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Utilities

Electricity

Estonia has an open electricity market, which means that you will be able to choose the cheapest supplier. The price is set by a combination of the exchange price, your electricity consumption and competition. There is also a network service fee added to your bill. The network service is the transmission of electricity over power lines to your place of consumption. The cost of the fee is controlled by the authorities and set for three years. VAT is added to the electricity prices.

If you rent a house or an apartment, you can sign a contract with a service provider or agree with the landlord about electricity payments in case the service contract remains under the landlord’s name. If you buy a house or an apartment, you should choose the most suitable electricity package and sign a contract with the service provider.

Energiaturg.ee price comparison platform will help you choose the best price.

The standard electricity supply in Estonia is 220 volts and 50 Hz, and the plugs are the continental European two-pin type.

 

Natural gas

The natural gas supply in Estonia is provided by a single supplier: Eesti Gaas. If you rent a house or an apartment that uses gas for heating, the owner has a gas purchase contract and you have to agree with the owner about gas payments. In order to sign an individual service contract with Eesti Gaas, you will need a copy of the lease agreement or proof of ownership.

 

Water

Every residence is usually registered with the local water and sewage company serving their district, in order to receive service. Each address has a single supplier. As with all meters, when you move into your new home, the water meter will be read and the reading set as the primary reading of your service contract. If your residence is located in an apartment building, the water and sewage service is arranged by the cooperative housing association or the real estate management company. If you rent a house, you need to sign a contract with a service provider or agree with the landlord about the water payments in case the service contract remains under the landlord’s name.

 

Recycling

Most residential buildings have a selection of different waste containers: general waste, paper/cardboard and biodegradable waste.

Recyclable, sorted waste can be taken to public containers: green containers for glass, blue containers for paper, yellow containers for mixed packages (plastic, metal), red containers for clothes.

There are public containers for free disposal of packaging waste all over Estonia, including around 450 in Tallinn.

When you buy bottled or canned drinks, in most cases you will pay a small deposit that is refundable when you return the empty bottles or cans to the return vending machines, located in most stores. You will receive a receipt that you can use to pay for your purchase or exchange for cash in the grocery store. Hazardous waste (electronics, tires, batteries, etc.) can be taken to a waste transfer station.