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Posted: Wednesday, July 14, 2021. 5:33 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: In these tough times, electricity is one more thing Belizeans need but often can’t afford to pay for, so we expect not many were disappointed to not see their light bills come this month.

But not to worry, as you may see a decrease in the amount you pay.

The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has approved a reduction in electricity rates for the next six months, from 40.18 cents per kilowatt hour to 39.99 cents per kilowatt hour.

The decrease was announced in May and came into effect on July 1.

Power provider Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) has advised customers that “necessary adjustments on electricity bills are being conducted to reflect the approved, reduced electricity rates.”

Therefore, says the company, “release of electronic bills for July will commence on Monday, July 19.”

This time last year, many Belizeans complained that their bills were too high despite using the same or similar amounts of electricity, but the company said that bills are normally higher at this time of year due to the heavier amount of electricity consumed by fans, air conditioning and so on, and especially so last year due to many staying home due to COVID-19.

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