老外收到天價電費嚇傻 網友大驚:電被隔壁偷了吧! | Foreigner in Taiwan looks for advice on NT$28,000 electricity bill!

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【看CP學英文】台灣雖然景色美麗又有令人垂涎三尺的美食,然而一到夏天,悶熱的氣候讓人難耐。正因如此,對於現居台灣、來自高緯度國家的老外而言,冷氣絕對是夏季期間用電量最兇的電器。

Despite its breathtaking scenery and mouthwatering cuisines, Taiwan tends to become unbearably hot and humid during the summer. Rarely can anyone go to bed without the air conditioning at this time of year, especially expatriates who are used to colder temperatures.  

然而,爽吹冷氣是要付出代價的。一位來自澳洲的外國人近期在臉書社團上分享自己暴漲的電費,請教他人解惑。

Yet, a foreigner from Australia recently learned that nothing comes without a price as he recently asked for help to query his hefty electricity bill in a Facebook group called Expats in Taiwan

This screengrab from Facebook shows a Taiwan-based foreigner asking for advice on a hefty electricity bill. (Courtesy of Facebook)

根據此網友說明,他現租一個三房的套房,然而兩個月下來的電費竟高達兩萬八,讓他非常吃驚。

Renting a three-bedroom apartment, he was shocked to discover a two-month electricity bill for NT$28,000. 

許多人看到金額後紛紛留言表示同情,並試圖提供意見。有些人建議他查清楚是否有人在偷用他的電,也有人建議將老舊式的外機換成省電的新款。

The astonishing price led many to offer their sympathy and advice under the post.

Some people expressed shock and advised him to conduct a thorough investigation to see if someone is tapping into their power line as the bill seems fishy.

Others encouraged the foreigner to replace traditional ACs with inverter ACs as the latter would save a lot of money in the long run. 

This screengrab from Facebook shows other foreigners in the group explaining how to tackle the electricity bill. (Courtesy of Facebook)

不過,考量到三房大小的屋子本就不小,再加上他和家人待在家時數可能較長,因此也有人認為兩萬八的電費沒有想像中的誇張。

Still, others ensured him that with his apartment size combined with the hours his family members spent at home, the amount of money charged was rather reasonable. 

Screengrab from Facebook
Screengrab from Facebook

雖然大家對這件事都抱有不同的看法,卻一貫認定台灣的電費的確相對昂貴。當然,用電小時數和地區也會影響電的費用。

While people hold different opinions about the accuracy of the electricity bill, many acknowledged that the energy fee in Taiwan is relatively expensive.

It is worth noting that the total amount of electricity and timing users consume, as well as the location of apartments, are contributing factors to the electricity price. 

如果發現電費帳單異常,可以撥打台電服務專線1911。

If you encountered a similar incident with your electricity bill, you can use the Taipower service hotline “1911” for more information.