another thing for me. In order to get my immigration card that I wrote to you about before, I must be able to prove my domicile. The immigration agency allows me to use one of these utility bills for that proof. Pretty neat, huh?

I will let you know what the utility bills total up to.

Is fumigation safe?
Reader Marilyn emailed advising me to do some other way of getting rid of roaches and ants besides fumigation.

Marilyn advised:
"I don't know why you would want to have pesticides inside your breathing and living environment...when we now know that pesticides are dangerous toxins that are known to cause cancer. They do not dissipate but accumulate.

There are natural ways to rid and deter bugs which will not introduce cancer causing pesticides into your living environment."

12 Noon - Telcel phone company
We received a message from Telcel that our Amigo Balance had expired, and we were asked to recharge. However, on the same page Telcel told that we had only consumed 39% of our GB. What was going on?

We traveled to San Juan del Rio where is located the Telcel office. On arriving, we learned that when we buy online, there is nothing more to do. The purchase is activated.

But, when the recharge is made at a store, about four different balances are received. And, it is necessary to send an SMS message to do the activation.

Telcel, I believe, is unnecessarily complicated by the various promotion plans that Telcel has going on. I traveled to San Juan, and I did not have to do this trip. But now I understand a bit more about Telcel.

Clear sky


  1. Hi Jorge :-)

    When discussing the "best inventions of the last 100 years" with our twin boys (age 11) my #1 on the list was air conditioning. Something that we have grown accustomed to and makes us so much more comfortable.

    When I was a child, A/C was pretty much a standard, but in my parent's generation it was not. So really it became the norm sometime in the 60s and 70s. Now, in the US, even poor folks have A/C ... a statistic I heard recently was that 80% of those living in poverty have A/C (in the US)

    How about in Mexico? Is A/C the norm or is it still a luxury?


    1. Definitely not! None of my neighbors have heat or air conditioning.


  2. Depends on the area. Air conditioners (high wall models) are very inexpensive in Mexico and are all the rage. The problem is not the air conditioner but the electric bill. Baja Norte (east), Sonora, Sinaloa, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas are states with summer time electricity subsidies as air conditioning has become so popular. Many, many Mexican homes of all economic ranges, now have at least a small 5000btu window unit in one bedroom for sleeping in 40C temps in July and August.

    The CFE also offers a rebate for people to change out their older units with new more efficient units.

    A big problem with electricity in Mexico are the power surges. However, it is not caused by the grid. Mexico has one of the most modern and efficient power grids in the world and one that beats out the antiquated grid in the U.S. The cause of these surges are two-fold. Many places do not install proper wiring (thus the 15 amp at rv parks) and the big sinners are Mexicans who steal their electricity by throwing a cable over the street wires or fiddle with their meters to slow them down. We are talking about 50% of the population.

    Almost all cities only allow a maximum of 799 kwhs in a two-month billing cycle which accerbates the issue. Once you hit the 800 mark you are punished with what is called the DAC rate, the highest residential rate that can run as high as 3.78 pesos per kwh or about 30 cents U.S. Once in DAC, you remain there until you have less consumption than the 799 kwhs per billing for a period of six months.

    An option is to buy a transformer that costs between 40,000 and 60,000 pesos but will give you a fixed rate of approx. 1.75 pesos no matter the amount of consumption.

    A second option is solar grid tie, which has now been approved by CFE. Private suppliers sell the panel, installation and handle the permits and meter changes. There are now more than 3000 low-income homes in the Mexicali area with solar panels, and rural areas have used solar, provided by state governments, for over ten years.

    Pluses and minuses of Mexico and its electrification system.

    1. Thank you for the explanation. Very interesting!

    2. Great comment, thanks!

  3. Banda Ancha and their bonus program is still a bit of a mystery. But ours is still working as expected! Using up the "Saldo de Regalo" balance before we leave the country.

    Currently in Chihuahua and surprised at what a modern city it is!