Benefits of submetering:

In commercial real estate, metering your building is the best way to understand your building performance and the right way to identify ways to improve it. Submetering allows building and facility managers to have visibility into the energy use and performance of their equipment, therefore creating opportunities for energy and capital expenditure savings. As a company whose core business offering and focus is submetering, we often notice property management are not aware of the location of the meters, nor how to properly read them.

That’s where EMS steps in to help! EMS brings more than 39 years of metering experience at the forefront of every energy project and proves time and time again the benefit of submetering a building and most importantly the recovery on utility expenses for our customers. Today, property owners and management companies nationwide are prioritizing sustainability and energy efficiency making managing utility expenses key to achieving peak building performance and meeting climate regulations.

To help property owners and management – we provided a guide to reading water meters below.

How to read the analog register of the water meter:

A water meter is a device that measures the volume of water delivered to a property. Some water meters measure water in gallons while others measure in cubic feet. The water meter will either have an analog (dial) or a digital display.

When reading the analog register, the large hand on the dial can measure water use in either gallons or cubic feet. As the red sweep hand on the dial moves from one number to the next number ( from 0 to 1), it is measuring one gallon, therefore one complete rotation equals 10 gallons or 10 cubic feet. Analog dials usually have a low-flow indicator that turns as water moves through the water meter. This looks like a small triangle, star or gear and is a leak detector.

As an example, lets read the water meter analog register pictured below.  As the red sweep hand on the dial is on the “4” the meter would be 1,023,674 gallons. The sweep hand should be the final digit in the reading and should replace the static “0”.

(Example of Analog Register)

 

How to read the digital display register of the water meter:

The digital meter register will require some light for activation, so shine a light on it to read it. The display meter register alternates between the meter read and the flow rate.

  • The meter read is the gallons or cubic feet of utility used.
  • The flow rate is the number of gallons or cubic feet per minute flowing through the water meter.

(Example of Digital Display, E-Coder Register)

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