A limited number of our properties are supplied heat directly from us. These properties are fitted with a heat meter.
What is a heat meter?
Heat meters measure the amount of heat provided by a source, and are used to calculate heat consumption in a property.
These meters have 2 main purposes:
- To monitor heat consumption/calculate losses and efficiency.
- To collect data in order to bill (NGHA have prepayment meters) or inform residents.
The lifespan of a typical heat meter is between 10-15 years, this is driven by the lifetime of the batteries which power the meters.
Ownership of the meters is an important consideration. It can lie with the district heating company (Switch 2) or the landlord (NGHA).
Whoever owns the meters are responsible for the maintenance.
We charge 10p for every KWH that you use. Included within this cost are factors such as:
- Management fee for Switch 2.
- Management fee for NGHA.
- Maintenance cover.
- Gas purchase.
- Contingency fund.
- Provision for bad debt (although this is rare for NGHA as we have pre-payment meters).
It is important to make sure you are using energy efficiently. You can find out more about how to do this on the Home Energy Scotland website.