The good thing about Panama is that almost everything is like in the States in terms of material things. For instance, electric equipment has the same voltage. I remember travelling to many places in the world and having to bring special plugs with me, but you don’t have to do that in Panama. The voltage is the same, so it’s easy to bring anything that you may want to and just plug it in.
The only thing that you will find is that the cost of electricity is not that much cheaper than in the US and in fact, running my air conditioning in a large condo that I was in cost me a lot of money-- over US $200 a month. I was told not to run the air conditioning in your bedroom at night because if the ceiling is too high, and the room is too big, so will be the cost. So my lesson there was try to live in a smaller apartment or a bedroom that doesn’t have 12-foot high ceilings and to see where the sun penetrates the strongest by day, and avoid renting or buying an overly sunlit apt. It’s just too darn hot.
(Condo bedroom with standard ceiling, Coronado, Panama, pictured.)