Although the weather is one of the reasons many expats choose Playas del Coco and also why visitors come to Guanacaste, it does come with its downsides. The rising cost of electricity is one of them. Since air conditioning is absolutely necessary, when living in dry heat for more than 6 months of the year, it has become almost a luxury with how expensive it gets. New homeowners will want to keep this in mind so that they aren’t shocked when they get their first electricity bill.
Whether you’re living here full time or part time…
Here are some things you can do to help lower your electric costs.
1. Don’t leave your air conditioner on when you’re not at home
Though this one is the most obvious, many North Americans don’t take heed to this small action. It not only saves you money but also helps the environment. Turning your AC off for the hours you are out during the day adds up. Being more aware of turning your air conditioner off before you leave can save you hundreds of dollars. Test it out! Don’t leave it on if you’re going out for the night or going to the beach for the day and you’ll see the difference in $ immediately.
3. Maintain your air conditioners
If you just bought a home or condo, get all the air conditioners checked as soon as possible. Some of them may be very old and may need to be replaced. If left unchecked, they’ll spend more energy trying to work and cost you more. In the long run, you’ll end up paying more than if you had just hired someone to fix it or bought a new one.
3. Unplug and turn off what you don’t use
Another one that sounds obvious but isn’t done as much. It may not seem like it’d make a difference but turning off lights in rooms you aren’t in, turning off the lights and ceiling fans when you’re not home. Unplugging appliances you’re not using will also help immensely. A lot of people have the misconception that fans spend next to nothing but it’s not true. I t will add up over time if you’re leaving fans on that you’re not using for hours everyday.
Turning off the breakers when you’re out of the country will also help lower electricity costs. If you’re a snowbird or in Costa Rica for part of the year, turn off the hot water and air conditioner breakers if nobody is living in your place.