Social landlord checks on energy, district heating

Social housing landlords may soon be able to check up on the energy use of their properties – and even how well district heating network is supplying them. A new […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Social housing landlords may soon be able to check up on the energy use of their properties – and even how well district heating network is supplying them.

A new pilot project in Wembley is testing a system which uses wireless technology to monitor how the network is performing, from the central plant to each home.

Makers claim this will avoid “financial risk” for landlords who may not realise faults in the district heating network and then have to fork out to make up the difference in bills.

London-based housing association Octavia Housing which owns and manages 4,000 homes has teamed up with green energy specialist Guru Systems to trial the technology.

Smart meters have been installed in 115 flats at the Elizabeth House development in the heart of Wembley.

Eamon Somers, Consultant Development Manager from Octavia Housing said: “Many of our tenants are at risk from fuel poverty… Having real-time information on how our tenants use their heating systems is very valuable. It will mean we can support those most at risk and target support to help more quickly.”

Guru Systems’ managing director Casey Cole added: “Because landlords have been unable to accurately measure how efficient these systems are once they become operational, they often don’t realise that there is a problem until it is too late.”