Could a smart meter help landlords save?

by Morag Lyall

A smart meter could help landlords save money and improve their carbon footprint.

According to Dick Strawbridge, presenter of BBC Two's It's Not Easy Being Green, using a smart meter such as the AlertMe monitor, "you can see what you are spending and saving real-time, and this information is fundamental".

He added: "The tough thing is that people need to want to save this money – but who doesn't want to save money?"

While many landlords might get tenants to pay for bills in their tenancy agreements, they could be more likely to get quality tenants if they advertise that the property allows them to monitor their energy usage with a smart meter.

Ultimately, Mr Strawbridge said that it is up to the energy suppliers to provide information to consumers on how to save energy.

However, according to a survey by Marketiers, eight out of ten consumers say that the advice they get from energy companies is useless.

Published on: July 6, 2010

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