Many building owners take advantage of commercial energy audits to analyze their overall energy efficiency and spending.
But there’s another type of audit that can help save money: a look at monthly utility bills.
In large contracts with utility companies, it is often hard to identify billing errors. But they can occur: rates can increase by accident or unnecessary fees can be added to the bill.
It takes a lot of time and effort to go through utility bill statements with a fine-tooth comb, which is why many organizations continue with the status quo.
The auditing process
To help address this problem, third-party companies like United Energy Consultants now offer utility audits.
Here is how it works:
First, you’ll work to gather all billing information or grant the third-party consultant access to your utility billing records.
Then, the consultant will go through all your records — comparing what you should be charged for to what the bills are actually showing.
From there, the consultant works with you to come up with a plan to save money. Sometimes there are better ways that information can be reported monthly or less expensive plans. The consultant will give you the recommendations and help you take action on as many as you’d like.
Every consultant charges different fees for this service. In the case of United Energy Consultants, there are no up-front costs for the entire audit; once you act on recommendations, you’ll split any monthly savings with United Energy Consultants according to an agreed upon contract.