Tagged: sewer expenses

Utility Audit Defined: A Simple 3-Step Process!

Sep 30, 2016 |
Utility Audit Definition

Utility Audit Defined:  A Simple 3-Step Process!    Here is the definition of a 3-step utility audit: 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 … 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

FEDERAL AND STATE REGULATION OF UTILITY COMPANIES: FACT VERSUS MYTH

Feb 22, 2016 |

Federal and State Regulation of Utility Companies:  Facts Versus Myths   If you answered “TRUE” to any of these statements, you could be throwing money away each month when you pay your telephone and utility bills! The truth of the matter is that utility billing errors are widespread.  In addition, the vast majority of utility … read more

COMMON QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS REGARDING UTILITY AUDITS

Feb 22, 2016 |

  Common Questions Regarding Utility Audits   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-stripping, caulking and insulation.  But a different type of utility audit examines your utility use and whether you are being overcharged.  … 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