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Utilities in Turkey

At the beginning of migrating to Turkey and after buying or renting a house, one of the concerns of immigrants is utilities. According to Turkish law, even if the house is rented, the tenant is obliged to register the building splits in his name as soon as possible. For this reason, we dedicate this article to utilities in Turkey so that loved ones who intend to immigrate to Turkey become more familiar with this subject.

Electricity

In Turkey, electricity has its own exclusive distributor in each province. Of course, electricity generation is the responsibility of the government. Most electricity is generated through natural gas. Of course, there are power plants that generate electricity through diesel and coal. The use of solar generators, wind turbines as well as the nuclear method is also common.

After renting a house, you should go to the Power Department and register the power meter in your own name. To do this, you must give a deposit to the Power Department. The deposit amount is about 280 Turkish lira. of course, you can get your money back when you transfer the power meter to someone else.

Power costs in terms of kilowatt-hours consumed. The new power meters are all three-stroke; In this way, between 6 to 17 hours is normal consumption, between 17 to 22 hours is the peak consumption and between 22 to 6 hours is the drop in consumption. Obviously, the cost per kilowatt-hour of power consumed is more expensive during peak hours and cheaper during peak hours. Electric bills are issued and paid in periods of approximately one month.

Water

Tap water covers almost all parts of Turkey. Tap water is good for drinking, but sometimes it has an unpleasant taste, which is why Turkish people prefer to use purified water or mineral water for drinking. This type of water is available in almost all supermarkets, there are even shops called water shops that sell 19-liter bottles of drinking water and deliver water to your place with a free service with one phone call. These types of shops exist in almost all parts of Turkey.

After renting a house, you should go to the Water and Sewage Organization and register the water meter in your name. To do this, you must give a deposit to the Water and Sewage Organization. The deposit amount is about 195 Turkish lira. of course, you can get your money back when you transfer the water meter to someone else.

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The cost of water is in terms of cubic meters consumed. The cost of sewage is also included in this amount, too. Water bills are issued and paid in periods of approximately one month.

Natural Gas

In Turkey, natural gas is available in all provinces and is piped to most homes. Of course, in some tropical areas (South and West) and some deprived areas (South and East), there is no pipeline gas. People in these areas use gas cylinders instead of piped gas. These cylinders can be purchased from supermarkets and specialty shops. The price of a 12 kg cylinder with the ability to refill is approximately 105 lira.

After renting a house, you should go to the Gas Department and register the gas meter in your name. To do this, you must give a deposit to the Gas Department. The deposit amount is about 700 Turkish lira. of course, you can get your money back when you transfer the gas meter to someone else.

The cost of gas is in terms of cubic meters consumed and the price varies slightly between provinces. Gas bills are issued and paid in periods of approximately one month.

Telephone

The mother company for the telephone service is Turk Telekom, but other companies also provide telephone services under license and using Turk Telekom infrastructure. Of course, due to the spread of mobile phones, many immigrants use mobile phones instead of landlines. Here are some of Turkey’s emergency contact numbers to keep in mind before immigrating to Turkey:

Fire Stations: 110

Emergency: 112

Police: 155

Corona Consultation: 184

Water Services: 185

Electric Services: 186

Gas Services: 187

Note that you can call these numbers without code with any phone in Turkey, whether landline or mobile.

Mobile

There are many mobile operators in Turkey, including three main operators: Turkcell, Vodafone, and Turk Telekom. These operators cover almost 90% of the mobile phone audience, the largest of which is Turkcell about 40%, followed by Vodafone about 38%, and then Turk Telekom about 12%. Mobile operators offer various plans and packages for their customers, both postpaid line and prepaid line customers.

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Of course, you can also use the SIM card of your country of origin without buying a Turkish line, but after a while, you will probably realize that the cost of roaming your country line is more than the cost of a Turkish SIM card and you will inevitably buy a Turkish line. If you are planning to immigrate to Turkey temporarily or permanently, we recommend that you first buy a Turkish SIM so that you do not have communication problems.

Public Phone

Today, the number of public telephone booths has decreased. As the number of mobile phone users increases, the number of public telephone booths decreases. To use public telephones, you need to get a phonecard, which can be found in various stores, especially telephone service providers. If you do not find a public telephone booth near you, you can ask shops such as bars and cafes to provide their telephone, and they usually do so willingly. Of course, you are expected to pay them a small amount or at least buy something from them.

Internet

In Turkey, the Internet can be provided both by landline and mobile phone. Today, due to the increase in mobile phone users, mobile internet users have also increased. Due to the fact that Turkish immigrants use mobile phones more, using mobile internet is more common among them. In Turkey, there are various internet packages, including packages with limited and unlimited downloads that provide the needs of customers. There are currently companies in Turkey that offer high-speed internet at a speed of 1000 Mbps.

Garbage Collection

Garbage collection is done everywhere in Turkey and its cost is calculated and received with municipal taxes. This is a small part of the property tax that must be paid annually to the municipality. Garbage collection time depends on the municipality, which can be daily, weekly, or between the two. Some of the collected waste is recycled and the rest is buried in the ground. As Turkey seeks to join the European Union, it is moving closer to European standards in various fields, including waste recycling.

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