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Why Your Business Needs a Utility Bill Audit From Applied Utility Auditors?

Why Your Business Needs a Utility Bill Audit From Applied Utility Auditors?

Your power bill invoices are due every month, and many businesses make the mistake of believing they are being billed correctly. Some organizations, in fact, have an account management staff in place to monitor and record their invoices each month. This offers firms the false sense of safety that their invoices are being inspected every month to guarantee they are proper.

A utility audit is a thorough inspection of all-electric, gas, water, and sewage accounts. The audit identifies billing errors and assesses the effectiveness of rate plans. Unfortunately, the majority of individuals are unaware that a utility and telecom audit is even a possibility. So, today, we’ll go over what a utility audit is and how it might benefit you.

What is the Purpose of a Utility Audit?

A thorough bill audit entails digging deeper into your utility accounts to ensure that the utility providers are charging you at the lowest feasible rate.

The purpose of an audit is to guarantee that your accounts are at the most advantageous rates depending on your:

  • Load distribution graph
  • Usage time
  • Business type

However, the focus should not be solely on whether your accounts are on the best rates, but also on things like numerous added charges and riders linked with the electric bills.

The frequently overlooked unnecessary costs that lead to higher expenses that can at times last for multiple monthly invoices being another key factor.

What Does a Utility Audit Include?

A utilities and telecom audit consists of three parts:

Research – We review all service agreements and your billing history to gain a comprehensive picture of not just what you’re now paying for but also what your genuine service needs are.

Review – We undertake a remote evaluation of all elements of your utilities and telecommunications procedures. We interact with site managers to resolve service issues, and we contact your service providers if there appear to be billing problems.

Recommendation – We provide your customized solutions after assessing your services. We may be able to bargain your contracts or offer other, less costly service providers. We will execute the ideas on your behalf only after you have given us your complete permission.

This approach is designed to identify every possible savings opportunity accessible to you to cut and remove costly or excessive utility and telecom services.

There are hundreds of utility audits out there, but we all have the same goal: to save our clients money on utility and telecom costs. Specific methods may change from auditor to auditor; therefore, the audit process described below may not accurately represent the methodology of every auditor.

How Can Applied Utility Auditors Help Your Business?

If you are looking for a utility audit in New Jersey, we are the right choice for you.

We begin our utility audit procedure by gathering all of the papers required to examine your utilities. First, we require a year’s worth of utility bills, including electric, gas, water, and sewage. It may feel like a long time, but it is vital. Looking at the last 12 months of data provides us with the background we need to determine your current bench line expenses.

We may usually begin with only the most recent invoice copy for each account and then obtain previous invoice copies from your utility vendor’s online billing site. Most businesses can provide us with invoices or log-in credentials within a few hours.

Once we have all of the relevant documents, we compare the energy use figure to the current meter reading. If there is a mismatch between these figures, it would be the first sign that anything is wrong. We seek billing mistakes. Looking into the last year’s spending trends reveals a lot more about price variation.

After reviewing the documents, we may take a step back and assess rate structures, patterns, and tax exemptions. Many businesses have unproductive rate structures, and you may be unaware that alternative rate structures are accessible to you. Therefore, we examine all options available to you to help you stop overspending.

Our utility audits identify the areas where you’re overpaying and the remedies you’ll need to cut back. In addition, we give you extra savings potential after reviewing all of your utility and telephone bills.

Over 75% of utility / telecom/internet bills are wrong. Are Yours?

1000’s of Customer’s Accounts Audited
80% Overcharged
Average Savings 17%

Get money back at no cost. Over 35% of utility, telecom, internet bills have errors. Do yours?

We review our clients’ utility/energy bills and determine if there are errors or
overcharges that have been paid, that can be refunded.

At no cost to you we have our staff analyze your bills to determine any incorrect charges, i.e.: classification, surcharges, tariffs, taxes, demand charges, etc.
Remember, this program is on a contingency basis, meaning we only get paid if you get your refund.
We provide in-depth auditing of utility bills to identify opportunities for cost control, to uncover errors, and to secure client savings and refunds. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Here are some examples of the refunds we have secured for our clients:

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Title
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A streetlight Refund and future savings for your town is very likely

Monthly Statement JUNE2013        WE SECURED A $ 44,000.00 + REFUND FOR THIS  TOWN
Account number 6985636403

Invoicenumber: 603002799729

For service at
VARIOUSLOCATIONS EASTRUTHERFORDBORONJ 07073

1 855-BIZ-PSEG(249-7734)
Emergencies 24 hours/7days
Business customer service 7 AM – 8 PM Mon- Fri
7 AM – 5 PM Sat

Visit our website www.pseg.com

Inquiries bymail PSE&G POBox14444
NewBrunswickNJ 08906-4444

Important Dates
Your payment
is dueNovember 22, 2013.

