Submetering Reduces Resident Water Usage

Many people are surprised to find out how much water the average person uses. Estimates vary but each person uses about 80 – 100 gallons of water per day.

The largest use of household water is to flush the toilet followed by taking a shower or bath. Submetering promotes conservation within a community. When residents pay for their actual usage, they can take the necessary steps to reduce their individual bills.

Is It Time For Your Community To Invest In New Toilets?

Many people don’t know you can test your toilet for a secret leak in three easy steps and in less than 20 minutes.

1. Put 10 drops of food coloring in the tank.
2. Don’t flush for 15 minutes.
3. If the colored water shows up in the bowl, you have a leak.

Encourage your residents to report leaks as soon as they are spotted. If leaks are happening more and more, it’s time to consider new toilets or retrofitting your current hardware.

Utility Billing Program Goals

When choosing the right billing method for your multifamily community, there are three key factors to consider: 

  1. Do I want to measure individual usage or allocate expenses across the community?
  2. What is my expense recovery goal?
  3. What is allowed within city and state regulatory guidelines?

Reducing consumption and expense is something we can all do more of together!

Central Boiler Systems and Recapturing Gas Costs

Are you installing a central boiler system? If yes, each unit must have a single entry point for both cold water and hot water with shut off valves. If you are not installing a central system, you will only need a single meter for each unit. Make sure the meter is easily accessible. Typically, next to or above the hot water tank is the best location for optimal performance. If you are using gas to heat the boiler, make sure you meter everything so you can recapture gas costs associated with the water systems.