Individual electricity metering means that you only pay for the electricity you yourself use. If you save energy and are careful with your electricity consumption in your apartment, you can save money compared to the traditional debiting system. SSSB employs individual electricity metering in some of its properties. Each tenant is then debited for his/her individual consumption on his/her rent slip.
This is financially profitable for the tenants living in the building. They don’t have to pay high fixed costs for a standing charge – this is paid by SSSB – and have the opportunity to influence their costs by only paying for the electricity they themselves use. As the tenant, however, you are not at liberty to choose your own electricity supplier. The supplier is procured by SSSB.
Another important aspect of individual metering is it increases people’s motivation to save energy. Experience of other property companies indicates a substantial reduction in energy consumption in properties that employ individual metering. In the bigger picture, it is ultimately the environment that stands to gain the most, since the cumulative reduction in environmental impact will be considerable.
Soon in several areas
SSSB’s ambition is to replace collective metering – i.e. accommodation where electricity is included in the rent – with individual metering in more of its properties, in cases where it is both technically and financially viable. In the long term, it will probably be possible to introduce individual metering of hot water consumption as well.
This is how the charging system works
During the rental period you will be invoiced on a continuous basis for the electricity you use. You will each month be charged a standard charge (‘El Schablon’ on the advice note) and for your actual usage (‘El Justerad’). The cost for actual usage will be added to or subtracted from the standard charge, depending on whether your cost is higher or lower than the standard charge amount. The standard charge is SEK 100 for one-roomed apartments and SEK 200 for two-roomed or larger apartments.
During the first two months that you live in your apartment you will be debited the standard charge only, since the actual usage will not be measured for the first time until after this period. On the third month the standard charge will be adjusted to your actual usage. (For example: your usage in April appears on June’s monthly advice note under the heading: ‘El Justerad’).
When you move out we will make the final adjustment to your electricity costs (‘El Slutjusterad’ on the advice note) based on the average usage during the rental period. As before, the adjustment is made to the standard charge. This way, you will not have to receive an invoice for your electricity consumption after moving out.