In a retrofit environment, submetering is not mandatory, however, the Government of Ontario had a target of having 800,000 smart meters installed by December 31, 2007 and to have smart meters installed for all Ontario consumers by 2010. Building owners and condominium corporations have the choice to install these systems. Choosing to install a submetering system today creates a fair user-pay environment and makes a more energy conscious multi-residential community.
Furthermore, the regulations of the Energy Conservation Leadership Act revealed that the decision to submeter will be up to the board of directors and building owners. For condominium corporations, this means there is no need for a vote, allowing the Board of Directors to decide what is an appropriate decision for the building.
What is bulk metering and submetering?
Bulk metering means the local distribution company (LDC) supplies electricity, water and/or natural gas to the facility, consumption is measured by one meter and the facility receives one bill. The total utility cost is then allocated based on a unit square footage basis. Actual individual unit consumption is not taken into account.
Submetering involves measuring each unit’s energy usage and billing each Resident accordingly. The facility still receives one bill from the LDC, reflecting the total usage for the building.
What are the benefits of submetering?
- Submetering is the single most cost effective way to remove in-suite utility costs from the buildings operating budget.
- A user pay model encourages long term conservation.
- Residents are empowered and can control monthly utility bills.
- Building Managers can accurately budget common area utility costs.