All posts by Erin Kelly

Utilities: Are You Paying Too Much?

Dec 28, 2016 |
Paying Too Much For Utilities

Utilities:  Are You Paying Too Much? 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 … read more

Reclaim Your Association’s Past Paid Utility Dollars – Legally!

Dec 26, 2016 |
Reclaim Your Utility Expenses

Reclaim Your Association's Past Paid Utility Dollars!  Reclaim Your Association's Past Paid Utility Dollars! Ever hear of spending the same dollar twice?  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 … read more

STOP Throwing Money Away On Utility Bills!

Dec 25, 2016 |

STOP Throwing Money Away on Utility Bills!   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!  This fiscal carelessness … read more

Utility Audit Defined: A Simple 3-Step Process!

Sep 30, 2016 |

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 … read more

Managers: Utility Rate Increases for 2017 Budgets!!

Aug 15, 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.  As October, 2016 approaches, it is budget review and approval time for most businesses and associations.   To help you … read more

There is GOLD in Your Association’s Utility Bills!

Aug 14, 2016 |

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. Terms like … read more

Why Associations Should Do It All: Utility Audits, Energy Audits, Conservation, Equipment Upgrades, Retrofitting, Rebates and Brokering…But In The Right Order!

Aug 14, 2016 |

  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!   You do not want to do energy audits, conservation, retrofitting, equipment upgrades, rebates or brokering … read more

TOP TEN UTILITY BILLING MISTAKES!

Aug 14, 2016 |

  TOP TEN UTILITY BILLING MISTAKES:         1.     Incorrect Rate Schedules   2.     Sewer Fees For Irrigation Water   3.     Misread Meters   4.     Misplaced Decimal Points   5.     Charges for Non-Existing Equipment   6.     Incorrectly Applied Utility Taxes   7.     Miscalibrated Meters   8.     High Estimated Meter Reads   9.   … read more

Utility Companies Make Mistakes – Why?

Feb 26, 2016 |

UTILITY COMPANIES MAKE MISTAKES –     Lack of Expertise – Employees not up to date on all changes, new rates, data input errors, employee turnover, etc.   Too Small Staff & Budget – Too many projects, inadequate personnel to cover service area and number of customers and calls, cannot read meters every month, etc. … read more

$354,886.55: L.A.D.W.P. REFUNDS TO OUR CLIENTS FOR 2015!

Feb 25, 2016 |

$354,886.55 TOTAL L.A.D.W.P. REFUNDS TO OUR CLIENTS FOR 2015!   "The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power doesn't expect to completely work through problems associated with a new computer billing system that resulted in revenue shortfalls until year end", according to The Bond Buyer on February 25th, 2016.   Since the Los Angeles Department … read more