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Submeter – the best way to track utility use

By Jack Subscribe to RSS | June 19th 2012 | Views:

Say there are 10 families in the building that you stay in. At the end of every month you divide the total utility bill among all of you and pay it off. But are you sure that you are paying a fair share of the total bill? You know that there is one family in the building that has the habit of using a lot of electricity and gas. You know that when you pay your share at the end of the month you also pay a share of what that family uses. You are not happy about it but cannot do anything. But now there is a way you can ensure that each family pays as per their share. This is through an electric submeter. A submeter can be installed for each family and it can measure what each family should pay.

How does the submeter work? It has a very simple mechanism. You get a device that you are supposed to use with the main meter. For the 10 families in the building 10 such devices will need to be bought. Each of these devices will then connect with the utility lines of each of the families. While the electric submeter will measure the use of electricity, there can be other devices for measuring the use of water and gas. At the end of the month every family will get to see their individual usage data and can pay the appropriate part of the total bill.

An electric submeter or a water or gas submeter has become essential in those buildings where there are multiple families. If not anything they can stop any fights erupting in future. There could be situations where one family will accuse another of using more utility and an ugly fight may start. But with these devices everyone will know about their share of the utility bills and there will be utter clarity. No fights and no altercations because people will be aware of what they owe individually.

Once you get the electric submeter or water or gas submeter installed in your building you will find that people have become more prudent in using utility. The family that used to consume a lot of water would suddenly start using less. The family that used to keep the TV on throughout the day woulld suddenly put a stop to the practice. The family that used loads of gas would now start using the microwave more.

The best part of these modern devices is that they can track utility use in real time. So every time you look at the reading you know that it is the reading as of that moment. So, in a month where you see that your electricity use has shot up you can immediately curb it. The modern electric submeter or water or gas submeter also comes with a software application that you can use on your PC or laptop to track usage. These devices actually create a win-win situation for all.

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With an electric submeter it is possible to track individual utility use. A submeter is essential in buildings with multiple families.

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