In many SSSB apartments, electricity is included in the rent. Here’s what you need to think about if electricity is not included in the rent!
In many SSSB apartments, electricity is included in the rent. If it is not included, however, you must contact an electricity company and take out a subscription BEFORE you move in. Heating and water are included in the rent for all SSSB apartments.
If you are unsure, please consult your rental agreement, which will tell you whether electricity is included in the rent or not. You can also look at the page about your housing area under the “Our apartments” tab, where the information is given under “Facts”. To Our apartments »
For those of you who need to take out an electricity subscription, we have compiled a list of the electricity grid owners you should contact. Grid owners in SSSB housing »
In some apartments, we have what is known as “individual” or “smart” metering. This means that SSSB is responsible for the subscription and then charges you for the electricity you use every month. Read more about individual metering »
How do I take out an electricity subscription?
When taking out an electricity subscription, it is good to know the difference between a grid owner and an electricity supplier. The grid owner has installed the local electricity substation and wired the building in which you live. You cannot choose grid owner and must take out a subscription with the company that has installed the equipment where you live. You then pay the grid owner either a monthly or quarterly subscription.
You can, however, choose your electricity supplier, i.e. the company that will actually supply you with electricity (through the grid owner’s cables). You can either choose the grid owner as your supplier or you can choose a different company altogether.
You can save money by taking the time to compare different electricity suppliers as their prices can vary considerably. Or perhaps you want to find a “green” supplier for environmental reasons?
There are many websites where you can compare the prices of different electricity suppliers. One such site is Elpriskollen » by the Swedish Energy Market Inspectorate (Energimarknadsinspektionen) and another can be found at Elskling.se » . Unfortunately, both these sites are in Swedish so you may need the help of a Swedish friend to compare prices.
Advantages of having your own subscription
There are many advantages of having your own electricity subscription as it gives you the chance to reduce your consumption and hence your costs. Make sure you use low-energy lightbulbs, turn out the lights when you’re not at home, turn off the TV, computer and other appliances. Don’t leave you mobile charger plugged in or your TV or computer on stand-by. This consumes more electricity that you think. It is also very important for all of us to try to keep our energy consumption down to protect the environment.
If you have any questions about electricity and electricity subscriptions, please contact the SSSB Customer Service Centre.