SETTING UP HOME DUTCH REGULATIONS MAKE IT EASY FOR RESIDENTS TO CHOOSE AND CHANGE SUPPLIERS
• Essent: www.essent.nl • Greenchoice: www.greenchoice.nl • Nederlandse Energie Maatschappij: www.nle.nl • Vattenfall www.vattenfall.nl • Oxxio: www.oxxio.nl
• If you are paying an inclusive rent, check your contract carefully for what is covered in the monthly sum. • In many cases, the utilities (gas, water and electricity) will already be connected to your home and you just need to transfer them into your name. • You can connect all your utilities online at www.mijnaansluiting.nl (in Dutch), or www.utility-provider.nl offers a free service to connect expats with the best deal (in English).
COMMUNICATIONS There is a huge range of options from many suppliers with combination deals for telephone (bellen), internet (surfen) and TV, charged under a single monthly fee.
WATER • There are two elements of water payments: a consumption charge based on actual water usage (which is estimated if you don’t have a meter) and a municipal tax for services (sewage, maintenance, etc.). • To see which water company covers your area, visit www.vewin.nl and enter your postcode in the box, or ask at your local gemeente. • Amsterdam: Waternet 0900 9394 • Den Haag/Leiden: Dunea 088 347 4747 • Rotterdam: Evides: 0900 0787 • Utrecht: Vitens 0900 0650 • North Holland: PWN Waterleidingbedrijf 0900 405 0700 ELECTRICITY AND GAS • The energy market is liberalised, so you are able to choose (or change) suppliers. • Energy companies now have “green” options, where energy is bought from alternative sources such as sun, wind, water and biomass. • The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (www.acm.nl) provides a list of gas and electricity suppliers on their website, or you can use their consuWijzer (www.consuwijzer.nl) to compare prices or seek advice. • On www.energievergelijken.nl, you can compare prices in English and connect your services online. MAIN SUPPLIERS: • Budget Energie: www.budgetenergie.nl • Engie Energie: www.engie-energie.nl • Eneco: www.eneco.nl • Energie Direct: www.energiedirect.nl SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR INTERNATIONALS 2021 • THE NETHERLANDS • WWW.EXPATFAIR.NL