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Post by Minervajt on Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:49 am

My CFE bill is due 10/16 and I will not be in Mexico until 10/18, when I can go to Chapala and pay it. I'm wondering if it's likely the service will be discontinued on the day the payment is due, or might there be a bit of a grace period??? Thanks!!

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Post by Trailrunner on Sun Oct 08, 2017 10:03 am

What kind of meter do you  have?
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Post by Minervajt on Sun Oct 08, 2017 10:29 am

I don't recall. I think it's a standard meter - not digital.

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Post by Trailrunner on Sun Oct 08, 2017 10:34 am

I think you'll probably be ok. If you had a digital meter they will cut service soon as a payment is missed.
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Post by CanuckBob on Sun Oct 08, 2017 11:22 am

With a standard meter the billing is every 2 months. The next billing cycle is for September/October and due mid-November.

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Post by Minervajt on Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:35 pm

My bill is for August and September, due Oct. 16. I print it out from the CFE website, but of course, can't pay online. I had hoped to arrive before then.

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Post by CanuckBob on Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:49 pm

Oh sorry......I didn't realize people could have different billing cycles.

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Post by Trailrunner on Sun Oct 08, 2017 1:15 pm

Do you have a friend that can go pay it for you?
 If not, I still think you'll be fine for a couple days if you pay it asap upon your arrival.
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Post by slainte39 on Sun Oct 08, 2017 2:18 pm

You should be OK for at least 2 to 3 weeks, but I wouldn't gamble much on anything after the 1st of the month (noviembre).
Being Mexico, there isn't any guarantee, just my knowledge of how it was in the past.

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Post by RVGRINGO on Sun Oct 08, 2017 4:23 pm

Nobody knows grace.

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Post by cypress on Sun Oct 08, 2017 5:54 pm

I would bet it paid earlier somehow.

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Post by Marrell on Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:30 pm

CanuckBob wrote:With a standard meter the billing is every 2 months. The next billing cycle is for September/October and due mid-November.

I'm nearby in the village with a standard meter. Last year CFE changed my billing to monthly. This about the same time that many solar
folks were changed to billing every two months. I was told that eventually all non solar accounts would be changed to monthly and they
had started with some in Ajijic and also a few neighborhoods in Chapala.

I sure wouldn't count on a 2-3 week grace period for paying your bill. A few years ago when Banamex neglected to pay CFE, the crew was quickly
out to remove the meter. Luckily I saw them in the process and they held off and I immediately paid the bill.
I now pay my own as CFE is none too speedy to reconnect.

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Post by CanuckBob on Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:49 pm

I heard they were changing to monthly 3 years ago............

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Post by WillieRae on Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:00 am

Pay in advance...no worries then.

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Post by Minervajt on Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:14 am

Good suggestion.

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Post by viejito on Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:57 pm

If it should be cut off. they will have come and removed your meter. Have your gardener or someone he knows throw some wires up and get reconnected. Don't go and pay right away as they will charge a reconnect fee. Make sure you get a few hundred pesos worth of juice before paying up. Has worked like a charm for us twice in the past. When in Rome........

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Post by Trailrunner on Mon Oct 09, 2017 6:05 pm

And put a cage around it.
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Post by Minervajt on Fri Oct 20, 2017 5:37 pm

Good news. I was two days late, but the service was not cut off. Probably won't do that again.

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Post by MexicoPete on Fri Oct 20, 2017 6:20 pm

I heard that some people had been cut off after two or three days. Glad it worked out for you. I have known snowbirds who would pay in advance making sure that they overestimated the amount that they would owe. It usually worked out quite well. When not, they would learn about it when the bill was sent out on line and would then have to make other arrangements or be cut off.
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Post by simpsca on Sun Oct 22, 2017 10:20 am

CanuckBob wrote:I heard they were changing to monthly 3 years ago............

I was changed to monthly a year ago. Just recently I was back at every other month. One meter is digital and one is the regular type. I always prepay my electric if I'm going to be away. There is a way to pay your electric with a company called "Simple Pay" and use a US or Canadian credit card on line by putting your billing info for CFE in the account.
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Post by CanuckBob on Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:32 am

Well it would appear that there is no rhyme or reason as to how CFE bills their customers. Some are monthly, some are bi-monthly, some have digital meters, some have standard meters, etc., etc..........

I have a standard meter and have been paying bimonthly for the past 6 years.

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Post by dcampbell757 on Sun Oct 22, 2017 12:43 pm

We have been on a one month billing cycle for over a year. After not receiving a bill for 6 weeks we checked with CFE Chapala. They have put us back on a 2 month billing cycle. No reason given.

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Post by Minervajt on Sun Oct 22, 2017 1:20 pm

I'm intrigued by the "Simple Pay" system. Has anyone been using it?

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Post by WillieRae on Sun Oct 22, 2017 3:29 pm

Yep, we too were changed over to a big-monthly billing. Found out by going to CFE.....

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Post by Canmex 87 on Sun Oct 22, 2017 3:49 pm

My understanding is that if you are solar you are billed every 2 months, otherwise you are billed monthly.

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