Utilities in Oslo
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Most rentals will already have gas, electricity and water connected and working. However, expats may need to transfer the accounts to their name while responsible for the rental.
Whether utilities are included in the rent or not is determined by the rental agreement, but most rentals come with kitchen appliances.
Expats are free to change utility providers. There are online services to help determine the best electricity provider, such as the Competition Authority's website. Another is an electricity calculator.
Electricity in Oslo
Electricity will most likely be set up when an expat moves in, with a particular supplier who will bill for what is used. A tenant can change providers if they wish, but either way will need to transfer the account to their own name.
The tenant will have to pay a quarterly bill for electricity, which may come as a shock after a cold winter. Payment can be set up automatically with an expat's bank, or else they will get an invoice in the mail.
Water in Oslo
Tap water in Oslo comes from melting snow in the surrounding hills and gets into Oslo via a network of streams running into Oslo’s water reservoirs. The quality is very good by global standards and it is perfectly safe to drink. Like electricity, the water will most likely be already set up upon moving in and an expat will just need to transfer the account into their name.
Refuse collection in Oslo
The city of Oslo has an integrated waste management system which aims to drastically reduce pollution. Only a small fraction of household waste goes to landfill, and the rest is reused, recycled, or used to generate energy at two plants managed by the Agency for Waste Management (Renovasjonsetaten).
An expat will need to separate their waste into different coloured bags and place these bags into the demarcated bins provided by the city. The second bin is labelled papir (paper) and is for cardboard and paper. The bins will be emptied by the Agency for Waste Management. Any waste that doesn’t fit into these categories or which is too big for the bags or bins should be delivered to a recycling station.