Experts from the Metrium agency told how to save on rent … Ways to save on utilities were revealed by experts from the Metrium real estate agency, the material is at the disposal of Lenta.ru.
First of all, it is necessary to give up unnecessary services, such as fees for a radio link. This is a special outlet that you can plug in your loudspeaker. For this service you have to pay about 1,300 rubles a year. You can also refuse to pay for a shared TV antenna if you already have cable or satellite TV, or if you don't need it at all. The experts said that home phones are also expensive for citizens, while mobile operators offer better rates.
Also “Metrium” advises to draw up a recalculation. This can be done provided that the resident was absent from the apartment for more than five days and did not use the services. To do this, you must present a supporting document – a tourist voucher or a voucher, an order from the place of work to send on a business trip, a certificate from a medical institution. However, it will not be possible to issue a recalculation if individual or general metering devices are installed. A recalculation can also be requested if service outages exceed legal time limits.
Experts also advise changing the meters when their service life ends. If a new meter is not installed, the fee will be charged according to the standards approved by the regional commissions. Metrium recommends choosing a multi-tariff electricity meter, thanks to which you can pay less for electricity at night.
Replacing incandescent lamps with energy-saving ones will help to reduce the cost of light by about four times. To save on water, you need to make sure that the taps do not leak. The energy efficiency class of purchased household appliances must be at least A, since class C appliances use 40 percent more energy. A dishwasher consumes two to three times less water than washing dishes by hand.
Earlier in November, Dmitry Gordeev, a member of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Committee on entrepreneurship in the housing sector, spoke about a loophole in the housing code that allows not pay or defer payment for services under certain conditions. According to him, if the owner has not received the payment, then he is not obliged to pay for the services. At the same time, you can get a receipt not only in paper form, but also online.