Water, Gas & Electrical Submetering Solutions
With decades worth of experience, FlowRite knows how to ensure that your submeter system is done correctly. Whether you have a high-tech radio frequency system or a low-tech manual read system, FlowRite knows your submetering system inside and out.
If you need installation of a new system, trouble-shooting on an old one, or looking to retro-fit a system, call the experts.
A Green Business
FlowRite Metering is working to help landlords and tenants to be more aware aware of their utility consumption and more responsible for their fair share of usage. This awareness tends to save resource consumption and also helps the tenants save money. By simply doing our part to help raise awareness of personal consumption, we hope to do our part to help keep things a bit greener.
Submetering is a utility system that lets a landlord or building owner break down utility use. That use may be broken down by tenant, or even by heavy use items such as HVAC equipment.
Finally Get In Control Of Tenant Utility Billing
We make it easy to eliminate waste and take back control of tenant utility billing.
Find out where the most water, gas, and energy is being used.
Figure out which units or components are using the most.
Let each tennants paying for their portion... fairly.
Figure out where the enrgy spikes are in your usage.
Not sure where you are losing water? Find out for sure.
Want to ensure everyone is paying for what they use?
Frequently Asked Questions
Over the years we have had a great many happy customers. You can imagine that on our way there, we had many of them ask questions. There are many potentially confusing aspects to this service. That is why we have compiled a list of some of our most commonly asked questions.
Utility submetering is the new standard for utility management on properties with multiple tenants, whether residential or commercial. In the past, one bill for a utility would be sent to a property’s landlord. That individual would then have the difficult task of dividing out the bill based on square footage, or on a more complex algorithm, then divvying out bills, collecting them and paying the company themselves. What an enormous amount of manual work!
The old method led to an unfair distribution of costs and was a time consuming, tedious, and extremely inefficient process for the property manager. Today, submetering offers streamlined and simple solutions to all the manual roles landlords once paid, offering the ability to monitor the individual utility use of each tenant, and even providing direct billing for that use in appropriate cases. Submetering is now nationally recognized as a superior means of measuring energy consumption in a multi-use facility, and in some states, it is even legally required in commercial use properties.
Managing the utilities for a property is only one of the many roles a landlord must perform, however, it can take a disproportionate amount of time and energy if the proper equipment and services have not been put into place. For landlords or owners who are responsible for multiple properties, the cost and time required to handle utilities at multiple sites can be enormous. Having one single provider for submetering installation, maintenance and reading can simplify the process immensely, leaving time for the many other hats a property owner must wear.
The New York State Energy Research and Authority performed a study on submetering, revealing that on average, 15 – 30 percent energy use savings can be achieved through the addition of submetering systems. This savings benefits everyone – the landlord, who has been responsible for distributing and collecting the payments from every tenant (and dealing with deficits from late payments or objections from specific tenants), the tenant, who has potentially been paying than more fair share, and the planet. When energy use goes down, the planet benefits, too! That’s why in part submetering is legally required in some states for large commercial properties.
Yes! Submetering saves an average of 15 – 30 percent in energy consumption, a savings that is passed on to the landlord in time. While there is an upfront investment required to install submetering equipment, it has one of the fastest turnaround times in terms of return on investment among other energy savings upgrades or installations. And having clients held individually responsible for their energy use saves time too, another savings that is passed on to the property owner.
Submeters save more money and provide a higher return on investment among many other energy savings investments. Three years is the typical turnaround time to provide a return on an energy savings property upgrade. Submetering consistently provides a positive ROI in less than three years, and it will save you for years to come. The cost of submetering units are becoming more and more competitive as technology advances and as more retailers offer affordable units. This is a great time to transition to a new way of measuring, reporting and charging your tenants for the utilities they consume each day.
No, we find that once tenants are educated about the benefits of submetering, they appreciate the opportunity to save money themselves. Once submetering systems have been put in place, tenants have the opportunity to control their own energy usage and in doing so, control how much they must pay. Tenants welcome the opportunity to pay their fair share, especially when they have the opportunity to lower their utility bills.
Here’s an example:
Imagine Apartment 201 is a one bedroom that houses a couple with no children where both spouses work and are away from the home each day. They turn their air conditioning up to 80 for 8+ hours a day and work hard to make sure they use as little energy as possible. Apartment 102 on the floor below houses a family with two parents and five children. Three of the children are home all day, thus the electricity is on, and the television and lights are constantly in use year round.
Before, the energy bills sent to each family were broken based on the number of bedrooms in the apartment. Now they will reflect actual usage!
The larger family in 102 may see a bill at a similar amount or perhaps slightly higher. They decide to make adjustments to their air conditioning use to compensate for the slightly higher bill. When the next bill comes, they are thrilled that they’ve been able to reduce their bill. The smaller family in 201 will see a significantly reduced bill, and will be happy to know their efforts at energy savings are now being rewarded.