HOW TOPUPMETERS CAN BE USED IN A HOUSE OF MULTIPLE OCCUPATION

Topupmeters is a low maintenance solution where landlords need to recharge residents for gas and electricity usage in prepayment

Landlords of multiple occupancy dwellings can benefit from using Topup Smart Meters


Where a property has been divided into several flats of multiple occupancy, landlords can now easily recharge residents for their electricty and gas consumption using a low maintenance and modern solution.  Using prepayment smart meters residents pay for the electricity and gas they consume using an online payment system.

The property owner continues to pay a utility company for combined energy imported from the grid, whilst recovering these costs from tenants through their top-ups.

Benefits of smart meters over traditional prepayment meters

Unlike traditional prepayment meters that use coins or cards to add credit, the Topupmeters system is entirely tokenless.  There’s no need for cash, coins or cards or any vendor equipment.  This helps to minimise running costs and improves security by taking payments online through a secure card payment gateway.

With the latest generation smart meters and smart home technology, residents enjoy the benefits of having a utility grade smart meter, including home display unit and instant balance topups.

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SMART METER credit level shown
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GPRS communications module accomodates a network roaming SIM card and internal antenna

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Large backlit display shows credit level, power status and signal quality level

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Scroll display to show tariff rates, last payment information and GSM signal properties

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B will activate energy credit when balance is low.  Also resets the supply after topping up from a disconnected state.

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Serial number starting EML is used when topping up to identify the meter.

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Unique ID is used to identify the meter when topping up

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smart gas dual fuel prepayment
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The Elster BK-G4 U6 is a widely used gas meter for residential installations.  Because of its low unit cost and compatibility with pulse logging devices.

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INZ-61 Pulse adapter bridges between the pulse transmitter and gas meter

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ATEX Gas Pulse Senders is a battery powered device for logging and transmitting pulses from the gas meter to a nearby electricity meter hub

Wireless home area network supports dual fuel prepayment devices and home display unit


The Topupmeters metering system consists of an electric smart meter, gas pulse sender and home display unit.  Optionally a second pulse sender can be used for monitoring water usage but charges cannot be deducted for water consumption.

These devices communicate wirelessly over a low power radio network.  During installation they are bound to the electric meter using a unique passkey.  This avoids interferrence with other nearby Topup meters.

  • Range up to 10 metres
  • 10 year battery life
  • Wireless communications

Home display gives tenants complete visibility of their energy costs


Previously home display units were reserved for customers of energy companies.  Now consumers can enjoy all the benefits of having a smart meter while on a convenient and flexible prepayment tariff.  The home display units provides real-time information on electricity and gas usage, credit levels, and historic energy use.

Benefits

  • Real time information on energy usage
  • Up to date credit levels
  • Invoke emergency credit
  • Transparency on energy costs and changes to credit levels
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home display unit
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Currently showing electric of gas consumption

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Power and signal quality with electricity meter

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Current energy consumption

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Remaining credit balance

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Traffic light indicator represents current level of energy consumption.
Green = Low
Yellow = Medium
Red = High

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Controls for scrolling display and switching between electric and gas usage

Water monitoring


The Topupmeters system supports a second pulse sender for monitoring water consumption.  The device is connected to the water meter’s pulse output.  Pulses are wirelessly sent to the electric meter where a cumulative pulse count is stored.  This equates to a volume of water.

Benefits of remotely monitoring water:-

  • Monitor excessive water consumption
  • Detect leaks or exorbitant usage
  • Low cost equipment
  • Easy installation
  • No interruption to water supply