Multifamily properties, those with apartment or condominium buildings, present a tremendous opportunity for energy savings. Comprehensive, cost-effective energy efficiency upgrades can improve the energy efficiency of these properties by 15-30% and save $3.4 billion in multifamily utility costs across the United States. With building owners and other multifamily stakeholders, utilities can shape their programs to better address the needs of this sector.
You can’t manage what you don’t measure, which is why benchmarking should be your first step. Below are tips to check to see if your meter is working correctly.
An electric meter is in constant motion as it measures the amount of electricity your home or office is using. If you notice that nothing is moving on your electric meter for a while, it’s best to call your electrical company for an inspection. An electric meter should have the wheels turning, and a digital electric meter should have a meter that “ticks”.
If your power goes out and there is no electrical outage in your area, you could have a broken electric meter. Sometimes, heavy storms can cause the electric meter, especially in Florida to break or pull away from your apartment building. If the connection is broken from the meters, it stops working and so does the power. In other cases, your electric meter could be pulled away from your complex or commercial building, but you still have power. In both scenarios, call your power company for an electrician to come out, inspect your electric meters, and perhaps replace it.
While electric meters can last for decades, especially the mechanical ones, old meters can become inaccurate over time. Electric meters are tested periodically by your electric company to see if they are in proper working order, but with so many customers, it can be hard to keep up with and track every individual electric meter. Meters can be missed. If you have an old electric meter (most of the time, you can tell. It’s rusty and looks like it could fall over at any time), you may want to have an electric meter inspector come out and have a look.