UTILITIES IN NEUSS
Local utilities corporations traditionally offer complete services, while a few national giants and lower priced competitors are also available to purchase power from.
In Neuss it is possible to order power, gas and water all from the same semi-public owned utility company, which is owned by Stadt Neuss.
Expect similar confusing tariffs and options for power as in other countries. Once the contract has been signed, commitment can be quite lengthy, normally for a period of twelve months.
GAS IN NEUSS
While consumers in Neuss can choose between many suppliers, a large number of inhabitants rely on the the city subsidiary. Since 1883, the portfolio of today’s company has steadily been moulded to fulfil all the perceived needs of the residents of Neuss.
The vast majority of gas supply comes from The Netherlands in the form of natural gas. Experiments have commence to create biogas from organic matter on local farms.
ELECTRICITY IN NEUSS
The cost of electricity is not normally included in the additional charges, Nebenkosten, when renting a house or flat in Neuss nor Germany. Prices are high and unfortunately power has long been sourced from open cast mines, which is damaging to us all.
During the 1990s the supply of electric power in Germany ceased to be a monopoly, so choice is available. The local utilities company uses our own source, the sun, to deliver cleaner energy.
WATER IN NEUSS
Tap water in Neuss possesses such a high quality that it does not require chlorine. The water is treated and cleaned through an extensive process on its way to the consumer. By then it is highly drinkable and virtually tasteless.
Its quality lies way above statutory regulations so, while Germans like to drink large quantities of mineral water, expats fortunately do not need to carry water home in plastic bottles.