Paying for electricity, heating and water

Paying for electricity

In most places you pay for electricity on account directly to the electricity company. You pay a fixed sum every month or every quarter. How much you have to pay is fixed on the basis of electricity used the previous year. If consumption or prices increase, the sum paid on account may be raised at a month's notice.

Electricity consumption is settled once a year. The electricity meters in the home are read in order to see how much electricity has been used.

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The electricity company sends a card in the mail which you have to fill out and return to the electricity company. It is important that it is returned. If the card is not returned, the electricity company will estimate how much electricity you have used, or the housing organization will arrange for the electricity meters to be read.

If you have used less electricity than you have paid for, you will get money back. If you have used more, you will have to pay extra.

Paying for heating

In most places you pay for heating on account. You pay a fixed sum every month. How much you have to pay is fixed on the basis of heating used the previous year. If consumption or prices increase, the sum paid on account may be raised at a month's notice. Normally a meter service firm reads the heating meter in the home once a year. An account of consumption of heating in your apartment is sent to you, and money is paid back or you have to pay extra in relation to the sum paid on account.

Paying for water

If there is no water meter in the individual home, consumption of water is included in the rent. If the individual home has a water meter this is read once a year. How much you have to pay is determined on the basis of the quantity of water used the previous year. Consumption of water is paid on account. You pay a fixed sum every month or every quarter. If consumption or prices increase, the sum paid on account may be raised at a month's notice.