Propertymark supports smart meter awareness week 2023

The annual campaign runs from 30 October to 5 November and is designed to give domestic and commercial renters, landlords and letting agents a better understanding of the benefits of the technology, and encourage more people to have them installed. Smart meters are a part of UK Government plans for a smart energy system that will support carbon emissions cuts.

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According to research carried out by Smart Energy GB, private renters have good things to say about smart meters: nearly 90% of them who have one now say they would get one again if they moved to a new home without one. And 7 in 10 who don’t have one now, but did in their last place, say they plan to get one in the next 6 months.

Smart meter key facts for agents

For renters they can help households to better understand their energy use, what it's costing, and identify ways to reduce wasted energy. 

For landlords a smart meter can assist tenants to better manage their energy bills and reduce disputes at the end of a tenancy. They can also help keep an eye on energy consumption in empty properties to reduce waste. The meter doesn't have to be changed when new tenants move in, and can be switched between credit and pre-pay modes. 

For small business owners real time readings and automatic data transfers to the supplier mean less admin and no more estimated bills. 

Smart Energy GB has launched a dedicated page on their website for Smart Meter Awareness Week with information about smart meters for the private rented sector, including resources for private landlords, letting agents and tenants.

Propertymark is pleased to support the third annual Smart Meter Awareness Week for the private rented sector. Letting agents, tenants, landlords and energy companies all have a role to play in improving smart meter take up because installing a smart meter can help tenants understand how much energy is being used at the property and for agents and their landlords whether this can help to influence any energy efficiency improvements that are needed.
Timothy Douglas
Timothy Douglas Head of Policy and Campaigns | Propertymark