Submetering as an Effective Conservation Tool

With ever increasing utility rates becoming the norm, conservation is becoming essential. Natural gas, electricity and water have all experienced rapid rate increases over the last several years. With ever increasing demand there is no reason to believe the cost will not continue to rise. A pro-active conservation stance is becoming a necessity!

Submetering savings persist over time. Submetering savings have proven to be maintainable over long periods of time as demonstrated in a number of studies. Some likely reasons are: (a) that conservation is reinforced each month by the resident’s receipt of a utility bill; and (b) residents will invest in efficiency (e.g., more efficient lighting, small appliances, water saving devices) because they will reap the benefits directly.

A few case studies follow where UMS installed a water submetering system: