Kuala Lumpur does not currently have a reliable gas pipe system, but the Peninsular Gas Utilization Project is working on a campaign to change that in the future. KL City Hall also encourages new buildings to include gas pipes in their design. Piped gas supplied by Gas Malaysia is available in Kuala Lumpur and a few other towns in peninsular Malaysia.
If there is piped gas to your home, there is a 35RM connection fee and 60RM deposit with quarterly bills that rarely exceed 20RM per quarter.
However, propane is the norm in Malaysia. Ovens and stoves are generally run on bottled gas (propane), which can be purchased from sellers in residential areas. If there isn't an empty cylinder under your kitchen counter or near it when you move in, ask your management office the nearest place to purchase. Depending on how much you cook, the propane cylinder lasts between five and six months.
Deposit prices range between 20RM-30RM and to refill each container is 30RM.
The main supplier in Malaysia is Telaga Nasional Berhad. Sabah is distributed by Sabah Electricity; and Sarawak by Syarikat Sesco.
Malaysia's electric systems run at 220-240 Volts, and the electric sockets in use are the British BS-1363. Sometimes appliances come with two-pin plugs, but adapters are readily avalable.
Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) is the only electric provider in Kuala Lumpur. You can apply for electrical service here.
Electricity bills can be very high, especially if you frequently use air conditioning. Minimize your bills by keeping air-conditioning units maintained and switching them off when you're not in the room. Ceiling fans are extremely popular because of their effectiveness and low cost.
Rates for electricity depend upon your usage. It starts at RM .21 per kiloWatt up to RM .45 per kiloWatt. Expect to pay between RM 70-100 per month on electricity if you are mindful of use.
Electricity bills can be paid at a post office or in the office of the electricity supplier. Bills are payable within thirty days from the date of the bill. Penalties and charges will be applied to late payments.
Bills are in Malay, but the key terms are highlighted below:
The account usually remains in the landlord's name although the tenant pays the bills. Check the Tenaga Nasional website for specific inquires.
Tap water is safe to drink in major towns or cities, however some people - mostly in smaller towns or villages- have a habit of boiling drinking water first. Mineral or bottled water is available everywhere. There is also the option of installing a filter for the household water supply.
The following details are required to open an account:
If there is a planned disruption to your water supply, which happens more often than not, you will usually be notified by letter. However, call 1-800-88-5252 if there are any problems in and around your home.
Water utilities in Malaysia are managed by individual state water authorities. Water is KL is provided by Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (SYABAS), located in Jalan Pantai Baharu.
Customers are charged for water usage, and billed either direct from the water company or by the management of your apartment complex.
Water prices range from RM .57 to RM 2 per cubic meter, depending on usage. Water bills are usually under RM50 per month.
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