Landlords are being encouraged to discover the benefits of smart meters at a free webinar which aims to show how upgrading can bring benefits to everyone.

As part of the first smart meter awareness week, Smart Energy GB – the national campaign for the smart meter rollout – is running the event on Tuesday 19th October at 6.30pm when property expert Kate Faulkner, the National Residential Landlords Association and Citizens Advice will discuss everything smart meters for the private rented sector. Chaired by Fflur Lawton, head of public affairs at Smart Advice, the free virtual event will look at the benefits of having a smart meter installed, the installation process, and some of the myths around smart meters, followed by a Q&A session.

Responsibility

Smart Energy GB says there can be confusion as to who is responsible for installing a smart meter; its research has found that 40% of landlords believe that it is their responsibility to install a smart meter, while 39% believe it is the tenants. It adds that renting can be a significant obstacle to uptake of energy-efficiency behaviours because it can be difficult to persuade tenants to sign up for anything that requires installation, such as a smart thermostat or smart meter, because of the perceived or actual barrier of getting landlord permission. 

During the week, Smart Energy GB is hosting a webinar for letting agents and launching a dedicated page on its website with information about smart meters for the private rented sector, including new printable resources for landlords and letting agents. It will also be working with politicians in Westminster, Holyrood and the Senedd on Early Day and Parliamentary Motions to celebrate the success of smart meter awareness week. 

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Sign up to the webinar by following this link.

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