How To Save Money On Utilities Despite Inflation, Using Ratio Billing

Last Updated: February 3, 2022By

Contributed by the Team at LIVABLE

Livable often hits double-digit utility usage decreases for buildings that implement the RUBS program – Ratio Utility Billing System. For example, in a fully occupied four-unit building, water and electricity use went down 31% in the first year that Livable’s RUBS was implemented.  In another case, with a 300-unit (plus) building, there were 24-percent reductions in usage and an 89-percent recovery rate. The result was over $180,000 recovered in just one-year of RUBS.

“Energy costs are getting higher, and the cheapest energy is the energy you don’t use.” ~ Paul Pettipas

RUBS helps get residents actively engaged with saving on utilities. Whether your property has multiple units varying in size, retail space, and/or common areas, Livable can customize allocation factors and billing frequency for your unique property and accurate billing to each Livable resident. 

Inflation and Energy Prices Continue to Climb.

“Crude oil has risen 66% this year, heating oil has risen 86%, natural gas prices have almost tripled, and gasoline is up a dollar per gallon nationwide. Finally, those that use propane can expect to pay 550% more than this time last year.” (Source: Multifamily News)  Apartment owners are affected by these increases. It might be hard to hang on, and tempting to sell, as utilities continue to escalate.

Mark Ventre of Steep Commercial notes that “One of the easiest ways to mitigate much of the utility burden and help residents be more mindful of their energy consumption is by implementing a Ratio Utility Billing System.”  At Livable we stand behind this claim. For property owners still responsible for paying for their residents’ utility bills the upward trends can be really overwhelming.

Electricity rates have gone up six out of the last eight years according to a survey from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.  Water and waste management rates are also up. Property owners in many cities contend with aging systems, fewer resources, and extreme weather.  Even building with individual meters for gas and electricity often have a master meter for water, which is often the costliest of all utilities and is paid by the owner (source).

Livable’s Ratio Utility Billing System (RUBS) can track, analyze, and bill back for many services. Depending on the market that can include water, sewer, gas, internet, electricity, landscaping and MORE.

For more than a decade, Livable has been helping multifamily owners recover utility costs and increase the value of their investments through conservation. To find out how Livable can save you money, check out or call (877) 789-6027.


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