Mobile Home Park Submetering: A Comprehensive Guide to Managing Utility Costs


Mobile Home Park Submetering
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In mobile home park management, one of the most significant challenges is managing and reducing utility costs. This is especially true for mobile home parks, where utility expenses can quickly add up. One effective solution to solve this challenge is submetering or RUBS. In this comprehensive guide, we will look into the world of mobile home park submetering, exploring its benefits, how it works, and why it’s a game-changer for property managers.

Understanding the Concept of Submetering

Submetering is a system where each mobile home has a meter to measure utility consumption. Submeters can measure water, gas, or electricity. The primary purpose of submetering is to allocate utility costs based on actual consumption, to the resident. This process promotes fairness among residents and encourages conservation.

The Importance of Water Submetering in Mobile Home Parks

The most common form of submetering is water submetering. Water is typically the most expensive utility for a mobile home park. Traditionally, water costs are absorbed by the park owner, which can become a costly expense as water rates increase over time.

By implementing water submetering, each mobile home is billed by NES based on its actual water consumption. This not only ensures fairness but also encourages residents to conserve water, knowing that their efforts will directly reduce their water bills.

The Role of Utility Management in Mobile Home Parks

Effective utility management goes beyond just installing submeters. It involves monitoring utility usage, identifying and addressing issues promptly, and ensuring accurate and timely billing. This is where National Exemption Service (NES) comes in.

NES is a leading submetering and utility management company that specializes in water, gas, and electric submetering. With over 53 years of experience in the industry, NES provides comprehensive utility management services, including utility billing and collections, to help property managers effectively manage their utility costs.

RUBS Billing: An Alternative to Submetering

While submetering is the most effective solution, it may not always be feasible due to the high installation costs or the structural limitations of some properties. In such cases, Ratio Utility Billing Systems (RUBS) can be a viable alternative.

RUBS is a method of allocating utility costs among residents based on factors such as the number of occupants, square footage, or a combination of both. Although it doesn’t measure actual usage like submetering, RUBS still encourages conservation and helps property managers recover utility costs without any upfront investment.

The Impact of Submetering on Water Conservation

One of the most significant benefits of submetering is its impact on water conservation. By billing residents for their actual water usage, submetering encourages responsible water use. This not only helps reduce the property’s overall water consumption but also contributes to environmental sustainability.

The Cost Efficiency of Submetering in Mobile Home Parks

Implementing submetering in mobile home parks is a cost-efficient solution. While there is an initial cost involved in installing the submeters, the long-term savings in utility costs can quickly offset this expense. Also, NES offers submetering financing for qualifying properties which results in instant utility savings without a huge out-of-pocket expense.

Sustainable Property Management with Submetering

Submetering plays a crucial role in sustainable property management. By promoting utility conservation and ensuring fair billing, submetering helps reduce the rising operation expenses of a mobile home park and reduces water usage. This not only benefits the residents but also enhances the property’s value, making it more attractive to potential residents.

Submetering is the Answer

In the face of rising utility costs, mobile home park submetering offers a practical and effective solution. By implementing submetering, property managers can promote utility conservation, ensure fair billing, and significantly reduce their utility expenses. However, successful submetering requires more than just installing meters. It requires effective utility management, which includes monitoring utility usage, ensuring accurate billing, and addressing issues quickly.

National Exemption Service (NES) offers comprehensive submetering and utility management services, making it easy for property managers to implement and manage submetering in their mobile home parks. NES can provide customized solutions that meet the specific needs of each property.

Moreover, in situations where submetering may not be possible, alternative solutions like Ratio Utility Billing Systems (RUBS) can be implemented. RUBS allows for the allocation of utility costs based on factors like the number of occupants or square footage, promoting conservation and helping property managers recover utility costs.

Ultimately, the goal of mobile home park submetering is to create a fair and sustainable living environment and reduce consumption. By encouraging utility conservation and ensuring that residents are billed for their actual usage, submetering contributes to environmental sustainability and promotes responsible utility usage.

Mobile home park submetering is more than just a strategy for managing utility costs. It’s a tool for promoting fairness, conservation, and sustainability. It’s a solution that benefits everyone – the residents, the property managers and landlords, and the environment.

Why NES?

NES is one of the largest submetering companies in the United States that specializes in properties with more than 100 units. Our team of experts can manage large projects efficiently and professionally, keeping up with all state and county regulations. Our president and owner, who is also a board member of the Utility Management & Conservation Association, brings best industry practices to our operations.
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