Energy works a bit differently on campus than what am used to in the U.S. Here I pay for it before I use it. I am given 100KW every month from the school and I need to pay for the rest. 100KW costs 65 yuan. To give you an idea of how much that is, people say that if you run your air conditioner all day it will use 5kw a day, and they say that other schools provide 200-300KW to their contracted foreign teachers. I have been using about 2 KW a day for water (all cold), lights, charging my technology, and running the heater for my drinking water.
I think that I will stay within the 100KW allowance while it is warm because I don’t use the A/C, but once it gets cold I will need to use the heater and I will need to start paying for more electricity.
Here’s how I buy electricity:
First, I go to the security station outside of my building and pick up my electricity card. My room is 1-304: I live in building one within the grouping, on the third floor, fourth room in on the floor.
Second, I bring the card to the international dorm. There I get the allowance and pay for the extra energy that I think that I will need.
Third, I walk to the entrance of my stairwell where the meter is located.
Fourth, I open the panel and stick my card into the reader-slot that aligns with my apartment.
Fifth, I wait a few seconds and the credits are added to my meter.
I bought 100KW when I first got here so I have 240KW stored up! I expect that 240 to be used pretty quickly once it gets cold and I begin to heat my bedroom and my showers. Fun fact, my shower is three rooms removed from the nearest heater (space heaters) and there is no way that the heat will travel into it, brr.