Even if your employer pays for your housing, you may be expected to pay for your own utilities.  Generally, you can expect to receive two utility bills per month, one for electricity and one for gas.

Here are some examples of the utilities. The top one is for electricity, and the bottom one is for gas.

Certain ATMs (located inside banks) will allow you to pay your utilities automatically.  Since the machines are difficult to navigate in English, we recommend that you ask one of the staff members to help you.  Just show them the bill, and they’ll know what to do.  However, if you want to try it on your own:

1. Tear the bill in half:

2. Keep the 2 left segments, you will put the right half into the machine

3. Push the button in the top left corner of the screen…below is a picture of the KB screen:

(*usually it is this button~at least it is with KB and NH bank* please don’t get angry if it’s not…there is always someone wondering around to help lost looking foreigners). Insert your bank card when prompted.

4. The machine will take a few seconds to read the bill, then will ask you to confirm the information it has scanned. For example, the account number and the billing amount. (If your bill has a hand written amount, this obviously cannot be scanned, and then you will be prompted to input the correct amount and then confirm).

5. After entering those details, you will have either 2 choices. Enter the next bill to be paid, or input your pin number, and confirm to finish.

6. The machine will issue you a receipt, staple that with your remaining segments of your utility (stapler is usually on top of the ATM).

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