Bahamas Utilities and Living Costs
The Bahamas offers telecom, cable television services, broadband internet, and all of the basic utilities expected of any modern Western country.
Cable Television and Internet
Cable Bahamas is the largest local supplier of television and internet services in the Bahamas offering reliable broadband services and television packages comparable to those offered in North America (with US and Canadian based programming). DirectTV and other satellite television providers are also an option for receiving programming.
Cost for Digital Cable Television (Cable Bahamas) = Approx. $45-$50/month
Broadband Internet Access (Cable Bahamas) = Approx. $40/month
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Local telephone services, until recently dominated by the government-run BTC (Bahamas Telecommunications Company) shows promise of improvement and likely cost reductions for international calling under the guidance of global telecom service provider Cable and Wireless (UK).
Home Telephone Costs (BTC): residential basic rental rate = $16.50/month
Residential waste collection is handled by the government with most areas being visited once per week by garbage collection trucks. While facilities do exist, recycling on the islands is in the infancy stage.
Electricity on most of the islands is provided by the government operated Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC). BEC produces electricity on 25 islands employing nearly 30 power plants to supply nearly 100,000 customer accounts.
Basic monthly residential electricity rates = Approx.. 11.5 cents per KWH
Water & Sewerage
Residential Water and sewerage services are provided by the Bahamas Water & Sewerage Corporation. To note, many homes have their own cesspits and ground water wells.
Residential Water charges begin with a minimum charge $36 per month.