How do I pay for electricity and gas?

You are automatically supplied with electricity and/or gas, which is paid in advance and checked against actual consumption once a year.

If you do not choose otherwise, you will have DONG Energy as supplier.

You will receive a letter from your electricity supplier and your gas supplier once a year, asking you to read your electricity and gas meters. First, you need to know where the electricity and/or gas meter(s) are located in your home.

You can then submit the new reading to your supplier digitally, or alternatively send it by post . Your supplier will then calculate how much you have used in the past year, and then send a bill for you to pay.

In some places in Denmark you pay a set amount in advance that is included in your rent. It is also important to know that you pay electricity and gas in advance and then match this against actual use once a year.

Some supply companies do this electronically.

When you move out, you have to send in the readings for your gas and electricity meters, so the next occupant does not get charged for gas or electricity that they have not used. So do remember to read your electricity and gas meter before you move out.

Electricity supplier

You can choose to change your electricity supplier. Typically, one supplier will have a universal service obligation where you live. They will automatically be your supplier unless you choose another supplier.

The partially state-owned supply company DONG Energy supplies electricity to most of Copenhagen. 

Gas supplier

You can choose to change your gas supplier. Typically, one supplier will have a universal service obligation where you live.

This company will automatically be your supplier unless you choose another supplier. In Copenhagen the supply company HOFOR is the main gas supplier.

You must have a CPR number to be a customer of a Danish supply company. It is therefore practically impossible to connect utilities and get a telephone before moving to Denmark and registering with the local municipality.

If you don't have a CPR number go to How do I get a CPR number?