January 13, 2020
Utah Submetering Laws
Utah allows landlords and property managers to install submetering systems and bill residents for individualized utility usage.
On Oct. 1, 2019, the Utah Public Service Commission adopted Public Utility Regulatory Policy Act (PURPA) standards for Master Metered Multiple Tenancy Dwellings. As a result, separate metering for electricity in each unit is mandated, except in the case of an exemption. Submetering is typically not considered an acceptable replacement for separate electric metering.
The criteria for exemption is complex, so your best bet is to contact us for information about your specific situation.
Starting Submetering in Utah
It’s easy to implement submetering at multifamily buildings and other property types in Utah. It’s typically best to contact a utility billing and consulting firm like Synergy to ensure 100% compliance and effectiveness.
Submeters, with individual meters for each unit, can be used in existing buildings or new construction in Utah. RUBS billing, which divides utility costs according to an industry-accepted formula, is also possible, though not for electricity.
Steps to Implement Submetering in Utah
Implementing submetering and outsourcing multifamily utility billing is a surprisingly quick process.
- First contact a utility billing specialist like Synergy. You can also request a quick quote on our website.
- We’ll hold an introductory call. If it’s a fit, we’ll then review the site in person (if necessary).
- Our consultants will determine the best mix of service offerings and technology for you, and deliver a formal proposal.
- We then work with industry-leading installers to install submeters and ensure everything is working correctly.
- We handle all aspects of meter reading, resident billing and collections on your behalf.
Utility submetering and outsourced utility billing in Utah can be implemented in as little as a few weeks, at no net cost to the property owner or manager.