Utilities in Malta

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Malta Expats | Utilities in Malta

 

There are different utilities in Malta and the pricing depends on whether you are classed as a “Domestic”, “Residential” or “Non-Residential”. Domestic rates are the cheapest, but many expats have discovered that they are paying “residential” rates, which are higher. In order to qualify for “Domestic” i.e. preferential rates, you need a certificate of residence, proof that you pay tax and to be able to show that you use this address as your primary (i.e. only) residence. If the bill goes to your landlord and is in their name, you may be paying the more expensive “Residential” rate.

 

Malta Electricity

Malta Expats | Utilities in Malta
Utilities in Malta

The Electricity cost for the home is becoming a hot topic among the expatriate community nowadays. There has been complaints from the consumers that were even escalated up to the EU Parliament.

Your electricity consumption is measured in kilo watt hours (kWh). One kilo watt hour is the amount of electrical energy consumed when switching on electrical equipment rated at 1,000 watts for one hour. In your bill, one kilo watt hour is represented as one unit.

 

Your electricity consumption is measured through the electricity meters installed in your property. We measure electricity consumption through smart meters that are capable of transmitting your electricity consumption data to us remotely. Smart meters also provide you with additional information, including daily consumption readings, at the press of a button, to help you monitor and control of your energy use. In some cases, ARMS might still need to send its meter reader to take note of your smart meter readings for billing purposes.

Three main tariff structures are currently applicable:

 

Malta Expats | Utilities in Malta
Utilities in Malta

Water

Water and electricity are managed by the local authority EneMalta. First of all, it is important to note that as an Expatriate you pay a different rate, so if you run into a landlord who has the bill set-up on his name, go along and just make sure that you get to see the bills and, ideally, pay them yourself.

Water supply in Malta has two important characteristics: First of all, the water tanks on the roofs are working as there is no pressured water-supply – our water-pressure is dependent on gravity, anything else needs to be enhance by a pump. Secondly, the water coming from the mains is not drinking water, as purifying is done via chemicals. Never drink it, use it for washing and showering and if you are concerned about this, install a reverse-osmosis filter. On top of this, you need to remember that water is scarce on this rocky island: Use it sparingly.

 

Malta Expats | Utilities in Malta
Utilities in Malta

Gas

There isn’t any piped gas in Malta and domestic gas is delivered in bottles on a weekly basis. These are generally in 10kg and 12kg sizes, and these cost €14.5 and €20. The domestic supply is usually an LPG mix.
You can calculate your own bill per Residential/Domestic or Nonresidential tariff on the following link.

This is a free service that can compute, and explain, your ARMS Ltd utility bills. The calculator can compute Residential and Commercial schemes of billing, as well as Photo-Voltaics.

http://www.mybill.com.mt/