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Utility Management Secrets to Success!

Posted by Steven Corliss on Feb 22, 2014 11:14:00 AM


Often the stewards of a company’s utility expenditures have the title “Energy Manager” and their primary responsibility is managing the energy utilities, typically electricity and natural gas. Good “sustainability” practices tell us that effective utility management involves paying close attention to other utilities such as water/sewer and solid waste. Superior management of these utilities helps the environment while reducing your cost. Accordingly, reducing usage on any of these four utilities will reduce your carbon footprint and your impact on the environment. 

It’s Not too Early to Think About Your Summer Water & Sewer Charges

Posted by Steven Corliss on Feb 5, 2014 10:14:00 AM


It may still be freezing cold outside with snow on the ground for most of the US, but it’s not too early to start thinking about ways to reduce your sewer cost this upcoming summer from using water for landscaping, cooling towers, or filling up backyard pools.

Super Bowl XLVIII Means Green

Posted by Steven Corliss on Jan 31, 2014 8:14:00 AM


When you think of green in the context of the Super Bowl most people think green in the form of the money spent. After all, a 30 second advertising spot during the game is said to cost as much as $4 million this year. And if you want to go to the games, ticket prices are running around $4,000.00 each. And, if you are lucky enough to be going to the games, you had better plan on spending extra green on some warm clothes!

Are Bill Payment Services a Part of Your Utility Management Plan?

Posted by Steven Corliss on Jan 15, 2014 8:16:00 AM


Corporate utility management strategies should include two basic components: effective utility billing data collection and organization; and finding ways to use that information to become more efficient and reduce cost. If you are not using a third party bill payment partner today to handle your data collection and organization, you should take a look at what they can offer. For the purposes of this blog we will be focusing on electric utility billings but the principles apply to all utility types.

Security Deposit Audits and Reducing Obligations

Posted by Steven Corliss on Dec 20, 2013 12:23:00 PM


Utilities are a part of many aspects of our lives; they power our homes and businesses, and are used as the source of basic necessities such as water and heating. However, our increasing demand for limited resources like electricity, water, and natural gas are driving utility prices higher. In effect, some consumers are having trouble managing their utility expenses, and ultimately, default on paying their utility bills. This blog shares some insight on how to better manage payment of utility costs, and particularly explains what consumers can do about the security deposits of their utility bills.

LED Lights: A New Way to Sustainably Brighten the Holiday Season

Posted by Steven Corliss on Dec 6, 2013 9:33:00 AM


In the past, holiday lights were incandescent bulbs encased in painted glass. They were large, fragile, and their colors would fade with age. Luckily, today there is a safer and more efficient lighting option to brighten your holidays LED lights. LED lights are quickly replacing incandescent bulbs due to the numerous benefits they offer consumers with regard to electricity usage, durability, safety, versatility, and environmental footprint. Now you can decorate for the holidays using sustainable, energy-efficient LED lighting.

Facility Lease Contracts: Are You Over-Paying for Your Utilities?

Posted by Steven Corliss on Dec 4, 2013 3:06:00 PM


When you’re leasing a property for use as a retail space, office, or other business purpose, you have selected the property for a strategic reason, such as the property being located in a hot market for sales opportunities, or being close to the workforce for a call center. Accordingly, your business’ property department is charged with finding a good location to meet your needs at a reasonable price. However, it is often possible that you and your property department fail to closely examine a variable expense that is part of the lease — your utility expenses and how you pay them. Essentially, closely monitoring your utility expenses should be a part of your energy management program. As such, this blog will discuss where to look for opportunities to reduce utility costs, thereby ensuring that you only pay for what you really use and at the right rate.