New Electricity Meters in Hamilton Could Hurt Low-Income Tenants

New "smart meters" being installed in some neighborhoods are supposed to encourage energy conservation by holding residents accountable for the amount of electricity they use, but because low-income tenants usually do not have access to the latest energy-efficient appliances and heating systems, they are at risk of being penalized for using older appliances, usually supplied by landlords. The current smart meter plan does not hold landlords accountable for energy useage, only individual tenants. Read more on the impact of smart meters on tenants on the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario website.