How do you monitor and encourage tenants to use energy efficiently?

When tenants take over a unit in a multi-let property, the installation of submeters and conducting regular tenant recharges can help you monitor the consumption of energy and water within your property investment. Arranging tenant workshops focussing on both costs and green education can help highlight various means of reducing energy can help to control and reduce their utilities consumption. It can be more difficult when tenants take over a single-use industrial let such as a factory or large distribution to monitor energy, but DB Group do offer a service where we manage both landlord and tenant accounts so that you can report on spend, consumption and carbon cots of your portfolios utility usage.

Another area that can help manage tenants energy usage is by arranging regular workshops and webinars where your clients can attend and obtain free advice regarding energy usage and how to reduce it. The following are some suggestions where tenants can help to control or reduce their utilities usage (without any major outlay):

1. Switch to energy saving lightbulbs

Using greener bulbs will cut energy usage and save money – they use up to 80% less energy than standard lamps and they don’t need to be replaced as often either, so you could keep your maintenance bills down and reduce energy consumption.

2. Install motion sensitive lighting

It’s easy to leave lights on where you don’t need them. Motion-sensitive lights will turn off automatically when rooms are not in use. Make the most of natural lighting this summer by opening window blinds in daylight hours to cut back on business energy costs.

3. Don’t switch on air conditioning too early

You may not need heating or air conditioning during mild spring or autumn days. Switch off heating when the temperature reaches 21°C. Air conditioning is not really needed until the temperature exceeds 23-24°C.

4. Maximise efficiency of air conditioning

If you do need air conditioning, help it stay efficient by keeping doors and windows shut. Usually, you can also switch air conditioning off overnight.

5. Invest in microgeneration

Producing your own energy can help keep bills down, cut your business’s carbon footprint and cut energy consumption. Solar photovoltaic panels – which need only daylight, not sunlight to generate electricity – work on buildings of all sizes.

6. Switch off computers overnight

Turning off a single monitor when it’s not in use and over the weekends could save your organisation up to £35 a year on business electricity bills.

7. Only boil the water you need

Everyone loves a tea break, but be careful how much water your employees are heating up. If we all only boiled the water we needed for a cup of tea, we’d save enough electricity a year to power the UK’s street lights for a month.

8. Update your technology

Old and out-of-date models of computers, fridges and even boilers tend to be far less energy efficient. Update to energy-efficient products wherever possible.

9. Put up energy saving posters

To remind employees of the energy-saving measures, put up posters to prompt them. British Gas has a printable range on their website.

10. Conduct an energy audit

Take regular meter readings around your premises to keep track of your energy consumption, that way you will know what processes use the most energy, monitor energy, and will be able to identify areas where savings could be made.

Further Reading

Read more on the services we provide with Energy, Water, Enviro, and Comms here.

Read here on energy efficiency is important and guidance from the Scottish Government.