Electric sub meters are a great tool for landlords to monitor and bill their tenants for their electricity usage. These sub meters are installed on the main electrical supply of a building and measure the amount of electricity used by each individual unit or tenant. This allows landlords to charge each tenant based on their individual usage, rather than dividing the total electricity bill among all tenants. Prepaid sub meters work by requiring tenants to purchase a certain amount of electricity credits, which are then used to pay for their usage. Once the credits are used up, the tenant must purchase more in order to continue using electricity.

Benefits of Electric Sub Meters

One of the main benefits of electric sub meters is that they can help landlords manage tenant billing and reduce the risk of unpaid bills. Since tenants must pay for their usage in advance, landlords do not have to worry about collecting payments or dealing with overdue bills. Metro Prepaid delivers comprehensive reports which simplify bank reconciliations and better technology supplying reliable, durable meters with a 3 year warranty.

Prepaid electric meters also give tenants more control over their electricity usage and spending. Tenants can monitor their usage and purchase more credits as needed, helping them to budget their electricity usage more effectively.

Types of Electric Sub Meters

There are several types of electric sub meters available on the market, each with their own unique features and benefits. Some common types include:

  1. Digital electric sub meters: These meters use digital technology to measure and display electricity usage. They are easy to read and can be connected to a computer or other device for remote monitoring and billing.

  2. Smart electric sub meters: Smart meters are similar to digital meters, but they also have the ability to transmit data wirelessly. This allows landlords to access real-time usage data and bill tenants accordingly.

  3. Analog electric sub meters: Analog meters use mechanical technology to measure electricity usage. They are typically less accurate than digital or smart meters, but they can be less expensive to purchase and install.

When choosing an electric sub meter, landlords should consider the number of units in their building, the type of tenants they have, and their budget. For example, if a landlord has a large number of units and wants to monitor usage in real-time, a smart meter may be the best choice. 

Metro Prepaid has 6 types of electric sub meters available:

  • Metro Prepayment Meter Single Phase MET001
  • Metro Prepaymnet Meter MET004 with MBUS wired keypad for extra bypass protection
  • Metro Prepayment Meter  Three Phase MET002
  • Metro Prepayment Meter Three Phase MET008 with MBUS wired keypad for extra bypass protection
  • Itron EM515 TYPE 700 JV1
  • Itron Gas Prepayment

Installing Electric Sub Meters

Installing electric sub meters can also be a bit complicated and landlords should consider hiring a professional electrician to do the job. This will ensure that the meters are installed correctly and safely. It's worth noting that some cities, municipalities or countries may have regulations and guidelines on how to install and manage prepaid electric meters, landlords should check with their local authorities before installing these type of meters.

Once the electric sub meters are installed, landlords can begin billing tenants based on their individual usage. This can be done using software or online tools that allow landlords to track usage, generate invoices, and collect payments.

Overall, electric sub meters are a great way for landlords to monitor and bill their tenants for electricity usage. They are easy to use, accurate and can be customized to fit the needs of any landlord. With the right electric sub meter and a professional installation, landlords can make sure they are being fair and efficient with their electricity billing.

Metro Prepaid electric sub meters are available from a wide range of wholesalers, click here to get your ideal sub meter.