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Can Landlords Charge Tenants or Renters for Electricity?

How a Landlord Can Be Compliant When Charging For Electricity and How to Monitor the Usage of Electrical Consumption.

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Electrical Question: I’m a student renter in a apt, in which heat and hot water is included in the rent. Only the stove and electrical outlets run off the electric.

I have noticed a drastic increase in my electric bill. For example Jan-Feb bill was $96.00. I believe the landlord has connected the electrical hot water heater to my electric meter even though its included. The electric hot water heater is in my unit in the kitchen and the electric panel box is in my living room closet. Is their a way to look at these items and determine if this is happening?

Any insight would be helpful.

Background: Janine, a Student from Springfield, Pennsylvania.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your home electrical question Janine.

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How to Monitor the Usage of  Electrical Consumption

Janie you have also asked if there is a way to monitor the usage of the electrical consumption of the water heater or other appliances, and the answer is yes. There are a wide range of monitoring devices that are available. Many are very affordable and easy to use, and there are more advanced monitoring devices which record the actual electrical usage for each device.

Here is a partial list of Energy Monitors which may be helpful:

Please consult the details of each device for installation and operation.

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