Gas Meters

A common practice when it comes to multi-tenant properties; whether it be different apartments or a commercial property with several businesses in operation; is to split the monthly gas bill evenly between each tenant. Unfortunately, this practice is often unfair and extremely inaccurate considering the amount of gas usage may be very different from tenant to tenant. To find a solution to this problem, gas submetering entered into the picture. It is now the solution of choice for owners and property managers across the country.

In short, gas submetering makes it possible to accurately bill each individual tenant for their own gas usage, as opposed to splitting the cost equally. The good news is that it is relevantly easy to start a gas submetering project. All you need is a system that includes the appropriate gas meters for your application, as well as a wired or wireless Automated Meter Reading system that fits in with the unique needs of your property and those who occupy it. You can learn more about how it all works here

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Aside from happier tenants, there are many advantages when it comes to opting for gas submetering solutions. Because you will be able to provide each tenant with an accurate reading of their monthly gas usage, the chances are quite high that they will take action to use gas more sparingly to save money. This reduces gas costs and, in turn, increases property values – which is excellent news for you! For more information about the benefits associated with submetering, click here.

Another advantage is the fact that gas submetering can be implemented in several different multi-unit applications, including:

  • Apartments
  • Condos
  • Manufactured Housing
  • Commercial
  • Offices
  • Retail Properties
Gas Meters for measuring Natural Gas or Propane (LPG) usage.      Need help sizing your gas meter?  Call us at 425-228-6831.
Meters may be purchased with a Pulser option for remote metering.
We recommend purchasing the Temperature Correction option always for propane or if you are installing your gas meter outdoors.  See how temperature affects gas volume below.

Pressure: Click for Pressure Factor Calculator
Gas volume changes with pressure. The pressure of gas going into the meter and the atmospheric pressure affect the meter reading. You may calculate the pressure factor by clicking on the link above.  If your meter is not corrected for pressure then you  may multiply the meter reading by this factor to get the corrected gas meter reading.

Gas volume changes with temperature.  The meters are calibrated for a gas temperature of 60°F. A rule of thumb is gas temperature 25° higher or lower than 60°F will cause a 5% increase or decrease in volume respectively thus affecting your meter reading by 5%. Purchasing the Temperature Correction option will correct the meter reading for temperature.

Miscellaneous Gas Information: 

• A 250 CFH meter will support 250,000 BTU of gas or propane.
• 1000 BTU (natural gas)  = approx 1 cubic foot (CF)
• 100 cubic feet = 1 CCF (typically the meter units on your bill)
• 100 cubic feet (natural gas) = approx 1 THERM (typically the billing units on your bill)

• 1000 BTU/Hr = 1 MBH = 1 CFH
• 1 cubic foot = 0.0283 cubic meters. Multiply CF reading by 0.0283 to get cubic meters
• 1 gallon propane = 35.97 cubic feet
• Higher inlet pressures allow for more volume thru some meters. See tables in detailed meter information