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  1. Just to confuse things, many years ago when Movie Star cell phones were first introduced lakeside they had a lakeside area code. I think 376. Not any more They are now like the competition, 33.
  2. Good for you Ginger. You are able to keep out of DAC. Sadly much of my bill is for pumping water up from one street below mine, to my first Aljibe and then again to the second one much higher than even my house and then to run the sprinkler system pump. Sure I like living at the edge of town where land is cheap. Sadly watering same during the dry season creates both a large electrical bill (DAC) before my solar panels and a large Simapa (water) bill. I'm starting to drill a well for water Monday, to lower my water bill. [Only kidding ]
  3. Yes Ginger say I frowning , but those solar panels are expensive. But the payoff for those panels for you new investors is getting shorter and shorter as the prices of the photovoltaic systems drop and the cost of electricity increases. The only thing really good about me buying my system in 2007-8 when it was more expensive than today, was that I sold more of my stock portfolio before the big crash. I remember being upset that the stock market had dropped by maybe 5% and I at first thought I should have waited until the market recovered. Little did I know we were about to have a big crash. I'm darn lucky I sold lot of stocks for the remodel (solar included) right before the crash
  4. Ginger. There is one disadvantage that I can think of. I have to use more expensive power to pump the water up the hill and then to run the pressure pump
  5. Ginger: Some of us have both, specially those of us who live on very steep hills. My underground Aljibe is located at a higher elevation (on the back hill) which is higher than the second floor of the house. When the power goes out I have relatively low pressure but usable water for flushing the toilet, taking showers etc. And when the pump is working there is sufficient pressure for watering even higher up the hill and to run my reverse osmoses water purifier. That way I don't need to buy bottled water.
  6. I had the opposite problem. As I posted earlier, per Fed Regulations the CFE must provide power at 127 volts +/- 10%. Back in 2008 or 9, the transformer serving my neighborhood was set way too high and every night I was recording higher than 140 volts, usually 142 to 143 volts. So I borrowed some software programming and a voltage meter from a well known solar energy company connected it to the wiring as it entered the house before the fuse box and measured over several weeks, and recorded the fact that the neighborhood transformer was set a couple of steps too high. We took the software printout to the CFE offices in Chapala and within a few days they sent a truck out and measured the power output at the neighborhood transformer, confirmed that what I had provided them was correct and stepped down the neighborhood transformer to a more acceptable level. Oh, How did I protect my electronics during those days of too high voltage? I hooked up two voltage regulators in series. At 142 volts, the first regulator would drop the voltage by about 9% to about 129 volts and the second to about 118 volts. Today because the neighborhood was out growing the transformer, they strung additional high voltage wires and added a new transformer 50 meters from the house and so far with not that many houses connected thereto the voltage almost never is more than 2 or 3 volts from the desired 127 voltage. Luckily, these days, many of the products we purchase up north and bring down here are much more tolerant of voltage variances than they used to be. For example, my latest north of the border satellite receivers say they are operational between 100 and 240 volts. 10 to 15 years ago, they would say 110 to 120 volts or something like that
  7. I'm not an expert on the subject of whole house voltage regulators. But I understand how the smaller regulators work these days. Those I have seen are step-up, step-down or do nothing transformers. And they would either step up or step down about 8 or 9% or do nothing. And only 9% may not be enough when the voltages are above 135 which I have often seen here in Mexico and is acceptable by Mexican standards Standard voltage here in Mexico is not 110 to 120 volts but 127 volts plus or minus 10% and is three phase with each phase being 120 not 180 degrees out of phase with the other. Therefore when using 2 phases rather than getting twice the voltage like you do when you are 180 degrees out of phase with each other you get almost 87% thereof or 220 volts. Oh, often you may get only one or two of the three phases wired to your house.
  8. I am always shocked when this subject comes up. Because I am reminded how many of you by choice do not have a car lakeside. I bought a new car in 2000 in Texas and drove it to Ajijic. It's been 13 years now and has 32,000 miles on it. I guess I'm spoiled. I can't imagine not having a car, especially when I drive 37 miles (59K) to Costco and load up. Or when I drive a dog or cat to the vet some 5 miles away, or when I have to drive to pick up a 50 Lb bag of fertilizer or a large bag of dog food, or pool supplies, etc etc. Yes, I suppose I could live without a car. But it sure would be a bitch to do for me.
  9. I hope I'm wrong, More Liana, but didn't it go up to $65 US?
  10. I dropped by today. They just repainted the walls and they are there every day getting everything ready to open their new office, which I'm guessing will be in a couple of days. Welcome to the neighborhood.
  11. Sorry, I'm not slamming, I'm only asking why I am always seeing negative posts about all of or parts of, Riberas Del Pilar
  12. I keep on hearing about so many problems about Riberas Del Pilar. You know, dirty water, no water, bad internet, bad telephone connectivety, no electricity, etc. Riberas Del Pilar is quite large. I hope we are only talking about small portions of this area that have so many outages and/or problems.
  13. johanson


    With telcel, just dial *133# and wait the message to pop up on your screen. It costs less than phoning *333. I think I pay 40 or so centivos instead of up to 1.19 pesos per minute when I dial the *333 number and listen to a voice message.
  14. johanson


    How much do you pay? I have had the Amigo plan for more than a year and pay a fraction of what is posted above per minute Amigo Fidelidad: Amigo premia tu Fidelidad y al cumplir un año con tu línea celular en Sistema Amigo puedes llamar a cualquier Telcel local por sólo $1.19 el minuto. Once you've registered your phone after a year, you can pay as much as $1.19 pesos per minute for a local call. I don't pay that much per minute because I can buy say $500 pesos of time and receive, depending upon the time of year either usually $900 pesos of time or $950 pesos of time. Or as little as $63 centavos per minute. I don't always buy such a large amount of time. Usually I average about 80 centavos per minute for a local telcel to telcel call. But as Spencer has pointed out those extra points or pesos only work when calling another telcel phone. Movie Star has much better rates. Now if I could only get all of my friends to use Movie Star. Sadly I haven't checked the long distance rates because any time I call long distance in Mexico I do it for free because of my Telmex plan and any time I phone out of country I use VoIP which costs me about 2 cents per minute. Check out Skype. I know persons who still have dialup who can use Skype, because Skype's compression is so good.
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