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Entered By: Mark
Entry Date: 2008-05-19 22:43:38
Subject: Electricity
Message:
 

      Yesterday we went to church followed by purchasing produce for the week at the local farmer's market. This is a normal routine for us.       When we returned home, we found the electric bill stuck in our gate. A little background on this, since nobody has a mailbox, bills such as water and electric in Honduras are usually stuffed into a door crack, a gate, on barbed wire, a dog collar, a rain gutter or anything else the bill delivery guy can attach it to quickly. The bill was a bit of shocker. Our rates have effectively climbed from $0.12/kwh to over $0.17/kwh in a month. Although we have no A/C, no heater, no water heater and we don't watch television, our bill for last month was $262. The main electric consumer by far on this property is the water well with a four horsepower pump (pump sits at 375 feet deep). We are careful to only turn it on for a couple hours at a time just until our water tanks are full.       I've been mulling it over for a couple years mainly because of not wanting to rely on the iffy electric company (run by the Honduran government with frequent blackouts), but I'd really like to explore solar or wind power here. Wind is not very strong here, but we normally have sun at least half a day (all day in the dry season). So, if you know of anyone that nows about installing solar electric systems, I'd like to know. At the very least, I'd like to rig something up for the water well. Hasta la vista.




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