Submetering for Mobile Home Parks

What is Submetering?

Utility Submetering involves installing equipment to measure and bill individual units’ portion of a master-metered utility. Submetering has been saving property owners money since the early 1920s.
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What are the benefits of Water Submetering?

There are several benefits of water submetering, including:
  • Improved Water Management: By accurately measuring and tracking water usage, submetering identifies leaks or other issues with a property’s plumbing or water system. This saves money on water bills and prevents costly damage to the property.
  • Accurate Resident Billing: Submetering allows property owners or managers to accurately bill residents for their actual water usage, which reduces water waste and increases revenue.
  • Increased Property Value: In some cases, submetering helps reduce overall water usage and expenses for a property, which improves its financial performance.
  • Improved Resident Satisfaction:  Submetering ensures that residents are charged for their actual water use, which prevents billing disputes and promotes overall satisfaction.
Overall, water submetering provides a range of benefits for property owners or managers, including improved water management, accurate billing, and utility cost savings.
Mobile Home Park Submetering

140 Mobile Homes in New Mexico
Submetering Case Study

In this case study, the investor was paying $26,400 in unrecovered water and sewer expenses annually. After partnering with NES to install submeters at each mobile home lot and implementing a submetered billing system for the residents, the investor’s annual out-of-pocket water and sewer expense dropped 99%, from $26,400 to just $264.

This represents 100x savings for this property’s water utility expenses that the investor will pay.

130 Mobile Homes in Texas
Submetering Study

In Texas, water and sewer expenses can be a significant cost for mobile home parks. One investor with a 130-unit park was paying $120,000 per year in water and sewer costs. By installing submeters, they were able to reduce these expenses by 30% simply in leak detection and reduction of usage since residents noticed submeters were being installed. After implementing resident billing, the property’s water expenses were further reduced to $6,600 per year. The investor is still responsible for paying this amount, which covers the water used in the park’s common areas. Overall, the submetering program helped the investor save significantly on their water and sewer expenses.

Submetering saved this investor 30% by simply installing submeters.

After implementing resident billing, the investor saved 95% of the water expenses at the park.

That’s over $113,000 a year in increased revenue for the property.

What is RUBS and how can it help Mobile Home Parks that can’t be metered?

RUBS, or Ratio Utility Billing System, is a method of allocating water and sewer costs among residents in a multi-unit property. It is typically used in properties where it is not feasible or cost-effective to install individual meters for each unit, such as older buildings or properties with shared plumbing systems.
Under a RUBS system, NES calculates the water and sewer usage for each unit based on the total water usage for the property. This is based on factors such as the number of occupants, the number and type of appliances, and the property’s square footage. The total cost is then divided among the individual units according to a predetermined ratio.
RUBS can help real estate that can’t be submetered by providing a fair and equitable way to allocate water and sewer expenses among residents. It can also help reduce water waste and improve the property’s overall water management.

Does Submetering have regulations?

Yes, submetering is regulated by various state and local laws. These regulations typically govern issues such as the installation and maintenance of submeters, the accuracy of the meters, and the billing of residents for their water usage. The regulations governing submetering can vary depending on the location and type of property, so it is important for property owners or managers to familiarize themselves with the relevant laws in their area if they choose to submeter without NES.

Can NES Submeter and Bill my large property?

NES is one of the largest submetering companies in the United States that provides services in more than 42 states. We specialize in properties with more than 100 units and have a team of experts to handle large projects efficiently and professionally. NES Compliance team keeps up with state and county regulations, and they offer in-house customer support. The company’s president and owner is also a board member of the Utility Management & Conservation Association, which gives him access to best practices in the industry. By choosing NES, property owners can protect themselves from liability and benefit from their expertise.

Learn more about submetering your mobile home park:

Mobile Home Park Unversity recently interviewed NES President, Jerry Baker, about his mobile home parks and the benefits of submetering your park.


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