Newsletter Archive

 
     

 

Our newsletters are designed to inform and educate subscribers about the utility industry trends and developments and how it impacts your business, community association, property or city. If you want more information on rising utility costs, how the drought will impact you, alternative utility rate schedules, and utility auditing, you will find that information provided in these newsletters. We welcome your feedback, and your requests will be addressed in future newsletters!

 

 

 

 

October Newsletter - 2017

 

Even though the lawsuit against LADWP was finalized on July 7th, 2017, it doesn't mean that the ongoing utility billing errors, overcharges, delayed bills, or estimated bills are gone.  We have certainly not seen any decline in LADWP's utility billing errors since 2014.  The lawsuit settlement does not influence your ability to obtain utility billing refunds for current and/or past utility overcharges, so please don't think that your opportunity for refunds is gone ....    The Hidden Canyon Homeowners Association, located in Westlake Village, California, consists of 648 homes with 3 pools and 3 spas.  Sarah Zemer of Ross Morgan & Company, Inc. contacted Pacific Utility Audit in 2016 to find out how a utility audit could benefit their client, Hidden Canyon Homeowners Association and help to reduce their ever-growing utility budget...  The easiest ways to cut your utility costs in 2017 - Many residential consumers are currently unaware of one of the easiest ways to reduce their cost of living....Utilities are the TOP THREE annual budget expenses - don't leave them to a non-professional.....

 

January Newsletter - 2017

 
     

 

TOP 10 UTILITY BILLING MISTAKES...  Believe it or not, the vast majority of associations and businesses pay their utility bills largely by guesswork. Since these services are essential to operations, most people pay the utility bills without question. In so doing, you are probably paying considerably more than you should...   How would you like to go back in time, get hold of the money your association already spent and spend it again this year?  Hundreds of associations on the West Coast are doing it...  According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a utility audit is a formal review of a house's energy use that provides recommendations for energy-efficiency measures such as weather-striping, caulking and insulation.  But a different type of utility audit examines your utility use and whether you are being overcharged for your utilities.  The first question to ask yourself is:  Are you paying too much for utilities...

 

 

 

 

October Newsletter - 2016

 
     

 

Managers: Utility Rate Increases For 2017 Budgets!! Board members and homeowners look to community managers for professional guidance on managing their associations for long-term sustainability and sound economic advice… Why Associations Should Do It All: Utility Audits, Energy Audits, Conservation, Equipment Upgrades, Retrofitting, Rebates and Brokering … But In The Right Order! WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO DO ALL IN THE RIGHT ORDER!.. Utility Audit Defined: A Simple 3-Step Process! 1. Utility bill audit of all common-area utilities to uncover past and present utility overcharges. 2. Onsite inspection of your property: this is where most utility bill errors are found!!! 3. Obtain refunds for prior overcharges and identification of less expensive utility rates to reduce future… There is GOLD in Your Association’s Utility Bills! Property managers must approve dozens of bills for payment daily. Of these bills, the majority are almost always utility bills! Trying to intelligently decipher and understand a utility bill is like trying to read Latin when you don't have a translation book…

 

 

 

 

February Newsletter - 2016

 
     

 

$354,886.55 TOTAL L.A.D.W.P. REFUNDS TO OUR CLIENTS FOR 2015!  COMMON-AREA UTILITY BILLS:  2015 LEGISLATIVE RECAP AND 2016 INITIATIVES:   In 2015, the theme of the year was water conservation, especially concerning common interest developments.  Here is a quick recap of 2015 laws pertaining to common-area utilities.  UTILITY COMPANIES MAKE MISTAKES -     Lack of Expertise - Employees not up to date on all changes, new rates, data input errors, employee turnover, etc. Federal and State Regulation of Utility Companies:  Facts Versus Myths....... 

 

 

 

 

September Newsletter - 2015

 
     

 

L.A.D.W.P. Reimburses $231,473.54  to Multiple Associations!   Since the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power introduced its new billing system in the fall of 2013, there have been numerous delayed bills, rebills, estimated bills and incorrect bills.  How To Reduce Your Water Expenses WITHOUT Reducing Your Water Use!!!  Utility Audits:  Why You WANT Future Utility Savings! Often, there are cheaper utility rate schedules available for your utilities than the one you are currently being billed on!  Your utility provider is under no obligation to make sure you have the best rate for your needs and they have no financial incentive to do so......

 

 

 

 

May Newsletter - 2015

 
     

 

Electric Vehicle Charging stations in communities - who pays for the electricity?  Tips on how to reduce residential water consumption and save big on water bills this summer.  Water sub-meters and Los Angeles DWP - what you don't know could cost you!  How to reclaim your past paid utility overcharges......

 

 

 

 

February Newsletter - 2015

 
     

 

How to cut utility costs in 2015.  Are electric smart meters really smart for you?  DWP's billing problems in 2013, 2014 and 2015, and what you can do about it.  There's GOLD in your utility bills - discover how to find it. A property manager can spend hours and hours dealing with a single high utility bill and still not get the issue resolved, or be able to explain the reason for the unusually high bill.....

 

 

 

 

November Newsletter - 2014

 
     

 

Conservation is typically the first way organizations respond to utility cost increases. Strategies such as installing energy-efficient equipment or using your air conditioning less can help lower the cost of utility charges - at least in the short term.The problem with such conservation techniques is that they only reduce consumption. This means that if the utility raises its rates, your energy costs will still increase, even though you're using less electricity, gas, or water...

 

 

 

 

September Newsletter - 2014

 
     

 

Utility bills are confusing at best, and, if you say the wrong thing to the utility companies, you have a good chance of being retroactively billed for undercharges, and the bills will be even higher in the future!  This is an area of expertise that should be handled by a professional.  Electric Bill Too High?  Find a Lower Rate!  You can help your association's residents reduce their electricity rate and bill - simply by referring them to the utility company's website!  Nearly every electric utility company has several residential rates available to its customers... 

 

 

 

 

PUA eFlyer June - 2014

 
     

 

Worried about how the drought will affect your business or common area water bills?  Download our white paper and learn how Pacific Utility Audit can help reduce your water utility charges...

 

 

 

 

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