What is a metering strategy?
A company might have a metering strategy, to ensure all buildings are switched from analogue meters to meters with the capability to automate readings. This will avoid estimated invoices and the company will have a clear understanding of their energy spend and will be able to control it accordingly.
The difference between a smart meter and an automated meter reading (AMR) is that smart meters have two way communication; however an AMR meter only communicates from the customer to the energy supplier.
A smart meter is for domestic and small business and will help the consumer track energy use, showing you how much energy has been used in real-time and how much it’s its cost.
At ginger energy we can provide a number of metering solutions for building owners, landlords and block managers.
What is the difference between metering and submetering?
The difference between metering and sub metering is metering would typically refer to the building’s primary supply meter. This meter would be owned and maintained by the energy industry rather than the building owner or manager and the readings obtained from this meter would be used by the energy supplier to calculate charges and produce invoices to the building’s owner.
A sub meter is installed by the building’s owner or manager and measures consumption drawn in certain areas of a building, as the main supply meter will only provide a measure of the entire building’s usage and not the zoned areas.
Examples of where sub metering would be used is to measure the consumption within a tenant’s apartment or office space or it may measure the consumption on each floor of a block or in a certain part of a factory.
Sub metering is is installed by the building owner or manager for billing purposes and to enable them to produce fair accurate billing to their tenants who share the mains supply.
Without a sub meter the building owner or manager would be forced to share the consumption from the main meter using more rudimental techniques such as allocating against square footage. This can often result in high overall consumption caused by tenants not being accountable for usage and complaints from tenants who consider themselves low users, who are being unfairly burdened with usage which is out of their control.
Therefore, it is preferable for the building owner or managing agent to measure the exact consumption for each consumer by fitting a privately installed sub meter network.
Ginger Energy works with a number of partners who provide submetering.
Our metering services team will project manage and work with clients to ensure they have the most appropriate sub meters. The team also work with energy suppliers to fit new connections and arrange for de-energisations and meter upgrades.
What is metering equipment?
Metering equipment is installed to measure volumes of electricity or gas is known as an energy metering system. This can include; voltage transformers, current transformers, meters, the wires and connections between them plus connections required to transmit the data.