Sunday, October 25, 2009

Utility Bills - Water, Electricity, Gas and Trash

It is likely that when you move to the U.S. that will have to take care of things at home that you never before had to consider before. Here is a list of tips and tricks to help.

Utilities such as gas, water and electricity often provide by private companies, the city council or the federal government. In many cases, these services are mentioned in your rental contract. Depending on your credit history, you may be asked for a deposit that can range from $ 50 to $ 300.

Water: Water is billed based on usage and is charged with the rent. In general the U.S. tap water is drinkable. A series of filtration systems to purify and improve the flavor.

Electricity and Gas: Each tenant must request this service to local electricity companies and / or gas. The owner, building manager or the lanlord can tell you who is responsible for supplying gas and electricity and where to apply. Compared with other countries, electricity tariffs in the U.S. are quite reasonable.

Electricity: Electricity is 110 volts, with a frequency of 60 Hz. Depending on the country you come, you may need adapters or transformers. You can find these easily in stores like Radio Shack, Wal-Mart, in the supermarket, and even in pharmacies.


Many American states are becoming more environmentally friendly (especially California) and people tend to separate the garbage. In buildings often have different containers, and paper and glass containers are usually collected separately. The containers typically have a symbol indicating which can be recycled. The food and organic waste are collected separately for compost.

Chemicals: All rubbish containing poisons or chemicals (like refrigerators, paint, batteries, etc..) You must take these to special waste management centers, you can not dump these items in normal trash bins.

Big things: Old furniture and major appliances can be collected by waste management companies, which often charge for it, or you can bring yourself to a landfill.

Clothing: Clothing and old shoes can be donated easily. There are many organizations that receive and specialty stores selling clothing and accessories used. You can find their address in the yellow pages or online.

1 comment:

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