Bills, Bills, Bills

Published on 15/11/2006 in Your Spanish Home

Although, you might have budgeted for the mortgage repayments of your holiday home and you have even taken into account community fees, before you know it you will have utility bills to account for too.


Along the coastal resorts mains gas is very rare. If you do use gas, the likelihood will be that you will use gas bottles supplied by Repsol Butano ( In order to receive gas bottles, Repsol have to conduct a safety inspection and you will need to sign a contract. Inspections on all appliances are required every five years so that you can continue to qualify for provision of gas.

Bottles can be delivered but it is more economical to buy them direct from the depot, if a little inconvenient. To get your local delivery number call (+34) 901 100 100.


Electricity is bought from Endesa. In Andalucia, Endesa operates under the name of Sevillana Endesa and you may hear them referred to as Sevillana.

Your tariff is calculated according to your power rating (potencia). You pay a standing charge in advance and consumption charges in arrears. Bills are paid bi-monthly and can be paid either by direct bank or at the bank. Many banks only allow bills to be paid between 8.30 and 10.30 without exception. IVA of 16% and electricity tax of 4.8% are applied to your bills which will be in Spanish.


To get connected to mains water contact your local Town Hall to find out your provider’s details. You will need your passport and the previous contract/bills to start a new contract.

Please do not waste water in Spain as it is very precious. Water from rainfall is not distributed evenly so local municipalities take every effort to minimise water usage.

Below is a list of providers on the Costa del Sol:

+34) 952 831 274
Istan, Ojen and Benahavis, Torremolinos.

(+34) 952 820 112
Marbella,Calahonda,San Pedro, Manilva,Guadalmina,Nagueles,Sierra Blanca and Nueva Andalucia.

(+34) 952 057 010

Malaga,Churriana, Campanillas

(+34) 952 58 20 68
Fuengirola, Torre Blanca, Reserva del Higueron.

Written by: Susan Pedalino

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debra said:
28 July 2012 @ 21:51

i am also enquiring i have a long term rent on villa 20min from murcia airport why do i have to pay 40euros every 3 months for water and £10 a month for electric when it is just used as a holiday home doesnt seem right can anyone help with avice

Sarah Emmanuel said:
17 October 2011 @ 09:29

I need an email address asap - I need to know why my water bills in spain are so high when I am not in my aprartment and not using water!

Please can soemone help - My email address is


krabi said:
17 November 2006 @ 19:14

Doe,s any one know what the approx costs of gas(bottled or mains), electric and water would be in Spain if a couple without kids lived in a spacios 3 bed villa with a 48sq mtr pool(heated and un-heated ), would be per annum.
Also other cost,s like ins,goverment tax,s andother running costs?.

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