Your meter(s) arescheduled to be read onor about December 02.

To makeapayment fromacredit card LogIn to My Account at pseg.comor call 1 800-704-3289

If you’ll beaway onyour meter readingday, LogIn to My Account at pseg.comor call 1
800622-0197beforethe

69 856 364 03

BORO OF EAST RUTHERFORD 1 EVERETTPL
EAST RUTHERFORD NJ 07073-1701

This a refund we secured for a town in North Jresey

Account Summary
PSE&Gbalancefromlast bill $74,824.24
Current PSE&G- Unmetered Charges 959.07
Other PSE&G Charges and Credits – seepg. 4 REFUND -44,890.07
REFUND Total Amount Due On Nov 22, 2013 $30,893.24
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Register for PSE&G’s new, free text and email notification service called MyAlerts. Onceregistered, youcan receivepower outageupdates andaccount notifications anywhere, anytime, to anycell phonenumber that is capableof text messaging. Login to My Account at pseg.comandclickon”ManageMyAlerts”. For moreinformation, visit pseg.com/myalerts or seetheenclosed insert.

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PSE&G’s Business Solutions Center is availableMonday-Friday, 7:00a. -8:00p.m. andSaturday, 7:00a. -5:30p.m. at 1-855-249-7734 (1-855-BIZ-PSEG).

You May Have Missed It – JCP&L Drops Rates

As Utility Auditors, we see this kind of outrageous over-billing often. $115 million, in this instance, will be refunded thanks to rarely seen sanctions against this type of behavior. 

If you believe your business or investment property has been overbilled – on any utilities – do not hesitate to contact a Professional Utility Auditor – Immediately. Applied Utility Auditors offers no – risk services. We only get paid if you get a refund. Don’t get over your head in overhead. 

Call Paul Today: 877 208 0021

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: 

Reprinted from NorthJersey.com

 

 

 

 

 

JCP&L rates to drop slightly after ruling 

 

March 18, 2015    Last updated: Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 5:29 PM
By DAVE SHEINGOLD
Staff Writer |
The Record
Electricity users in six Passaic County communities and all of Morris County will see their rates drop slightly in the next few months following a ruling Wednesday by state regulators that sanctioned Jersey Central Power & Light for overbilling customers, but also let the company recoup money spent repairing damage from major storms.
In a unanimous vote at a meeting in Trenton, the Board of Public Utilities ordered JCP&L to refund $115 million to customers through the rate reduction, mostly to cover overcharges for power grid maintenance throughout its northern and central New Jersey territory from 2008 to 2011.
But the board also ordered that ratepayers pay for $736 million JCP&L spent restoring power following Superstorm Sandy and other bouts of severe weather since then that caused blackouts of up to two weeks.
The net result of formulas that parcel out those expenses over varying periods of time will be a $34 million cut in the company’s annual revenue and a drop of 1.2 percent, or $1.68, in its average residential monthly bill, according to the board. The exact month when bills will drop has not been set, but should come this spring, said BPU spokesman Greg Reinert.
JCP&L’s 1.1 million customers include 15,400 in six Passaic County municipalities – Wayne, West Milford, Wanaque, Pompton Lakes, Bloomingdale and Ringwood – and 197,000 in Morris County.
“Today’s order ensures that JCP&L is providing safe and proper service at just and reasonable rates, while also securing and being mindful of the company’s financial integrity,” said BPU President Richard Mroz.
The decision represents a middle-ground between a $207.5 million revenue reduction sought by a state consumer advocacy office and a request by JCP&L for a rate hike to cover increased expenses and storm-related costs.
In January, a state administrative law judge largely sided with claims by the office, known as the Division of Rate Counsel, that JCP&L used complex accounting techniques to return too much profit to its parent company, FirstEnergy Corp. of Akron, OH. The judge said the issue of storm costs should be addressed in a separate proceeding.
The BPU, however, combined both matters into one.
The ruling was criticized by Stefanie Brand, director of the Rate Counsel’s office, for rejecting the office’s request for retroactive rate cuts and postponement of storm-cost repayment.
“I’m disappointed,” she said. “It’s still a reduction. But I think they should have taken into account the fact that ratepayers had been paying too much for a number of years. They could have phased this in.” She declined to say if the order would be appealed.
Ronald Morano, a spokesman for JCP&L, said the company would review the order before commenting, but noted that it planned $254 million in improvements this year. Those include new circuits, upgraded utility poles, flood-proofing around power transfer stations and tree-trimming around power lines. The latter effort is aimed at a key problem in the company’s largely suburban and rural territory.
Wednesday’s ruling ends an unusually long-running case involving claims that disputed, in highly arcane terms, the write-offs, equipment depreciation and other accounting techniques used to set rates that generate JCP&L’s revenues. A key issue was whether JCP&L collected too much to cover its federal taxes and then used that money to offset taxes owed by other FirstEnergy subsidiaries.
Brand’s office also accused the company of improperly cutting costs, especially on grid maintenance and tree-trimming. JCP&L responded with a case of its own, seeking rate hikes.
Email: sheingold@northjersey.com

