Submetering Systems and Services
There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to submetering systems and services for residential or commercial multi-unit properties. DDM will meet with property management to determine your goals:
- Utility Cost Recovery
- Equitable Allocation
- Reduction in HOA fees
- Commercial “After-Hours” or “Over-Standard” Usage Recovery
We inspect the physical location to determine if submetering is a viable, cost-effective solution for your property.
In business since 1996, DDM has established relationships with top metering and remote system manufacturers in order to offer you the most cost-effective solution for your facility. Submetering systems include both the actual electric, water or gas meters, and the technology to read the meters remotely through modem or internet. Our written proposal will clearly outline all costs for the installation of a working system.
When you decide to move forward, we act as your Project Manager to oversee installation of the system. You get timely project reports along the way, and can relax knowing that the project is being fully handled by expert professionals.
For our commercial clients, we set up a custom billing system based on the requirements of your master lease.
For our Multi-Tenant properties, tenants are billed monthly for their individual usage from the metering data received from the metering system. We are also able to calculate charges based on Ratio Utility Billing System (RUBS) in cases where submetering is not possible or cost-prohibitive.
All of our systems transmit meter readings daily that are stored for at least a year. That gives DDM a powerful diagnostic tool for any unexplained variance in usage. We promptly investigate questions from residents and help resolve complaints. If you already have a system in place but are not satisfied with your current service, DDM is able to take over both the reading/billing and service maintenance.
Billing is set up in our online billing system. By using a simple login to the DDM website at ddmmeter.com, residents can see their current and past invoices. Each bill will include a beginning and ending reading as well as the utility rates. Online access is also available to property management for a full array of reports and summaries.
As energy and water prices continue to rise along with overloaded electric grids and increasingly severe water droughts, submetering is one of the most effective and equitable methods of energy conservation. Studies prove that when residents are responsible for paying for their own utilities, a powerful incentive is created to conserve electric, water and gas usage in order to save money.
When metered individually, residents have an incomparable tool to monitor and control their actual usage, motivating them to decrease consumption. Submetering is the fairest method of cost allocation, where conservative residents no longer subsidize large users.
DDM works closely with our clients to educate and motivate residents about conservation. Working together, communities can save money and resources at once.