Survey about utility bills

This forum is to learn about foreign cultures and habits, because language skills are not everything you need as a world citizen...

Moderator: Forum Administrators

Linguaphile
Posts: 3082
Joined: 2016-09-17, 5:06

Survey about utility bills

Postby Linguaphile » 2020-09-30, 23:13

Just curious! Those of you who are homeowners or renters, what utilities/services do you pay for monthly? (Not including things like the cost of your actual house/apartment, food, or payments associated with transportation.)

For me, it's the following:
  • Water
  • Natural gas [for me this is the source of my heating and hot water]
  • Electricity [for me this is the source of my cooking appliances]
  • Garbage collection

I consider the above to be things that are pretty much mandatory (everyone pays them, living without them would be difficult). They are also things for which I have only one choice in terms of who I buy them from and how much I pay.
In addition there are the somewhat more voluntary things which are also the things I have more choice over in terms of which company I use and what level of service I want to pay for:
  • Internet
  • Satellite television
  • Landline phone
  • Cell phone

User avatar
TheStrayCat
Language Forum Moderator
Posts: 2628
Joined: 2010-12-23, 11:49
Real Name: Max
Gender: male
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Country: US United States (United States)
Contact:

Re: Survey about utility bills

Postby TheStrayCat » 2020-10-01, 0:44

My water, gas and heating are all included in the rent; out of the essential things you mentioned I only pay for electricity. I also pay for my Internet connection and cell phone plan, that's it.

vijayjohn
Language Forum Moderator
Posts: 24963
Joined: 2013-01-10, 8:49
Real Name: Vijay John
Gender: male
Location: Yuanlin, Changhua County
Country: TW Taiwan (臺灣)
Contact:

Re: Survey about utility bills

Postby vijayjohn » 2020-10-01, 3:05

Just water and electricity

User avatar
Johanna
Language Forum Moderator
Posts: 6622
Joined: 2006-09-17, 18:05
Real Name: Johanna
Gender: female
Location: Lidköping, Westrogothia
Country: SE Sweden (Sverige)

Re: Survey about utility bills

Postby Johanna » 2020-10-07, 18:30

I rent a pretty standard apartment and pay the same stuff most people in my situation do:

  • Rent, which includes:
    • Heat
    • Water
    • Free use of a communal laundry room
    • A basic television package of 18 channels
    • Somewhere to throw your garbage, including a basic station for collecting stuff for recycling
  • Electricity
  • Internet
  • Phone

Most of town has district heating, so that covers keeping my apartment cozy and a supply of hot water that is limitless.

Stove/oven is electric, as are the fridge and freezer, so they're not exactly free to use, but any maintenance is included in my rent.

No need to have cable or satellite television with the stuff included here, and to be honest, there is no need to have an actual TV at all. I didn't have one for about seven years, and the only reason I have one now is because my sister decided to get a new one before her old one stopped working. And I use my Chromecast way more than I use that screen for watching actual TV anyway.

Landline phones have already gone out of style big time here. Even my 82-year-old grandmother doesn't have one anymore, since cellphone plans are way cheaper, and as for families... Why add that cost at all? Kids get their own cellphones as teenagers anyway, and before that they can borrow their parents' to contact their friends.
Last edited by Johanna on 2020-10-09, 15:00, edited 1 time in total.
Swedish (sv) native; English (en) good; Norwegian (no) read fluently, understand well, speak badly; Danish (dk) read fluently, understand badly, can't speak; Faroese (fo) read some, understand a bit, speak a few sentences; German (de) French (fr) Spanish (es) forgetting; heritage language.

User avatar
Gormur
Posts: 8114
Joined: 2005-05-17, 1:11
Real Name: Gormur
Gender: male
Country: CU Cuba (Cuba)
Contact:

Re: Survey about utility bills

Postby Gormur » 2020-10-08, 22:27

  • Electric
  • Internet
  • Phone
*Free water
*Garbage dumpster on-site
*Free repairs

I have to pay to wash my clothes somewhere, but I'll assume that falls into the luxury category so I don't need to add it here :para: :lol:

No need to have cable or satellite television with the stuff included here, and to be honest, there is no need to have an actual TV at all. I didn't have one for about seven years, and the only reason I have one now is because my sister decided to get a new one before her old one stopped working. And I use my Chromecast way more than I use that screen for watching actual TV anyway.