Electric Bill Overcharges On The Rise


As many New Jerseyans, Pennsylvanians and New Yorkers have come to discover over the winter, the relatively new marketplace for third party suppliers of electricity has not been as great in practice as it may have been in theory.

Many third party suppliers, it seems, have been inexplicably driving up prices on consumers, claiming increased costs due to winter weather —  in spite of the non-inflated prices from the primary supplier. A Forbes Contributor went so far as to proclaim this trend a “new scam.”

How are they getting away with this dodgy practice? The marketplace, after all, allows customers to switch suppliers, right?

Unfortunately, switching suppliers can take months to finalize, and some of these companies seem to be exploiting that fact while banking on the docility of others. Late notices for bills threaten power shut-offs and this can also serve in the interest of these price-jackers as people are afraid to take any corrective action.

So what can you do?

Dispute the charges immediately. Switch suppliers immediately. You may also wish to contact your state’s Attorney General and Public Utilities Commission (or their equivalents). In Pennsylvania, the Attorney General is already looking into this matter, and the State Legislature is also launching an investigation.

Are you a business owner or CEO? Is your business spending way too much on energy?
Let Applied Utility Auditors LLC dispute these and other utility overcharges on your behalf.
Contact Paul Steberger of Applied Utility Auditors Today. 

http://AppliedUtilityAuditors.com

UTILITY AUDITS EXPLAINED


DID YOU KNOW
that utility companies often have more than one rate for commercial/business clients?

GUESS WHAT. They don’t hand out the best rates automatically. Customers must seek better rates for themselves.

The process of finding the best and most appropriate rate can be tedious – and frankly – as a business owner, you’re already busy running your own business.

This is where Applied Utility Auditors can help. We find overcharges for 80% of all clients.


You might be reading this because your business was referred to AUA or because we’ve contacted you about conducting a utility audit and you have questions.
We’re fortunate that the majority of our customers come from happy client referrals.

Here are a few quick points:

First, when you’re with Applied Utility Auditors, you’re in good hands.
Our team has over 75 years of collective experience in auditing:

Telecom

Electric

Gas

Water/sewer services

General bill auditing

Second, our job is to find:

• Errors

• Overcharges

• Incorrect rate group assignments

Third, we get to work by:

• Auditing your invoices

• Analyzing usage

• Identifying the errors

Fourth, you reap the benefits:

• Cost and service recommendations are made

• New rates are negotiated with the utility provider

• Everyone’s favorite part: You score a REFUND!

• We continue monitoring your utility bills monthly basis to ensure accuracy

How Does Utility Bill Auditing work?

• Audits are performed on a contingency fee basis

• No errors = no charge to you

• Begin by sending us a copy of a utility bill

• In 2-6 weeks, we’ll have our results and recommendations

What about the money?

1. The refund will either be a check or a credit on future bills.

2. Issue a check to AUA for 50% percent of the refund received.

3. Enjoy your savings! Remember, this is money you have already spent.

The AUA Team looks forward to working with you and adding to your bottom line.