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Retail Utility Submetering

As tenants become more sophisticated and both owners and tenants seek to manage costs as effectively as possible, submetering properties with master-metered utilities or retrofitting centers with older, manually read submeters becomes an advantageous investment.

American Water & Energy Savers has the solution with the installation of a state-of-the-art wireless submetering system. With this system, AWES is reading meters daily with an actual review of that history twice a month allowing for timely discovery of any consumption anomalies such as vacant usage or tenants’ malfunctioning equipment which is then reported to management. They can literally provide tenants with daily consumption if needed. Daily readings also allows AWES to compare consumption reported via the master meters to that reported via the submeters which may reveal discrepancies that could be due to underground leaks, incorrect master meter estimating, etc. This ability has resulted in the owner saving thousands of dollars. AWES can take over monthly billing of all master-metered utilities such as water/sewer, gas, electric, plus trash.

All AWES needs to get started is one month's worth of the utility bills (depending on what you are choosing to submeter) covering the entire property, a site plan or link to website with site plan that includes names of tenants and a list of tenants that are currently on their own city service being directly billed by the municipality and any other information that may be relevant to the utility being submetered. They will then schedule a survey of the property, which will entail an individual inspection of each tenant’s bay that is to be submetered.

Features

  • 1. Our system is a Hexagram AMR (automated meter reading) system that does not require any manual reads, with Neptune meters which use state-of-the-art encoder technology vs. pulse technology which is far more reliable and accurate. There are three components to the system – the meter, the transmitter attached to the meter and the data collection unit which receives the transmitted meter readings and then downloads them to our database every night. Each space/tenant to be submetered has a meter with transmitter. Each property has one data collection unit. The data collection unit is typically located within a mechanical/riser room that is centrally located on the property and it operates with normal power via a 110V (non-GFI) outlet and cellular service which American Water & Energy Savers sets up and maintains.
  • 2. The system reads the meters on a daily basis.
  • 3. On the 10th and 20th of each month the software checks every meter point that we monitor for any consumption anomalies. If a tenant's meter is indicating any kind of substantial swing one way or the other, we immediately report it to management so they can inform the tenant. This gives the tenant the opportunity to address the situation in a timely fashion and avoid a high water bill.
  • 4. With daily readings, we can compare our aggregate submeter readings for the center against the master meter(s) readings as billed by the municipality for the exact time period allowing us to red flag any major discrepancies between our meter readings and those of the municipality. This has resulted in detecting underground leaks, incorrect estimating in some cities like Atlanta, etc. driving significant savings for our customers.
  • 5. We do not charge for additional customer support for our billing customers (unlike many competitors) unless we have to send techs to the site. We can give you countless customer references that will attest to the fact that we go above and beyond on behalf of our customers at no charge.
  • 6. The tenants pay the monthly billing fee, not the owner.

Benefits

  • 1. Reduces CAM, administrative costs and allocation headaches.
  • 2. Improves cash flow, greatly increases recapture of total costs and improves tenant relations.
  • 3. State-of-the-art RF metering system with wireless meters that monitor consumption daily.
  • 4. Premier billing program that includes collections (on average 95% - one of the highest in the industry), sending out proceeds checks, customer service and monthly management reports.
  • 5. Individual tenant consumption is monitored so abnormal usage can be reported to management prior to the end of a billing cycle.... this includes vacant usage.
  • 6. Master water bills reported consumption is compared to submeter consumption for the same time period to catch discrepancies caused by such things underground leaks, incorrect estimating, etc.
  • 7. Billing costs are passed through to the tenant as a processing/monitoring fee in their monthly bill.
  • 8. AWES becomes a 3rd party billing entity for the owner’s other master-billed costs such as trash. Please keep in mind anything that AWES can bill directly can help reduce CAM.

Equipment


Large Commercial / High Volume Meters

Sensus Fire Line Water Meter
Sensus Omni Turbine Water Meter
Sensus Turbine Water Meter
Neptune Commercial Meter


Water

Master Meter Multi-Jets (5/8", 3/4" and 1")
Master Meter Multi-Jets (1 1/2" and 2")
Master Meter Flexibel Axis Meters

A.W.W.A. STANDARDS - The American Water Works Association has set standards that the industry believes all meters should meet. Some meters being sold on the marketplace today do not meet these standards and are, therefore, more prone to problems and a shorter life expectancy. American Water chooses its meters accordingly.


