Many of Unipol’s houses charge a rent that includes personal possessions insurance, internet and utility (gas, electricity and water) costs and a TV (and licence if the TV is provided by Unipol). If in doubt then check your contract to see what is included in the rent for your property.
An inclusive rent covers energy and we allow £6.50 a week (from your rent) for this. This anticipated level of usage should be enough for you to be warm and comfortable in your house and is based on responsible use.
To help you know how much energy you are using we now read your meters monthly and give you a statement every two months. This statement is a graphic that compares your usage to last year and shows how much of what we have allowed you are using. In cold months you use more energy than warmer months so it is necessary to take into account seasonal usage in making comparisons.
It looks like this:
This year Unipol is going to share any savings made by tenants on all-inclusive rents. If your house spends less on gas and electricity than anticipated at the end of the tenancy, Unipol will share this saving 50:50 with all the tenants.
We will use our share to invest in further energy saving measures for the future to benefit our tenants and to subsidise a few smaller houses whose energy costs are higher (fewer people to share the bills).
Top ways to save energy
You'll need to work together with your housemates.
There is a single energy meter for gas and electricity for each house which means each housemate pays for an equal share of the total energy used and plays a part in saving power. You will need to talk to each other and work together.