Submetering & RUBS Utility Company in Tampa Bay-St. Petersburg-Clearwater

Tampa Bay Apartment Complex
Submetering your apartment or condominium complex in Tampa can save you thousands of dollars per year.

National Exemption Service (NES) is a nationally ranked submetering and RUBS company located in Safety Harbour, Florida. NES handles all types of properties – from Apartments to Condominiums to Student Housing. NES strictly handles properties with more than 100 units due to the robust infrastructure NES has setup. NES is one of only a few submetering and RUBS companies in the United States that are capable of onboarding a property with 500 to 2,000 units in a few days. NES has a dedicated in house customer service team, compliance department, and service team. Working with a local company that has been around for decades means that your portfolio will be looked after with the best of care. If you need a Submetering or RUBS Utility Billing quote for your Tampa property, please fill out the form below.

What is Submetering?

Submetering involves the installation of equipment to measure and bill each unit’s water/sewer, gas and electric use. Submetering has been used since it was invented in the early 1920’s.

What are the benefits of Submetering?

When a property takes advantage of submetering, it raises consumer awareness, users work harder to conserve, therefore reducing overall consumption dramatically. We typically see around 30% water savings. The real estate owner is able to save money since the tenants pay for the water they used. Common area water usage can be accurately measured and billed accordingly. The return on the investment is usually seen within 12 months.

Tampa Bay Downtown
Downtown Tampa is a Submetering friendly city. NES actively Submeters in Tampa.

What type of real estate is Submetered?

All types of real estate can be submetered. We serve both new construction and existing properties, those with equipment in place and those requiring equipment. Properties types include apartment communities, mobile home parks, townhomes, condominiums and shopping centers. We specialize in properties with 100+ multifamily units.

What is RUBS and how can it help real estate that can’t be metered?

RUBS is an acronym for Ratio Utility Billing System. RUBS uses formulas to allocate utility costs for water/sewer, gas, and electricity when submetering is not an option or if your investment dollars can be better utilized elsewhere. We have a variety of RUB options to choose from and our team will outline them in accordance with your goals.

How important are Submetering regulations?

Submetering regulations are very important. The laws and regulations regarding submetering multi-family properties change frequently. If you plan on Submetering your own real estate, we highly recommend staying up to date with the latest regulations. Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater can each have varying regulations.

National Exemption Service ( is one of the largest Submetering companies in the USA. National Exemption Service (NES) President & Owner is also a voluntary board member of the Utility Management & Conservation Association which makes him privy to best practices in the industry. This article is updated with the most recent regulations that Florida real estate owners need to know. NES currently provides submetering services to real estate in Tampa and most places in the United States.

6 Things To Look For In A Water Submetering Company

When choosing a submetering company for your commercial or residential properties, it’s important to consider the following:

Water Meters
Submetering in Tampa requires attention to unique laws and regulations.
  1. History of the submetering company and ownership
  2. Type of meters the submetering company offers
  3. Cost of meters (Many companies markup over 50%)
  4. Length of warranty offered on meters
  5. 24/7 Auto leak detection
  6. Ease of payment portal and autopay for tenants


About National Exemption Service

NES is an American owned and operated company since 1988. Submetering has changed dramatically since the 80’s, new meters are state of the art wireless devices that report usage back on a daily basis. NES can provide a warranty to landlords that covers all mechanical issues related to the meter. Unlike competitors, NES sells or leases the meters at cost which is unheard of in the submetering business. NES has a state of the art online portal for tenants to pay their bills at any time and a bilingual in-house customer service department.


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