Electric

OSC SOLID-CORE CURRENT TRANSFORMERS
OSC ENERGY SCOUT+ WATTHOUR METER MODEL ESP2
OSC ENERGY SCOUT+ WATTHOUR METER MODEL ESP3-354EDM-N
OSC SPLIT-CORE CURRENT TRANSFORMERS


Gas

Actaris METRIS Gas meter


Wireless RF AMR (automatic meter reading) Systems

Hexagram Fixed Network Wireless AMR Systems
Hexagram Submetering Modules
Hexagram Submetering Data Collection Units

Successful Stories

 

Batson-Cook Development Company

We have been very pleased with both the savings realized by the use of AWES sub-metering systems and with the lightened workload on our property managers not having to read meters and reconcile against utility bills on a monthly basis. Read More»

Regency Centers Dallas Fort Worth

We have used American Water & Energy Savers at several of our Dallas/Forth Worth properties for a number of years Read More»

Kimco Realty - Orlando, FL

AWES has the highest of recommendations regarding their professionalism and ability to install, wirelessly read, and bill for water usage. Read More»

Kimco Realty - Florida Region

As the Director of Property Management for Kimco's Florida Region for the past 18 years there are only a few companies/contractors that I would rate as "A+". Read More»

Inland Western Retail Real Estate Trust, Inc

I would highly recommend them, as my recovery for water alone at one center has gone from 10% to 80%. Read More»

Regency Centers Raleigh, NC

I have been extremely happy with American Water and Energy since I first started working with Michael in early 2007. Read More»

Announcements

 

Looking for a cost effective alternative to submetering

Looking for a cost effective alternative to submetering that equitably bills tenants based on consumption vs. square footage? AWES’ estimated billing service TABS is used by various owners including RPAI, Equity One, DLC Management, RED Development, The Shopping Center Group and others. Read More»

Batson-Cook Development Company

We have been very pleased with both the savings realized by the use of AWES sub-metering systems and with the lightened workload on our property managers not having to read meters and reconcile against utility bills on a monthly basis. Read More»

TABS Helps Shopping Center With Direct Billing

We have been utilizing American Water & Energy Savers’ TABS system for over a year. This system helps us direct-bill shopping center tenants where there are no separate water sub meters to calculate the exact usage of each occupant. Read More»

Regency Centers Dallas Fort Worth

We have used American Water & Energy Savers at several of our Dallas/Forth Worth properties for a number of years Read More»

Kimco Realty - Orlando, FL

AWES has the highest of recommendations regarding their professionalism and ability to install, wirelessly read, and bill for water usage. Read More»

Kimco Realty - Florida Region

As the Director of Property Management for Kimco's Florida Region for the past 18 years there are only a few companies/contractors that I would rate as "A+". Read More»

Inland Western Retail Real Estate Trust, Inc

I would highly recommend them, as my recovery for water alone at one center has gone from 10% to 80%. Read More»

Regency Centers Raleigh, NC

I have been extremely happy with American Water and Energy since I first started working with Michael in early 2007. Read More»

Westdale Success Story

"In 2008, we purchased a property that was a water hog using over 2 million gallons a month. With the city of Atlanta having one of the most expensive water rates in the country and with more increases to come, we had to do something. AWES came in, identified the problem, and offered a cost effective solution to reduce our monthly water bill. Since the installation, we have saved over 4.3 million gallons of water and approximately $72k in the first three months. At this rate, our payback will be less than 12 months! Because of the success of this one property, AWES in now looking at all of our properties in Atlanta."

Josh Tucker
Financial Analyst
Westdale Asset Management Read More»

Geller Associates Property Retrofits

"Working with AWES has been an extreme pleasure. From start to finish of the project, it was seamless and smooth. I would recommend anyone to use AWES to improve their property and reduce their utility costs."

Adam Geller
Principal
Geller Associates Read More»




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