90+ degree weather? Check.

Relaxed lifestyle? Check.

A lot more house for the money? Check.

No heating bills? Check.

A mind-bogglingly high electric bill? Check.


We live in a complex with 4 other units just like ours – apparently everyone’s bills are pretty similar, even those without kids.  At today’s exchange rate, it is $826.25 USD.  The average bi-lingual office worker here makes about $450/month in gross salary!  Apparently though, your zip code has a lot to do with what you pay in an electric bill, subsidies are available by neighboorhood or village, not by individual need – so people living in certain impoverished areas may pay $10 for their electricity.  Our bill doesn’t sting quite so much if I think about in those terms.