Re: Electricity and water metering
From: Ken Winter (
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2021 13:38:24 -0800 (PST)
I strongly recommend submetering.  Our experience with that is described
This article is a work-in-progress; more to come when I get a chance.  If
you have corrections or questions, you can add them as comments to the
article, and I'll incorporate them into the text.

If you're doing new construction vs retrofitting (which we did),
submetering is even more desirable.  And yes it can be done for electrical
(and gas) as well as for water.

~ Hope this helps
~ Ken Winter, Sunward Cohousing, Ann Arbor MI

On Sat, Feb 6, 2021 at 3:09 PM Jim Bronson <jimbronsonashland [at]>

> Dear Cohousers,
> RiverSong is in the process of making the green decision to be an
> all-electric community for our common house and all 28 units.  As we are
> completing  plans before we start construction (expected in May), a next
> decision is how to handle metering skillfully.  Specifically, do we have:
> *One meter for the whole community*
> (HOA divides charges by sq. ft., or ___)
> *One meter for each building*
> (HOA divides charges by sq. ft., or ____)
> *One meter for each unit*
> (let the water and power company divide the charges)
> We know there is a saving if we have fewer meters, but we think there may
> be process issues related to having the HOA divide charges.
> *Please respond with *
> 1) your community's metering set up
> 2) if you have 'shared' metering, how you have divided charges for electric
> power and water
> 3) if you have 'shared' metering, your suggestions on how to make it work
> best from a community process point of view.
> 4) What the financial savings are for for having 'shared' metering.
> Many thanks for offering us your experience and your important counsel.
> Jim Bronson (for the Design Team,  RiverSong Cohousing, Eugene, OR)
> jimbronsonashland [at]
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