Faulty meters cost households big money

Czech households connected to central heating spend considerably more on utility water than they should, a study by the Technical University of Liberec has shown. According to the study, the reason for the over-expenditure is imprecise gauges installed in flats which have error rates of up to 40%. As part of the study, which was financed by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, the university has also developed new technology for better measurement of hot water use. The study estimates that discrepancies caused by faulty water gauges amount to 200 to 500 crowns per flat per month, and up to 100,000 crowns a year per building.