With continuously climbing utility rates, building owners are constantly seeking ways to trim operating costs. Additionally, retail tenants are equally concerned about minimizing energy use and maximizing efficiency in the face of utility bills over which they have traditionally had little control. Sub-metering is a way to more accurately gauge actual tenant consumption. Without sub-metering, a common practice is to average the utility cost among all the tenants based on squarefoot, occupancy, etc. This has been known to cause tenant to landlord conflict.
Additionally, building owners can elect to do the billing themselves or contract it out to a Meterlogic to act as go-between between the landlord and tenants.
Dashboards are an effective way to reduce energy usage in a commercial building. By what is known as the Hawthorne effect, forms of reactivity where people improve or modify a behavior that is being monitored, occupants will naturally modify their use of energy when it is visible to them through an energy dashboard.