Paraguay: The South American Expat Destination With The Cheapest Electricity

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Many expat websites targeting nomads or retirees on a tight budget will often advertise Costa Rica, Ecuador, Colombia, or Mexico as cheap places to live. On the contrary, not only are rental prices going up, electricity costs remain higher than most of the United States.

 

Paraguay is a bit of a hidden gem in many regards, but their river-powered, nationalized hydroelectric plants keep electricity prics extremely low. According to the ANDE website, The KWh rate is set at 365.45 Gs ($0.069 at this moment). If one’s monthly consumption is between 51KWh and 150KWh, it is 349.89 Gs. Below 50KWh, it is 311.55.

 

Below is a translated version of their example electricity cost table:

DescripciĆ³n
Watts
Hours Used
Monthly KWh
Residential Rate in Gs.
Monthly Bill in Gs.
Electric Oven
5000
2
300
365.45
109,635
Electric Shower Head
4400
2
264
365.45
96,479
Hot Plate
3500
2
210
365.45
76,745
Heater
3000
5
450
365.45
164,453
Air Conditioner
1500
8
360
365.45
131,562
Tank Water Heater
1500
4
180
365.45
65,781
Dish Washer
1500
2
90
365.45
32,891
Microwave
1500
1
45
365.45
16,445
Stove
1200
5
180
365.45
65,781
Dryer
1100
2
66
365.45
24,120
Washing Machine
1000
2
60
365.45
21,927
Hair Dryer
1000
1
30
365.45
10,964
Water Heater
1000
1
30
365.45
10,964
Clothers Iron
1000
2
60
365.45
21,927
Toaster
800
1
24
365.45
8,771
Water Filter
750
2
45
365.45
16,445
Coffee Maker
700
2
42
365.45
15,349
Vacuum
700
2
42
365.45
15,349
Computer
400
6
72
365.45
26,312
Ice Cream Maker
300
12
108
365.45
39,469
Juicer
300
1
9
365.45
3,289
Blender
300
0.5
4.5
365.45
1,645
Mixer
200
1
6
365.45
2,193
Television
150
6
27
365.45
9,867
Light Bulb
100
6
18
365.45
6,578
Sound Equipment
100
8
24
365.45
8,771
Fluorescent Light
40
6
7.2
365.45
2,631
Ceiling Fan
80
10
24
365.45
8,771
Cassette Radio
10
10
3
365.45
1,096