By Hürriyet Daily NewsThe cost of electricity in Turkey is among the highest in the world, so why do people still rely on gas for heating and cooling?
According to an official at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, a typical home in Turkey can cost as much as $50,000 to make a basic refrigerator, and as much or more to get the same appliances.
In fact, the government spends around $5 billion annually on electricity and heating, according to the latest data.
However, these figures do not take into account the costs of installing the equipment.
Turkey also has one of the highest electricity rates in the Middle East.
The country’s average annual consumption is 4,100 kilowatt-hours, or about 3,400 U.S. dollars, or the equivalent of three electric vehicles.
The cost of gas is much higher than in the United States, but it still averages around $3.50 a gallon.
The electricity bill for the average household is around $10,000 per year.
In Turkey, it is considered a necessity to have a gas furnace.
Gas is an expensive fuel, so many people don’t have it in their home.
And most people don the gas stove to heat their homes, so they have to use the gas furnaces in their kitchens.
Gas and Electricity Prices in Turkey By HürRIyet Daily Staff