Sub-Metering System Installation by Qualified Miami Plumbers
Certified Plumbers 911 Experts Help Owners and Tenants Alike in Saving Money and ResourcesImagine for a moment that you’re a renter in an apartment building. You’re a responsible person, always trying to do your best for society and the world. You try to save energy and water whenever you can. Then you look next door and see that your neighbor left the water running in the kitchen while he’s watching the game. That has to be infuriating. Here you are, trying to do the right thing, while the jerk next door is not only wasting a precious natural resource, but he’s also running up your utility bill! Now imagine that you are the owner of that building. You’re committed to treating your tenants fairly, but one way or another, the water bill has to get paid. As it stands now, the only way to do that fairly is to take the bill, divide it by the number of tenants, and add it to their rent bills. But what if there were an easier way? What if you could just open an app on your phone and see exactly how much water each of your tenants had used that month? That would be pretty sweet, right?
How Sub-metering Can Help Miami Property Owners and TenantsWell, the technology exists that can do exactly that. It’s called water sub-metering and it can improve the lives of both property owners and tenants. A sub-metering system basically consists of a small meter attached to the main water, gas, and electrical supply for each rental unit. These sub-meters are then plugged into a wireless network which can be accessed remotely. This enables landlords to determine exactly how much to bill each tenant for their own utility use.
This does a couple of things. First of all, it rewards tenants like the individual at the beginning of this article. People who are responsible and conscientious in their use of water and other resources. Thanks to their good sense, they deserve to save money on their utility bills. Secondly, it gives other people, good but wasteful people, a legitimate motive to change their water use habits. This is a great outcome for all of us, especially those of us in the rapidly growing South Florida area. Let’s face it, we don’t exactly have much of a snowpack to rely on in the case of a drought.]]>
Benefits of Sub-meteringIn addition, by putting your tenants in control of their own water use, you get a few additional benefits:
- First, tenants can no longer complain that their water bill is too high because you will have solid data to back up your billing. (Of course, some people are going to complain anyway, but what are you gonna do?)
- Secondly, you will remain competitive with other properties in your area because the water bill (and electrical and gas for that matter) will no longer have to factored into the base rent for the property.
- Finally, as an added benefit, you can use the system to analyze high levels of water use and narrow down the location of potential water leaks that could otherwise cause serious structural damage.