Utilities (gas, water, electricity, refuse) in Oslo

Most rentals will already have gas, electricity and water connected and working. However, you may need to transfer the accounts to your own name.

Whether utilities are included in the rent or not is determined by the rental agreement. Make sure you know what is included. 

Most rentals will come with kitchen appliances, but perhaps not those you are used to. Clothes driers are becoming more common, but are not a given. If you own a TV, you will have to pay a licence fee every year.

You are free to change utilities providers. There are online services to help you determine the best electricity provider for you, such as the Competition Authority's website. Another is an electricity calculator. 

Electricity in Oslo

Electricity will most likely be set up when you move in, with a particular supplier who will bill you for whatever you use. You can change providers if you wish, but either way will need to transfer the account to your own name. The Competition Authority has a list of providers and prices on their website.

You 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 your bank, or else you will get an invoice in the mail. You can pay your bills at post offices and some stores.

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. The water will most likely be already set up when you move in, although you will need to transfer the account to your own 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).
You will need to separate your waste into different coloured bags (blue for plastic, green for organic waste, white for everything else) and place these bags into one of the two 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 yourself.

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