Tagged: common-area utility costs

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

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

Ways to Conserve Water in the Home

May 1, 2015 |

Water Conservation Summary. . .     In 1990, 30 states in the US reported 'water-stress' conditions. In 2000, the number of states reporting water-stress rose to 40. In 2009, the number rose to 45. There is a worsening trend in water supply nationwide. Taking measures at home to conserve water not only saves you … read more

INCREASING UTILITY COSTS? WE HAVE A SOLUTION FOR YOU.

Feb 3, 2015 |

I have a riddle for you.    What happens when you take increasing utility costs and a drought and cross it with a group of managers?   Don 't   know yet? You get Pacific Utility Audit. Who are they? They are a dedicated company whose founders were originally property managers themselves.   During the drought in 1989 … read more

LOS ANGELES D.W.P. BILLING PROBLEMS….

Feb 2, 2015 |

A RECAP OF 2013 AND 2014   The History Late in 2013, LADWP implemented a new customer billing system that replaced its 40-year old customer billing system. What happened next is, as they say, history…   There were so many billing errors, delayed bills, estimated bills, poor customer service and overall confusion for both customers … 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

How Much Money Will a Utility Audit Save Our Association?

Nov 3, 2014 |

How Much Money Will a Utility Audit Save Our Association? Q. We’re interested in having a utility audit done for our association’s common areas, but it seems like a lot of trouble to go through if it will only save us a little money. Can you estimate how much we can expect to save?   … read more

A Utility Bill Audit Isn’t Enough

Nov 2, 2014 |

A Utility Bill Audit Isn’t Enough! If you do a quick Internet search for “utility audit,” hundreds of results will immediately appear, listing companies that offer the service. Look a bit closer at these listings, and you’ll notice that almost all these companies do “utility bill auditing.” This means the company will review one or … read more

Adapt Your Utility Budget to Climate Change

Nov 1, 2014 |

Adapt Your Utility Budget to Climate Change It’s a rare day that we don’t see some news about climate change and its effects. Extreme climate effects are on the minds of many residents of the western U.S., where severe drought persists and previously balmy coastal areas such as San Diego have turned sweltering. California (especially … read more