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Automatic Water Meter (AMR) Guide

Shaun Starr |

April 2021

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Businesses around the country want to save money and time. There are easy ways to save money, and more difficult ones. You could reinvent your business processes, cutting costs and reducing the amount of work you need to do. For most of us, this is probably too much effort. Most businesses want easier ways to save money and time. AMR (Automatic Meter Readers) represent both of these. With an AMR, you can reduce your business’ water bills and save yourself the effort of needing to take meter readings.

What is an AMR?

An AMR is an Automatic Meter Reader. This means a water meter that takes its own readings, without you or a professional needing to do so.

An AMR submits automatic meter readings and water usage reports to you. This means that you can avoid needing to take meter readings. An automatic meter reader submits accurate meter readings for you. This is at a greater degree of accuracy than either you or a professional meter reader could.

What is the difference between an AMR and a Smart Meter?

A Smart Meter is generally used in the domestic water and energy market. They send your supplier meter readings automatically. They also calculate how much energy or water you are using. As a result, you can draw conclusions.

An AMR generally transmits readings to you, rather than the supplier, or allows you to take remote readings.

What are the Benefits?

Taking accurate meter readings can reduce your water bills. This is because you cannot be overcharged for your water usage. With traditional water meters, you might receive an estimated meter reading. If you use less water than expected, you might therefore be overpaying.

However, an AMR is not just about saving money. They also collect data on your water consumption. This data allows you to form patterns and draw conclusions on your water usage. When you understand your water usage, you can:

  • See how, when and why you use water throughout the day, month and year.
  • Improve water efficiency planning and reduce your future water usage.
  • Improve your environmental efficiency and change your water use habits.
  • Set usual consumption activity and receive alerts of unusual water usage.
  • Identify potential leaks quickly, so you can take action before costs or damage.

How does Installation Work?

Installing an AMR isn’t a difficult or complicated process. You don’t even need to close your business. Installing an AMR is done by a professional. The installer will come to your business premises, and usually complete the installation within an hour. Your business should be able to continue throughout the process.

You may be able to book a contactless installation. This depends on whether your water meter is located externally or internally. If your meter is external, the technician will be able to install it without needing you present. If it is located internally, then arranging safe installation should not be difficult.

How do I get an AMR?

If you decide that your business could benefit from an AMR, we can help you organise this at Love Energy Savings. We specialise in helping businesses of all types find the best ways to save money. We can help you organise a new water meter. We can help you sign up to a new water provider who will offer you an AMR. However, this is not the only service we provide.

We specialise in helping businesses switch their energy and water supplier. Often, switching supplier is the best way to save money on your utility bills. Get in touch with today and find out how much you could be saving.

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About the author

Shaun is an English Literature graduate with a passion for creating content to help save households and businesses money. He has a wealth of experience in professional services, so he knows the importance of business efficiency.

In his spare time, Shaun likes to get jamming with his band playing drums and guitar.