Electricity in Turkey
Find out how to get connected to Turkish electricity suppliers...
Electricity is distributed by the Turkey Electricity Distribution Corporation (Türkiye Elektrik Da??t?m - TEDA?) and its subsidiaries. These are currently undergoing privatisation. The electricity market is regulated by the Energy Market Regulatory Authority (Enerji Piyasasý Düzenleme Kurumu - EPDK).
Distributors in Turkey include:
- Boğaziçi Elektrik Dağıtım - BEDAS (European Side of Istanbul)
Tel: 0212 361 86 00
Customer service, Tel: 186
- Anadolu Yakası Elektrik Dağıtımı Electricity supplier, Anatolian Side of Istanbul
Tel: 0216 457 49 00
Customer service, Tel: 444 6 186
Power outages are not uncommon and it is advisable to have a surge protector to prevent damage to electrical appliances in the event of a power surge.
To connect to the electricity supplier, customers must go to the local electricity supplier's office and fill in a subscription form:
The following need to be provided:
- Rental agreement or Building Use Authorisation Document
- Proof of identity
- Previous installation number (found on the meter)
When subscribing to a new account, check with the electricity company that there are no outstanding bills from the previous tenant or owner and arrange for a meter reading as soon as possible. Customers must choose the amount of electricity in watts to be supplied. In general, 15 Kw provides sufficient power for a medium-sized home. It may also be possible to benefit from off-peak tariffs.
Disconnection of the electricity supply is done is person at the electricity supplier's office. Provide the customer number and the latest meter reading.
Bills are sent monthly, quarterly or every six months depending on the supplier's choice and based on actual consumption. Bills can be paid by direct debit, at the electricity supplier's office or at some banks.
If bills are not paid within ten days, electricity supply is cut off until payment is made, and a penalty fee is added to the amount. If payment is not made within one month of the electricity supply being cut off, the contract is cancelled and customers have to re-establish a new contract and pay an additional fee.
Electricity and Home Appliances
Turkey's standard electricity supply is 220 volts AC with a frequency of 50 hertz. For other equipment, a transformer or adaptor is required unless the appliance has a multi-voltage option.
Turkey uses the standard European two-pin plug and socket. Some hotels may provide adapters for their guests free of charge. Adapters are available in airport shops and in most hardware stores.
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