Utility Costs: when, where and how to pay them
Whether you live in a house, a condo or an apartment you have to pay utility costs in order to have and enjoy basic services every month.
- Water: is billed every two months and the cost depends on the area where you live. It can be paid in most banks, supermarkets, convenience stores and government offices.
- LP gas: it is used in most stoves, ovens, water heaters, washing machines and clothes dryers. Provided by a truck, you can arrange a periodic fill-up or wait for one passing by. A medium size tank will hold up to 2-3 weeks and the price is set by the government.
- Natural Gas: with pipelines going underground, it is a newer option, but some appliances may need modifications for this service to work properly. It is supplied directly into your house and billed monthly.
- Electricity: is given and regulated by government company CFE (Federal Electricity Commission). Unless you inhabit a new house, you don’t need to set up the service. The standard voltage is 110W, but some have additional entrance for 220W. It is billed every two months and can be paid in banks, supermarkets, convenience stores and online.
- Garbage: depending on where you live you can daily leave garbage bags outside your gate for a truck to pick them up, but some places require you to separate waste in four different bins:
- Organic –such as food leftovers, branches, plants and dairy products- collected on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
- Recyclable inorganic –such as glass, clothes and paper- collected on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
- Non-recyclable inorganic –such as pads, cigarette butts, stryrofoam and shoes- collected on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
- Special handling and bulky –such as televisions, computers, mobiles, mattresses, and refrigerators- collected on Sunday.