Edenor is one of the main electricity providers in Buenos Aires. This actual and unedited bill is from a property that I personally own in Palermo. It's a 1 bedroom unit and the property has high occupancy rates. Even if you can't read Spanish you can clearly see the bill is only 48.58 PESOS (US$ 12.40). And keep in mind the billing cycle is every 2 months. So that makes the electricity bill only US $ 6.20 per month!!
You can see across the bill in red letters it says, "CONSUMO CON SUBSIDIO DEL ESTADO NACIONAL". The translation would be "This bill is being subsidized by the National Government". But even without the subsidy, the bill would have only been 93.66 PESOS (US $ 23.71) for two months of usage or about $10 US per month.
You might be asking why the utility bills are being subsidized by the government? It's because the local residents don't make too much income and the locals complain about the "high cost" (to them) of utilities. A few years ago the government tried getting rid of these subsidies, but the politicians gave in to the poor here in exchange for some favor with upcoming elections. So property owners get to benefit from these subsidies. None of us are complaining.
You can clearly see all details of the bill. Please keep in mind this bill is from September 2010 to November 2010 when the weather is very mild so only a few days of air conditioning was needed. But even doubling or tripling that cost, you get an idea how cheap electricity here is compared to the USA or Europe.
* The current exchange rate as of this posting is 3.95 pesos to $1 US dollar.
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