Landline phones have already gone out of style big time here. Even my 82-year-old grandmother doesn't have one anymore, since cellphone plans are way cheaper, and as for families... Why add that cost at all? Kids get their own cellphones as teenagers anyway, and before that they can borrow their parents' to contact their friends.
I like cable but it's gotten expensive so I don't have it anymore. I have Hulu, Netflix and some other stuff that's free. It's not bad but I've almost run out of things to watch, so I'm doing more serious things with my time for the most part :lol: :hmm:

I appreciate a landline since it allows me to phone overseas without accumulating outrageous charges; I had Comcast for my landline before so it was very cheap to call out, and of course free within North America. Unfortunately I don't have that now either, so I'm doing other things
Eigi gegnir þat at segja at bók nøkkur er hreinferðug eðr ønnur spelluð því at vandliga ok dáliga eru bœkr ritnar ok annat kunnum vér eigi um þœr at dœma

User avatar
Johanna
Language Forum Moderator
Posts: 6622
Joined: 2006-09-17, 18:05
Real Name: Johanna
Gender: female
Location: Lidköping, Westrogothia
Country: SE Sweden (Sverige)

Re: Survey about utility bills

Postby Johanna » 2020-10-09, 15:05

Gormur wrote:I appreciate a landline since it allows me to phone overseas without accumulating outrageous charges; I had Comcast for my landline before so it was very cheap to call out, and of course free within North America. Unfortunately I don't have that now either, so I'm doing other things

Mobile plans are actually cheaper than landlines in that regard these days. A lot so even.
Swedish (sv) native; English (en) good; Norwegian (no) read fluently, understand well, speak badly; Danish (dk) read fluently, understand badly, can't speak; Faroese (fo) read some, understand a bit, speak a few sentences; German (de) French (fr) Spanish (es) forgetting; heritage language.

User avatar
Gormur
Posts: 8114
Joined: 2005-05-17, 1:11
Real Name: Gormur
Gender: male
Country: CU Cuba (Cuba)
Contact:

Re: Survey about utility bills

Postby Gormur » 2020-10-10, 1:53

Johanna wrote:
Gormur wrote:I appreciate a landline since it allows me to phone overseas without accumulating outrageous charges; I had Comcast for my landline before so it was very cheap to call out, and of course free within North America. Unfortunately I don't have that now either, so I'm doing other things

Mobile plans are actually cheaper than landlines in that regard these days. A lot so even.
Not over here. It's like $1 per minute to call overseas on a cellphone, unless it's just my plan. It only makes sense to use a pre-paid phone card but then Comcast is still cheaper :hmm:
Eigi gegnir þat at segja at bók nøkkur er hreinferðug eðr ønnur spelluð því at vandliga ok dáliga eru bœkr ritnar ok annat kunnum vér eigi um þœr at dœma

User avatar
Multiturquoise
Language Forum Moderator
Posts: 4032
Joined: 2011-10-10, 17:12
Gender: male
Location: İstanbul
Country: TR Turkey (Türkiye)

Re: Survey about utility bills

Postby Multiturquoise » 2020-10-13, 21:56

In my family's house in Istanbul ((tr-TR))

[*] Water (İSKİ)
[*] Natural gas (İGDAŞ)
[*] Electricity (AYEDAŞ)
[*] Internet (Turkcell Superonline)
[*] Mobile phone (Vodafone)
[*] Satellite television (D-Smart)
[*] Landline phone (Türk Telekom)

The first five are essential to me.

We have no garbage collection at our apartment, therefore we throw all our garbage ourselves. We also pay monthly dues here.

We have a landline phone subscription but we hardly ever use it to make calls.

I use Spotify to listen to music and I'm a Spotify Premium subscriber. I've had a Netflix subscription before but I used it to watch only one or two episodes of different series and my family all used the same account, but it eventually got cancelled because of a payment failure.

I turn on the TV only to watch news from English-language channels like Al-Jazeera, CNN International, BBC World News and TRT World.


Return to “Culture”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest