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Title: Pros and cons of apartment complex submetering

Abstract

Mastermetering was popular when energy costs were low, but landlords can no longer raise rents fast enough to keep up with rising utility costs. Individual metering and submetering are a growing trend in Texas in order to regulate cash flow and keep rents competitive. Individual metering encourages conservation, but reduces the owner's incentives to improve building efficiency. Owners may not have the capital to cover submetering costs. A variety of heating and cooling monitors, volumetric meters, time meters, temperature monitors, and contract submetering are among the available options. The Residential Utility Billing System, which charges tenants a fixed rent plus an energy bill, retains mastermetering, but allows a square foot surcharge for energy use. Two studies show less energy is used with submetering. (DCK)

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Univ. of Texas, Austin
OSTI Identifier:
6866403
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Energy User News; (United States)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 7:32
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; APARTMENT BUILDINGS; POWER METERS; MASTER METERING; COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS; BUILDINGS; ELECTRIC MEASURING INSTRUMENTS; ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT; EQUIPMENT; MEASURING INSTRUMENTS; METERING; METERS; RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS; 320101* - Energy Conservation, Consumption, & Utilization- Residential Buildings- (-1987); 291000 - Energy Planning & Policy- Conservation

Citation Formats

Reichelt, G, and Jones, J. Pros and cons of apartment complex submetering. United States: N. p., 1982. Web.
Reichelt, G, & Jones, J. Pros and cons of apartment complex submetering. United States.
Reichelt, G, and Jones, J. 1982. "Pros and cons of apartment complex submetering". United States.
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author = {Reichelt, G and Jones, J},
abstractNote = {Mastermetering was popular when energy costs were low, but landlords can no longer raise rents fast enough to keep up with rising utility costs. Individual metering and submetering are a growing trend in Texas in order to regulate cash flow and keep rents competitive. Individual metering encourages conservation, but reduces the owner's incentives to improve building efficiency. Owners may not have the capital to cover submetering costs. A variety of heating and cooling monitors, volumetric meters, time meters, temperature monitors, and contract submetering are among the available options. The Residential Utility Billing System, which charges tenants a fixed rent plus an energy bill, retains mastermetering, but allows a square foot surcharge for energy use. Two studies show less energy is used with submetering. (DCK)},
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url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/6866403}, journal = {Energy User News; (United States)},
number = ,
volume = 7:32,
place = {United States},
year = {1982},
month = {8}
}