Utilities in Cyprus

Utilities

The information listed below is for all utilities, electricity, water, gas and renewable energy sources (RES) – and explains how to get connected, where to register, when to pay, what water is drinkable,where to find gas suppliers and what RES is in Cyprus.

Electricity

The Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) is the sole provider of electricity and manages the power supply on the island in Cyprus. The electricity supply is 240 volts, AC 50 Hz. Sockets are usually 13 amp square pin in most buildings.

For domestic supplies contact one of the service centres. The EAC website has information in English on domestic account details,     metre reading, bill paying and more:  EAC and select the left menu heading “Customer Service”.

Renewable Energy Sources (RES)

Cyprus is in the sunbelt with a daily average of 5.4 kilowatt-hours  (KWh) production of energy per square metre of land. As a result, solar  thermal (hot water) is used extensively in 90 percent of the housing  market; Cyprus received the 2007 international award for the highest usage of solar panels per person (750,000 inhabitants).

RES is available to all homeowners in Cyprus in the form of Solar Power (for Home heating and cooling), Swimming Pool Heating. Cyprus is currently utilizing wind power (produced by wind farms) to generate electricity and to run a “greener” home with clean energy. Photovoltaic’s are also used in Cyprus for the generation of electricity.

Water Supply

The water supply to the island is managed by the Cyprus Water Development Department, with each municipality having its own authority. Property owners or tenants register with the municipal water board. Contact the local Municipal offices for registration and billing information or speak to your property owner for assistance (if you are renting).

Safe Drinking Water

Every home in Cyprus has a supply of fresh running water and the water from taps in hotels is also safe to drink. Kitchens in most homes in Cyprus have a drinking water tap and a standard kitchen tap. The incoming water supply is split into two feeds – one which goes to a holding tank and another feed which goes directly to the drinking water tap. The reason for this water supply split is to minimise the risk of possible contamination of the drinking water, if it was sitting in the holding tank.

Therefore the drinking water in Homes and Hotels are considered safe to drink, although many island residents still choose to drink bottled water. Bottled water can easily be obtained from street vending machines (at a nominal fee and remember to bring your own container), or it could be bought (various sizes from 20lt, to 1lt bottles) and popular in Cyprus is the water filters for homes, or even water vending machines.

Water hardness is another significant issue for most of the island, although water softening systems may be added to a home in order to address this.

Water saving projects and campaigns are underway in Cyprus and include the conservation and saving of water with little effort, where the Cyprus Government is offering subsidies and incentives. For more details on subsidies and incentives, kindly refer to the Cyprus Water Development Department.

Gas

In Cyprus there is no countrywide gas network and natural gas (LPG gas), is sold in canisters (10 -15Kg) at petrol stations,  grocery shops and supermarkets. Remember to take your empty canister with you and you will be given a full new canister for a nominal fee (if you forget your canister, an additional fee is charged). With regards to stoves / ovens in Homes, some have gas stoves, whereas others have electric stoves. There is no standard in Cyprus, so this varies from area to area, and also homes, flats, apartments and studios.