Every company in the developed world, from small one-person businesses to all-powerful multinational corporations, is aware of its environmental responsibilities. There are many ways to act and think greener now, and thanks to sub metering it is now possible for more people and companies to do their bit for the environment both now as well as in the future.
In the past, a shared dwelling with many people living separately within the property had one gas meter which covered the whole property, in addition to one for the electricity supply. The owner of the property would then simply share the total cost of the energy used among the various tenants. This may seem fair at first, but on the whole it turned out not to be the case.
In any given individual home, for example, there could be one individual, couple or family which used far more energy than the rest. Their cost would be included in an overall total and then shared with all the others, many of whom were far more frugal. Spreading the cost equally among everyone was not only unfair, it proved to be bad for the environment as well.
Good for residential blocks, great for commercial properties
While the situation was not an ideal one in residential properties, just imagine how many times it could be multiplied for commercial sites. Shared metering has been a source of controversy on many occasions, but now that we live in an age in which more and more firms are trying to be greener, it seems only right that sub-metering becomes more common.
On the outskirts of large towns and cities, you will find a great many business parks and industrial units which play host to a variety of companies. On large sites, there will be some firms which take their environmental responsibilities extremely seriously, while there will no doubt be one or two which do nothing more than pay lip service to major ecological issues.
With the introduction of separate sub-meters for each firm, it is to be hoped that even the companies which have been rather callous in the past will now realise the error of their ways. It’s often been the case in recent years that the best incentive to toe the line is for a business to suddenly realise how hard it is being hit in the pocket. Money, as they say, talks loudest.
Know how and when you are using your energy
One of the most impressive aspects of life with a new meter is that it’s possible to sign up to automatic meter reading agreements. This helpful innovation provides access to accurate information about energy usage, enabling managers and owners to take note of exactly when and how they are using the most power. Such data can prove to be vital.
Smart meters can help companies in all parts of the world, no matter what industry sector they work in, to understand their energy usage in a far simpler way. This can then lead to the introduction of working practices and processes which reduce that usage, helping both the environment and the firm’s bank balance from that moment on.
It isn’t often in the business world that an innovation comes along that helps firms to be greener yet also ends up saving them money. Most environmental improvements may be great for the planet, but they often cost the companies a small fortune in the process. With new meters, it seems that we can finally say that we may have a win-win situation at last.