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    Water & Electricity Charges in Bangkok?

    Hi Guys.

    Someone emailed me asking about the current price of electricity (forgive the pun!), and to be honest I wasn't too familiar with unit cost in Bkk. Up here in Chiang Mai, it's pretty standard now to expect a unit charge of 8 Baht in most apartment blocks. How does this compare with the capital? I know that before the 1997 crash, the 4 to 5 baht per unit was pretty much the norm, but I doubt if there are many of those around these days?

    He also asked about the price or water per unit. I know that some water charges are fixed, whereas some are billed, but once again, I have no idea on the various unit or fixed charges for greater Bkk. Advertisers to drop figures into their Roomfinder ads, but to be honest they're quite often all over the place and I sometimes wonder if they just type any ole numbers as these are compulsory fields.

    My monthly bill for water never exceeds 120 Baht, but then I'm billed direct from the grid. My electricity is also billed direct and I would estimate a monthly average of 650 Baht year round. Not bad when you consider I sleep with the air on for around 7 months of the year.

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    Re: Water & Electricity Charges in Bangkok?

    Interesting.

    Here's what I've experienced in the Big Mango, having lived in many accommodations. Apartments in Saphan Kwai, Samsen, Huay Kwang, Sukhumvit Soi 10, and On Nut. I've also lived in a shophouse near Sathorn, and now in a Townhouse near Sathorn.

    Electricity in apartments tends to be between 5 and 8 baht/unit
    Electricity in shophouses or townhouses is at between 3 and 4 bath/unit
    My water bills have always run at about 500 bt/month regardless of where I've lived.
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    Re: Water & Electricity Charges in Bangkok?

    I don't know about apartment charges, as my bills come directly from the government. At the moment, they are actually free because of the government subsidy. Because of that, I am unsure about electric. I pulled my water bill out of the mailbox just today. It is all in Thai, so I don't have a clue. I just like the balance due at the bottom being 0.00. If it weren't subsidized, my bill would have been 82.28.
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    Re: Water & Electricity Charges in Bangkok?

    If you rent in Bkk, the charge is 6-7 Baht. If you 'own' your home, it's 3 baht.

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    Re: Water & Electricity Charges in Bangkok?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hamster View Post
    My water bills have always run at about 500 bt/month regardless of where I've lived.
    I live in a 2-bedroom condo in the western suburbs and the water bill is less than 100 baht per month. I take long showers and am not conservative about the water.

    Where I get hit is the electric bill at maybe 1,500 baht on average. You can get that way down if you lay off on the aircon.
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    Re: Water & Electricity Charges in Bangkok?

    There are indeed some fluctuations here. I was surprised to read Hamster's post about starting prices for electricity being as low as 5 Baht. As I say, the 8 Bhat charge seems to be the norm up here in CM now.

    Btw, my cheapest electricity bill so far this year was just a little over 100 Baht. Apparently, i'd kept my consumption under a certain amount of units for the month, and so the government paid half the bill as a thank you. Go figure!

    Water is sooooo cheap. A mate of mine filled his private pool up earlier this year. It took 2 days to fill and the cost was just 400 Baht. My water bill rarely exceeds 120 Baht/Mo. When I lived in Soi Ekamai a few years back, the apartment owner tried to charge me fixed cost for water of 1,000 Baht/Mo. I complained bitterly and surprisingly he dropped the water charge altogether and my bills were 0.00 for the 12 months that I stayed there. And to think I had 5 bathrooms and a washing machine too!

    Thanks for the replies so far, it's been quite an eye opener.

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    Re: Water & Electricity Charges in Bangkok?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aitch View Post
    the current price of electricity (forgive the pun!),
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    I reckon our 500/month water bill is due to three reasons: (1) We have frequent houseguests. The washing machine runs at least once a day, sometimes 3 or 4 times. (2) The wife likes to wash the truck once a week. (3) My wife's orchid collection gets plenty of water daily. Oh well. Five hundred baht is peanuts compared to water prices in the states.

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    Big lawn, two cars washed often, 5 people showering twice a day and a shit load of orchids and other flowers equals over a grand a month in water. Electricity runs about 2500 a month running 2 airconditioners all night. plus a lot of electrical gear around the house. Still not to bad all in all.
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    Re: Water & Electricity Charges in Bangkok?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lor Ling View Post
    D'oh! Yook me three reads to get the pun.
    One might also add that the current price of electricity is shocking! Ha ha lol

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    1 bed apartment in Bang Kae. Water last month was 54 baht, electricity was 414 baht. Rarely use the aircon.
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    funny when I lived alone in an apartment I used very little air as well. Not being cheap but a lot of the older apartments are built to stay cool. I loved mine. But with kids and a yard you gotta pay. Its a better deal than back in the states thats for sure.

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    We pay about 1k per month for electricity, aircon on about 8 hours every night. The Thai government pays our water bill, something to do with living in a house or something.
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    Here in the US we dont pay for water. My electric bill is between 80-150 dollars a month depending on dehumidifiers and sewing machine. to heat the house/water fuel oil is expensive runs 1.97 up to 4.50 depending on whats going on and what company you use. last time i filled up (265 gallons) it was 1.97. Thats the shit that gets me.
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    Water & Electricity Charges in Bangkok?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aquaman View Post
    Here in the US we dont pay for water. My electric bill is between 80-150 dollars a month depending on dehumidifiers and sewing machine. to heat the house/water fuel oil is expensive runs 1.97 up to 4.50 depending on whats going on and what company you use. last time i filled up (265 gallons) it was 1.97. Thats the shit that gets me.
    Ha ha lol Thanks for the tangent!

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