Think this has been covered in some depth already on here. However, basically there are two types of electricity tariff in Malta – ‘Domestic’ and ‘Residential’
‘Residential’ is applied to the first/main home of all residents/taxpayers permanently residing in Malta on a full time basis. This tariff is cheaper per unit and also provides some substantial subsidies (especially with the Water element of the bill) based upon the number of registered occupants (hence your landlords 0 people comment), all of which ensure that the bill is much less.
‘Domestic’ is applied to all other bills, 2nd homes, non-residents, some rental properties etc.
Full details of tariffs can be found here: http://www.wsc.com.mt/%28S%28pjuvpvnm3j0wjl45ltutaiew%29%29/default.aspx?MLEV=22&MDIS=102
You need to do a few things to change this:
• Get Residency certificates (covered elsewhere) or have concrete proof that you are paying tax.
• Get your landlord to agree to put the bill in your name, simple process, one form and a trip to WSC, Luqa (be prepared for a bit of a wait)
• Agree changeover readings with your landlord
• Have the paperwork mentioned on the WSC forms…….copy ID etc.
• Pay a €466 refundable deposit to WSC (comes off your final bill)
You should then have a bill in your name with the ‘clock’ starting with your changeover readings, all at the preferential ‘residential’ rate and with the correct number of ‘registered residents’ Whether it is worth doing depends on how long you are staying (a) on the Island and (b) in that flat……
All the best