Tagged: association utilities

Utility Auditing And Association Management: Working Together To Build A Better Community

Jul 24, 2017 |
Reducing Utility Dudget

Utility Auditing And Association Management:  Hidden Canyon Homeowners Association   Working Together To Build A Better Community:   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 … 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

COMMON-AREA UTILITY BILLS: 2015 LEGISLATIVE RECAP AND 2016 INITIATIVES

Feb 22, 2016 |

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:   ASSEMBLY BILL 349 (Gonzalez): This bill was signed into law in 2015, and makes void and unenforceable … read more

Utility Horror Tales…. “There are more frightening things than goblins and ghouls”

Sep 22, 2015 |

Utility Horror Tales… "There are more frightening things than goblins and ghouls" In light of the upcoming Halloween season…. the following stories are just a few of the more horrific tales from the company files.  Since 1989 we have seen the utility companies misread, misbill, miscalculate, mispring, miscount, mistake, misconstrue, misinform, misguide and mismanage – … read more

How To Reduce Your Water Expenses WITHOUT Reducing Your Water Use!!!

Sep 21, 2015 |

How To Reduce Your Water Expenses WITHOUT Reducing Your Water Use!!!     During the drought in the early 90’s, water became a commodity for the first time in history, and the cost of water soared, and these water prices have remained high long after that drought was over.  Then, recycling of trash became mandatory … read more

Reclaim Your Association’s Money

Apr 9, 2015 |
Are You Paying Too Much For Utilities?

Reclaim Your Association's Money Ever hear of spending the same dollar twice? How would you like to go back in time, get holds of money your business or association already spent and spend it again this year? HUNDREDS OF COMPANIES AND ASSOCIATIONS ON THE WEST COAST ARE DOING IT! Best of all – your business … read more

SMART METERS: Are They Really That Smart For You?

Feb 5, 2015 |

In the last several years, smart meters for electricity have been installed to replace the old dial-type electric meters. Touted as the latest and greatest in technology, with customers allowed to access their actual electric consumption on a real-time basis, are they really helping you or are they really helping the utility companies? In our … read more

The Easiest Ways to Cut Your Utility Costs in 2015…

Feb 4, 2015 |

Many residential consumers are currently unaware of one of the easiest ways to reduce their cost of living. Some spend hours researching different smartphone data plans and cable services to save only a few dollars a month. By understanding what utility tariffs are and which ones are available, residents can unlock a new way to … read more

There’s Gold in Your Utility Bills!

Feb 1, 2015 |

There's Gold in Your Association's Utility Bills!        By;  Erin Kelly As a prior property manager, I approved approximately two dozen bills daily! Of these bills, the majority were 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 … read more

Doesn’t a utility audit create more work for the property manager and/or management company?

Nov 5, 2014 |

True or False: Utility Audits Create More Work When managers of businesses or associations look into a utility audit, they often have several common misconceptions about the process. Among their list of concerns, this question tends to pop up frequently: Won’t a utility audit require a lot of work from our property manager, business owner, … read more