The electric current in Taiwan is 110V, 60 HZ. Air conditioners operate on 220/240V, 60 Hz. Wall sockets are made for American two-pin flat plugs. Screw-base light bulbs are used. If you are coming to Taiwan from Australia, Europe, New Zealand or other countries using 220/240V, 50Hz frequency, not all of your appliances will be suitable for use in Taiwan. You should carefully check the details given on the label or plate of each appliance.
It is not common to have the utility expense included in the rent in Taiwan. You are likely to have to pay your own when the bills arrive. Typically, monthly utilities bills for a three-person household are:
• Gas: NTD 500 – 600 (Euro 14 – 17, USD 15 – 19)
• Electricity: NTD 1,000 – 1,300 (Euro 28 – 36, USD 31 – 40) depending whether air-conditioning is used. It’s much higher during the summer months with average cost from NTD 5,000 (Euro 138, USD 155) and up.
• Water: NTD 400 – 500 (Euro 11 – 14, USD 12 – 15)
However, if the apartment has common shared area such as elevators, amenities, the utility of all the common areas will be shared among all tenants. These will be in the form of a Management Fee and is payable to each building’s management committee.
Electricity bills are sent out every two months. Gas, gas, and water bills are sent out every month. They can be paid at convenient stores, banks or the post office. Or you can opt to arrange payment of bills via direct debit through a local banking account.