Climate-smart housing companies

More than half of Helsinki’s emissions are caused by the heating of buildings. The greatest emission reduction potential lies in energy renovations: for example, a building can be made significantly more energy-efficient during a renovation.

In the long term, most emission reduction methods will also be financially beneficial to property owners, because heating the property and water accounts for more than 20% of the charge for common expenses. These methods will often also increase the comfort of living.

Energy tips for housing companies

  • When planning any maintenance repairs, a housing company should investigate ways of improving the building’s energy efficiency. The first step is to identify what energy is currently being used for. Suitable means of doing this include energy certificates and energy surveys.
  • Furthermore, a free energy expert course organised by HSY helps housing companies manage their energy consumption more holistically.
  • An easy method is to measure temperatures around the building in the common areas and private flats during the heating period. See if there is significant variation in the temperatures taken in different parts of the building and check that the radiators and valves are working properly. Reduce any overheating and instruct the residents on the correct use of radiator valves.
  • By adjusting the taps to recommended flow rates, the level of water consumption can easily be reduced. Instruct the residents on ways in which they can reduce their water consumption and, subsequently, their water bills.
  • A more efficient use of electricity in the building’s common areas is also prudent. This can be achieved through simple methods: adopt LED lighting, reorganise sauna slots, check the operation and condition of communal cold storage facilities, adjust the heating times of block heater poles and check the electric defrosting.

More tips can be found below!

Energy advices for housing companies (Motiva)

Saving energy at home (Motiva)