electricity meter reading and monitoring
Upgrading to larger televisions, charging up today’s smartphone and tablet devices, loosing refrigerant in an HVAC system – all of these items contribute to an increase in residential electricity consumption. Consequently, it’s no wonder why electricity usage is on the rise, but Commercial Water & Energy (CWE) can help residents learn how to conserve and property owners accurately recapture this utility expense.
Commercial Water & Energy works with a variety of electric meter manufacturers and electric meter installation companies. It is through these partnerships and extensive industry experience that CWE is able to consult with property owners and advise them on the best technology for their residential or commercial multi-tenant property applications. Before installation can begin, it is important to understand how electricity is measured and what types of electric meters are available on the market to choose from.
How Electricity is Measured
A residence or commercial business receives electricity through power lines from a utility company. The amount of electricity one receives is measured by Watts. The accumulation of one thousand Watts is known as a kilowatt. When one thousand Watts of power are used in one hour, it is referred to as a kilowatt-hour (kWh), which is typically how the electric utility is billed.
Types of Electric Meters
There are several types of electronic meters available. Some are read monthly across electrical wires, while others transmit data every few seconds using wireless technology. Standard analog electric meters consist of a set of small gears and when a home draws current from the power lines, these gears rotate. The number of revolutions is recorded by the dials that are visible on the clock-like face of the meter. The speed of the revolutions depends on the amount of current drawn; the more power consumed at any one instant, the faster the gears will rotate. Digital electric meters measure input voltage using an analog-to-digital converter (ADC). Remote meters (or automated meters) work similar to digital meters, except they can transmit data by telephone line, radio, receiver, cellular (GPRS) device, power line, or wireless network.
Let Commercial Water & Energy Company help you determine the most cost-effective electric meters for your multi-tenant property. From cost recovery to resource conservation, we’ll work with you to develop and implement a solution that will support property managers and residents alike. Call us toll free at 1-888-77-METER today.
Four easy steps separate you from implementing quality utility expense management and cost recovery solutions within your multi-tenant property. One: establish the right utility billing format – full, partial, or ratio utility billing (RUB). Two: install wireless meter reading products by licensed professionals. Three: meter data is transmitted into utility billing software and prepared for billing. Four: your billing register and consumption reports are made available online on Commercial Water & Energy’s Property Management Executive Dashboard™. Get started now; contact us today!