What is a secondary electricity meter and when would need one?

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10 Oct
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What is a secondary electricity meter and when would need one?

If you have a rental property and no meter, you simply cannot control the amount of electricity consumed by your tenants. It is not just in the summer months during the air conditioning season that can increase the costs, but the entire year. Air conditioning units are used for heating in the winter, as are portable electric heaters. For example, a group of 6 people sharing an apartment with iPhones, iPads, tv’s laptops, hair dryers etc will consume a lot in a very short time frame.

A secondary electricity meter is a separate meter that is compatible with the existing meter in any property but uses a “pre-paid credit” system. This means that a property owner can totally control the electricity usage of all, or some electrical appliances within a property. The cost of electricity in Spain has increased dramatically over the last 2 years and these meters are an absolute “must have” for any property that is rented out either on a full time or a part time basis.

A secondary electricity meter will save you money from the very first day of installation. The return on your investment can be as little as 6 weeks in peak season.

The summer scenario is that you rent out your property to summer holidaymakers. They turn up, open all the windows, turn on the air conditioning and then head for the beach! During the winter, many properties only have air conditioning for both heating and cooling or electric radiators. Your electricity meter is spinning like a top and at the end of the 2-month period, you end up with a huge electricity bill which barely covers the rent. So, what do you do?

The Solution

Install a secondary electricity meter in your property. This pre-loaded card system operated meter will save you money by making your tenants pay for their electricity. It is so simple to use. 
This neat little device can sit next to your electricity meter and can be used for the” whole house” supply or just for the air conditioning, depending on the way in which the electricity circuits were installed. No mess, no fuss and an installation completed in just a couple of hours.

The system, however is flexible. It may be that as a landlord or owner you are happy to give for example €50 worth of electricity per week included in the rent but any more is paid for?

The Owners “override facility” allows flexibility for friends by offering an “allowance”. or an owner to “bypass” the system.

To find out more contact us at Camposol Heating & Maintenance (CHM) on 968 199 184, Via WhatsApp 619 483 778 or email us at camposolheating@gmaill.com

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