Daniel Langlois - Mr Escazu News, Council Member AND
Mr WONDERFUL Realtor - Zucaes.com -shared on a message board the answer to the question about what Electricity Rates run in Costa Rica. What he shared was:
"The cost per kWh is around 100-colones for residential.
It starts for the first 30 w/h for 1,890-c (about $3.80 based on the current 496.75-colones per U.S. $1).
Then the price increases to 63-c (12¢-ish) per kWh for the next 200 kWh
Then it's 99-c (.20¢) per kWh for the rest of the bill based on info taken from the electric company - CNFL - www.cnfl.go.cr (note it's one of those companies who's website was set up improperly so you MUST put the www. first or it comes up as a bad address).
Now if you really want to save money, Tarifa Residencial Horaria, is the way to go. You have to request a special meter (the ONLY person that can set this up is the person who's name is on the bill/account) and you get a BIG REDUCTION in the bill if you use your electricity mainly during quieter times (8pm-6am) when the rates (depending on your kWh usage) range from 132-178-c per kWh. Next cheapest time is from 6-10am and 12:30-5:30pm where it ranges from 55-c to 71-c. And, the MOST EXPENSIVE time is 10am-12:30pm and 5:30-8pm. I do believe Saturday and Sunday are billed out at the lowest time.
The cost per kWh you will find in:
To all above you have to add sales tax, street lighting, fire department tribute!
So with this information if you can calculate how much kWh you will spend that will give you an idea how much you will pay."
Depending on how you choose to live, electricity rates can be on-par with the U.S.!