Housing companies – energy efficiently, together

Heating, electricity and water are the basic requirements of housing. The occupants need them for living and the equipment of the residential property need electricity to function.

In a housing company, energy efficiency is achieved through the smooth cooperation of management, the occupants and property maintenance. When the attitude is right, and when consumption habits favour energy conservation and the property maintenance functions appropriately, a housing company can go far along the path of energy saving.

As an occupant, you can also influence matters. A shareholder and occupant willing to take the initiative promotes consumption habits with their own example and communicates a good attitude to their neighbours as well.

Some 40 per cent of the maintenance costs of a terraced building or an apartment block is composed of energy and water consumption. Consumption can be reduced with the property’s sound energy economic maintenance. The comfort of living is usually improves at the same time, when great temperature variations in different parts of the building are evened out.

The successful reduction of energy and water consumption reduces the pressure to raise maintenance charges and rents. By monitoring energy and water consumption regularly, a housing company’s management keeps up-to-date on the effectiveness of the savings and enhancement measures. The monitoring is also a tool for detecting irregularities in consumption, due to which necessary repair and maintenance work can be carried out quickly.

Energy management in shape with goals and measures

Energy management involves the setting of short and long-term goals and measures.

In the long term, the activities aim to influence the entire structure of energy use through long-term energy saving investments, communication and the training of the operational staff.

Short-term measures aim to locate technical operating mistakes that have an impact on energy consumption. The objective is to detect, investigate and possibly anticipate equipment and system malfunctions.

An energy performance certificate indicates the building’s computed total energy consumption and provides information on measures that improve energy use.

The division of energy consumption and possibilities for saving can be investigated in more detail with the help of an energy audit.


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Page last updated 15.6.2017