Are HMOs more energy efficient per unit of accommodation than single residential dwellings? Anecdotal evidence suggests that by optimising the use of space and sharing certain usages of energy, they are. Environmentally aware landlords might choose to switch to an electric company generating low carbon electricity from renewables like wind and solar. Electricity generation by some estimates, contributes around one quarter of carbon emissions.
I asked HMO expert, Jim Haliburton, aka HMO Daddy, to share his top tip for making HMO’s more energy efficient and thereby lowering the carbon footprint.
Fit Metro Prepaid, digital prepay meters. These have been shown to reduce usage of electricity by up to 50%. A government study found that households using a pre-payment electricity meter, consume considerably less electricity, on average, than their estimated theoretical consumption.
90% of those with prepay meters reported having taken at least one step to reduce personal energy usage such as turning off lights when a room is empty or changing the way they use appliances. New digital prepay tokens have replaced inefficient single use paper token cards.
Additional measures promoted by energy saving experts include:
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