Tagged: common-area 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

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

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

L.A. D.W.P. Reimburses $231,473.54 to Multiple Associations!

Sep 22, 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.  At the present time, these billing problems are still ongoing, with D.W.P. trying to shift the blame … 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

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Associations: Who Pays the Electricity Bill?

May 5, 2015 |

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Associations:  Who Pays the Electric Bill?   With nearly 100,000 plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) in California alone, which is 40 percent of the national PEV market, more and more associations are or will be receiving requests from homeowners for charging stations on the property.   So why should community associations pay … 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