Gas and Electricity

Find out how to get connected to Dutch gas and electricity suppliers...

There are numerous companies offering gas and electricity supplies. Tariffs vary from company to company and many offer a “green” option (ecostroom), where the power is sourced from environmentally sustainable sources such as sun, sea and wind.

Many utilities companies in the Netherlands offer integrated services, providing both gas and electricity supplies. This tends to be the most popular, and least expensive, option for Dutch households.

For a comparison listing of energy suppliers:

For gas leaks or electricity emergencies Tel: 0800 9009

Getting connected

To set up an account the following will need to be provided:

  • Proof of residency (usually)
  • A passport or ID card to prove your identity
  • Proof of occupancy (rental contract, house deeds)
  • Proof of address. This is the Basisregistratie Personen (BRP)  extract, available from your local council office (gemeentehuis)

Billing

Note and check the meter readings when moving into a new home. Bills are based on either the previous year's consumption for the property or on the estimated average usage for the number of people now living at the address. As heating is a major cost in the Netherlands, the entire year's usage is spread out over 12 months to avoid unmanageable bills. Discrepancies are corrected at the end of the year and refunds or additional bills are issued accordingly.

Average costs

Obviously this varies greatly by household, area, and whether the house uses predominantly electricity or gas. A family of two adults and two children that use gas for heating and hot water (with electricity beng used for lighting and appliances) can expect to pay an average of 100 – 150 euro per month in total energy costs.