FIVE FAQS ABOUT UTILITY SUBMETERING
Submetering provides a way for property managers, developers, and tenants to measure energy consumption. Submetering reports provide a way of billing tenants and analyzing energy efficiency.
1. What is submetering?
Each property has a meter for recording utility usage. The collected information is then billed to the property owner or manager.
Submetering is beneficial for tenants and property managers looking to monitor, improve, and save on energy consumption.
With submetering, the energy consumption of the building is measured for each suite and billed individually. Each tenant is able to pay for their own measured utility usage instead of paying a part of the shared cost. Without submetering, tenants receive no knowledge of utility consumption. With submetering, billing is transparent and equitable, while still maintaining privacy between suites.
Once installed, the meter begins monitoring and sending data to an energy management software. The meters are read remotely, receiving information every 15 minutes. Both property managers and tenants can self-monitor usage for financial and energy conservation purposes.
2. What are the advantages of submetering?
Submetering provides transparency in energy efficiency and energy consumption. Information gathered from reports can be used to increase tenant satisfaction and control energy costs.
Advantages include, but aren’t limited to:
- Measuring, verifying and benchmarking for LEED energy credits
- Visibility and accuracy in energy consumption
- Providing data in CO2 emissions and kWh dollars
- A transparent and fair approach to tenant billing
- Energy usage comparisons by day, week, month or year, and across equipment
- Diagnostic functions to identify inefficient or failing equipment
- An analytical software providing information about consumption habits and peak times
Energy costs can be managed by both tenants and property managers for existing buildings. Property developers can use submetering to cut costs effectively at the beginning of a new project.
3. What kind of submetering products can I get?
Submetering products are available for residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. Hamdon provides a wide range of Canadian and US manufactured products to find the option best suited for your property.
Hamdon provides systems for electricity, water, gas, and thermal submetering. All meters are calibrated and sealed to Measurement Canada standards for billing purposes.
Hamdon supplies electricity submetering products for tenant billing, LEED, and energy management as a Quadlogic distributor. Transformers and digital socket meters are available, as well as other suitable or requested products. In each individual case, assistance is provided to ensure the right transformers are selected for the project.
Water submetering applications include management of large loads, such as irrigation and cooling systems, as well as stand-alone or automated systems. Any installed meters follow NSF-61 compliance for consumption. Hamdon can also integrate new water systems with existing meters.
Gas submetering is tailored to BTU load, pipe size and pressure, along with other calculations such as temperature. Hamdon provides assistance in selecting the right gas meter and communication options.
Thermal submetering products can be used to measure heat generation or the effectiveness of heat and cooling systems. Hamdon supplies stand-alone meters for integration into your current system or complete thermal submetering systems to meet EN-1434 compliance standards.
All submetering products help achieve the goals of financial stability, profitability and rate stabilization for clients.
4. How do I get a Measurement Canada Accreditation?
Hamdon offers project management services with Measurement Canada accredited meter services providers.
After discussing project goals, a unique plan is developed for each project. The plan includes an audit of existing equipment for the initial design. After the initial plan is developed, the team develops a material and labor budget with product and service recommendations and comparisons. Specification writing and system draws are produced.
Before the project launches, the team obtains a registration with Measurement Canada.
On implementation, Hamdon’s project managers will facilitate Measurement Canada accredited meter testing, installation, and verification.
In addition, 3rd party meter testing services for re-verification or accuracy testing of existing meters is provided through Hamdon.
5. Why work with Hamdon?
Hamdon Submetering is local to Edmonton, Alberta. Hamdon develops and maintains sustainable relationships with all clients, no matter the size of the project. Hamdon will be there to offer support from the beginning and ensure clients feel comfortable and confident even after the submetering system is installed.
Hamdon provides free on-site troubleshooting for any problems and can reach the site within a few hours. Contractors, developers, and managers can contact the president directly to keep a peace of mind as they complete or manage their projects.
Hamdon is committed to serving the local community and promoting cost-effective utility options for sustainable growth and development.