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Submetering for Multifamily Buildings


Interested in increasing your property value while lowering energy costs? Submetering allows building owners and developers to convert master-metered residential buildings into individually submetered units, giving residents more visibility and control of their own energy use.

Residents that are billed for their direct usage are more likely to conserve energy, helping you improve the energy performance of your property.

How you Benefit

Access NYSERDA’s Submetering Resource ListConverting to submetering can result in:

  • Savings – Reduce your annual energy use and increase profitability
  • Control – Give residents control of their own energy use, billing, and desired comfort
  • Value – Increase the long-term value of your property
  • Opportunity – Participate in demand response or cogeneration programs

Direct-Metered Buildings and New Construction Considerations

In a direct-metered building, the electric utility bills each unit directly for electricity used. Direct-metered buildings must convert to submetering if a building owner wants to participate in a demand response program or install an on-site-cogeneration plant. Demand response and cogeneration are only feasible in submetered buildings.

For a developer constructing a new building, installing submetering rather than direct-metering may be more cost-effective.

Get Started

Use NYSERDA’s Submetering Resource List [PDF] to find an installer and get information, services, and quotes. Want to learn more? Download and view success stories of other buildings that converted to submetering or become familiar with the New York State Public Service Commission submetering regulations.

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