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Household bills

Posted: Wed Dec 14, 2022 12:50pm
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Stem

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Hi all , I have looked at that many YouTube videos plus reading lots in forums and everyone tells you something different about living cost in Spain , so I’m wondering is there any folk who just lives in maybe a 2 bedroom house or apartment with maybe air con in one room or do not us air on much , could they tell me what there bills are like for the house .

We live in the uk for now and most probably you know that the utility bills are just going up and up until you just cannot afford to use them and being retired I’m on a limited income ,

Sunnyspain

Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2022 7:27am

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Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2022 7:27am

Hi I live in a 2 bedroom house. Im on the same rate 24/7 with iberdrola. I do washing no more than twice a week. I bought a new eco washing machine. We have a log burner and gas for water. I rarely use the oven and hob and use air fryer alot. I have solar lights outside. We have an electric blanket which is a game changer and costs cents to run. I switched off my 2nd freezer and hot tub in October and my November bill was €48. October bill was 60 odd. We don't have the gas levy charge added to our bill. I budgeted for 100 a month and my highest this year has been 88 when the builders were in for 2 weeks using electric power tools.

We havent put the air con on this year and used fans as they are cheaper to run. Make sure lights are led.

My bimonthly water bills are always about 48. Gas bottle for hot water lasts a good 4 months and we paid 18 to re fill last one.

We pay 30 a month for cable Internet.

Hope that helps.

Stem

Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2022 8:27am

Stem

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Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2022 8:27am

Sunnyspain wrote on Thu Dec 15, 2022 7:27am:

Hi I live in a 2 bedroom house. Im on the same rate 24/7 with iberdrola. I do washing no more than twice a week. I bought a new eco washing machine. We have a log burner and gas for water. I rarely use the oven and hob and use air fryer alot. I have solar lights outside. We have an electric blank...

...et which is a game changer and costs cents to run. I switched off my 2nd freezer and hot tub in October and my November bill was €48. October bill was 60 odd. We don't have the gas levy charge added to our bill. I budgeted for 100 a month and my highest this year has been 88 when the builders were in for 2 weeks using electric power tools.

We havent put the air con on this year and used fans as they are cheaper to run. Make sure lights are led.

My bimonthly water bills are always about 48. Gas bottle for hot water lasts a good 4 months and we paid 18 to re fill last one.

We pay 30 a month for cable Internet.

Hope that helps.

Thank you so much for your detailed reply , this has helped me with my future plans .

Sunnyspain

Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2022 8:36am

Sunnyspain

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Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2022 8:36am

Stem wrote on Thu Dec 15, 2022 8:27am:

Thank you so much for your detailed reply , this has helped me with my future plans .

You are welcome. Good luck. 

Our biggest outlay is private healthcare. 

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Stem

Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2022 8:49am

Stem

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Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2022 8:49am

Sunnyspain wrote on Thu Dec 15, 2022 8:36am:

You are welcome. Good luck. 

Our biggest outlay is private healthcare. 

Yes health care is my next project , did not realised how much per month this was going to be , but I have read after your first year of living in Spain and becoming a resident you are allowed to join the Spanish national health .

Sunnyspain

Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2022 9:04am

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Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2022 9:04am

Stem wrote on Thu Dec 15, 2022 8:49am:

Yes health care is my next project , did not realised how much per month this was going to be , but I have read after your first year of living in Spain and becoming a resident you are allowed to join the Spanish national health .

We are not on state pension so do not get state healthcare.

We could have joined after our 1st year at a monthly cost of €60 a month. Between ages of 65 to 67 it increases to €157 each a month! 

We decided to stick with Asssa who have been great. My husband has had various doctor appointments scans contrasts etc this year. We can normally get a doctors appointment within days and hospital appointments within a week. It costs us about €15 each extra a month and includes travel insurance. 

Despite lots of hospital appointments this year our renewal for next month has increased by just 40 each annually. 

I assume you know about the non lucrative visa to live here?

If you are drawing state pension I have read you can use the S1 so you don't need an annual policy to apply.

Chicojohn1

Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2022 4:41pm

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Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2022 4:41pm

Sunnyspain wrote on Thu Dec 15, 2022 9:04am:

We are not on state pension so do not get state healthcare.

We could have joined after our 1st year at a monthly cost of €60 a month. Between ages of 65 to 67 it increases to €157 each a month! 

We decided to stick with Asssa who have been great. My husband has had various doctor appointments scans contrasts etc this year. We can normally get a doctors appointment within days and hospital appointments within a week. It costs us about €15 each extra a month and includes travel insurance. 

Despite lots of hospital appointments this year our renewal for next month has increased by just 40 each annually. 

I assume you know about the non lucrative visa to live here?

If you are drawing state pension I have read you can use the S1 so you don't need an annual policy to apply.

My wife can apply for her s1 in Jan from UK,what do you have to do then she already has a social security number 

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