The Pros and Cons of Smart Metering in Older Buildings

Sep 11, 18 The Pros and Cons of Smart Metering in Older Buildings

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In all new construction of multifamily buildings, smart meters are used in submetering systems. These are highly efficient and very easy to install as part of the building construction project. Top companies offering smart metering services can coordinate with the general contractor to bring in their own installation crews and work with plumbing subcontractors to install the meters on each unit during the plumbing installation. This makes the process highly efficient and reduces the cost to the landlord or property owner group. Older Buildings Most older buildings, unless they have been renovated or upgraded, do not use smart metering technology. Instead, they use a simple equal division of the water bill or a ratio utility billing system (RUBS), which uses a formula based on square footage and occupancy, either on their own or in combination. Older buildings can use smart metering technology, but it does require the installation of the meters. This can be done very efficiently during a plumbing retrofit of the building or when plumbing system repairs are required. The Advantages and Challenges The biggest challenge to a landlord in installing smart meters is coordinating the installation for the shorter disruption in water for the tenants. With professionally trained and experienced installation crews, this can be minimal. The advantages to installing the smart meters include benefits to both the landlord and the tenant. For the tenant, the meters ensure they only pay for the water they use, allowing them to implement water conservation steps to lower their bill. For the landlord, the initial cost of the installation of the meters is quickly made up through cost savings. They also add an advertising point for filling vacancies, with many tenants now looking for apartments, condos or manufactured home communities using this water billing system. To find out more about the benefits of adding smart metering technology to an existing building, talk to the team at ABT Water Management. To learn more about the meter and their benefits, see us at abtwater.com. Be the...

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The Importance Of The Correct Water Meter Fittings

Jul 27, 18 The Importance Of The Correct Water Meter Fittings

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Water meters come in a variety of different sizes, types, and models. There are standard water meters which provide a basic analog display and will need to be read at the site of the meter. While these are still available, the smart meters are becoming increasingly popular for submetering as they do not require manual reading and are designed to be extremely low-maintenance meters. Regardless of the type of meter installed, there will also need to be the correct choice of water meter fittings. These fittings allow the meter to connect to the water line on either side of the meter and they have to be correctly matched to both the pipes and the water meter intake and outlet. What to Consider The most common types of water meter fittings are the couplings and the flanges. These are specialized fittings, typically made of brass, which allow the meter the water lines to join. It is important to ensure the brass is lead-free to meet all building and safety code requirements. By using brass, there is limited corrosion in the fitting, even after decades of exposure to water. Additionally, as brass is highly corrosion resistant, there is no leaching of the metal into the water as it passes through the fitting. Using the correct size of water meter fittings will ensure there is a very limited risk of any type of leak at the coupling. Gaskets are used inside the fitting to further reduce any risk of leaking, and these gaskets are typically rubber or similar material, which means they will last as long as the fitting. In some cases, with the use of PEX pipe, additional fittings may be required. The fittings should be used according to the water meter installation guide to ensure the entire system is set up correctly. 1 person likes this...

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Where To Turn For Utility Billing Solutions

Jun 27, 17 Where To Turn For Utility Billing Solutions

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Many residential and commercial property owners, particular on those with large properties and multiple tenants, often never realized the complicated issues of being a landlord. Not only is there a need to ensure tenants are happy, but it is essential to find ways to fairly and equitably share the costs of operating the space, including the costs of water and other utilities. Finding a way to share these costs that doesn’t leave the property owner with the bill but also doesn’t drive away tenants can be a problem. This is where water management companies with state-of-the-art utility billing solutions can be a real asset. The Issues Often the concern from a tenant’s perspective is the fair allocation of the bill. They may be effective at limiting water usage and using water conservation practices, but they see the business next door or the people in the next condo using water all the time and to excess. This creates stress for the tenants as well as for the landlord. However, there are utility billing solutions offered by water management services that can easily solve the problem. Submetering Submetering is not a new concept, but it is one that is increasingly used in multifamily residential buildings as well as across commercial settings. Each unit has a meter and is billed directly for the amount of water used. This allows the tenant who is conserving water to pay a low price, while the company or individual using more water will pay more. The benefit is that the practices for water use can change, creating more water conservation practices to help in keeping bills low for individuals or businesses. In addition to installing the submeters, water management services can also provide complete utility billing solutions. This means online billing and payment processing, allowing you to concentrate on your business. Be the first to...

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A Water Testing Company Gives More Benefits Than You May Think

Jun 01, 17 A Water Testing Company Gives More Benefits Than You May Think

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One of the most important things you can do for your home or business is to have a reliable and good quality water supply. The thing about water, though, is that even though there is so much of it on the planet, only a small percentage of it is actually drinkable. This small percentage of water is subjected to a wide variety of contaminations before it comes out of the taps and showerheads. While it has to pass rigorous testing before it is deemed safe to use, individual water supplies are not tested, and it is still wise to have a water testing company test your water supply. The Importance Of Getting Your Water Tested Do you suspect that there are some unwanted contaminants in your water, or that the water is hard and contains excessive minerals? If so, then turn to a water testing company as soon as possible! In addition, if you are unsure whether or not there is anything undesirable in your water supply, you ought to have it professionally tested just to be on the safe side. This is especially important if you have just moved to a new area, are using water from a private well or are opening up a business such as an apartment complex. Positive Results Of Having Your Water Tested If you get your water tested and treated by a testing company, then you can ensure that nobody gets sick from something in the water. Plus, hard water can be treated so that it is softer. Hard water doesn’t clean things as well as soft water, meaning you have to use more when you are showering and washing dishes, vegetables, etc. Getting your water tested and treated not only helps you save water but prevents damaging mineral buildup inside the pipes. Be the first to...

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Why Confident Utility Companies Outsource to Improve Their Cash Flow

Oct 31, 16 Why Confident Utility Companies Outsource to Improve Their Cash Flow

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Financial officers of companies large and small continuously offer advice that ensuring a positive cash flow is one of the most difficult targets to achieve, yet is essential for the company to remain prosperous. Companies providing utility management services understand that water and electric companies can be great at providing their services, but often fail to master a difficult billing system, reducing cash flow. The key is in knowing what to do about this problem. Why Try to Become an Expert in A Non-Core Subject One of the key essentials for any water and electric company is to source as many customers as possible. The disadvantage of these actions is that you can end up with hundreds of thousands of customers, each requiring individual attention. Every one of those wishes to be treated fairly, which means receiving a correct bill on its due date, habitually. When any of these elements falter, the customer becomes dissatisfied with their service, although it is only the billing side of their business that is failing. Outsourcing the billing system may relieve the utility company of their major difficulties. Every utility business can benefit by finding out what utility management services can do to improve the overall structure of service and delivery, because they do have the benefit of using economies of scale, with so many customers. The cost of outsourcing the billing system for utility companies will cost very little per customer because a high number of customers are paying a very small amount to receive excellent service. Because the relatively small quantity, being paid by hundreds of thousands of customers, amounts to a substantial total of funds available, they can hire the best employees to manage the billing system effectively and efficiently. Losing Control Is Gaining Control When the utility management services take over the billing and other services for water and electric service companies, they may feel they are losing control of their finances, by allowing an outside agency to manage the entire financial cash flow...

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