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" What we offer? "

Utility Bill Auditing

Sumerlan will conduct a thorough examination and audit of all charges associated with your Electric, Natural Gas, Water/Sewer and Telecom bills.

Overpayment Recovery

Less than 10% of all billing errors and overcharges are discovered and reported to utility providers for refunds. Let Sumerlan turn this percentage around.

Ongoing Savings

Often bigger than refunds, ongoing savings can reduce your bill up to 30% per month. Driven by the way your firm uses energy, hidden opportunities hide in the tariff.

Ongoing Advice

As your company adds equipment, moves, or changes, new savings opportunities often arise. Sumerlan continues to add value to your company through ongoing management.

" Our Process "

Sign Up

Simply sign up by getting us a signed Letter of Authorization and a copy of your most recent utility bills. We can then get additional data and monthly billings directly from your utility providers.

Perform Audit

We will perform the audit and review all of the charges on your bills and the tariffs that apply. This includes identifying erroneous charges and/or alternative rates and discounts that may be eligible for.

Submit Findings

After identifying the savings opportunities, we will make our savings proposal to you by clearly outlining your savings opportunities and how we intend go about putting your money back where it belongs.

See Results

After you approve of the opportunities, we negotiate with your utility companies to implement the changes, then you just sit back and wait for the savings--Refunds, Credits, Monthly Savings.

" Utility Savings Articles "

Utility Bill Savings Made Easy

Your utility bills are a large part of your company's overall expenses. And did you know your utility providers have no incentive to lower the amount of money you pay them for the electricity, natural gas, water, sewer or telecom they provide. Sumerlan's utility bill audit is a comprehensive review of all utility charges, often times uncovering thousands of dollars in realized savings from overcharges. Three out of five companies that work with Sumerlan save money and some as much as thirty percent.

By helping thousands of companies over the last 20 years, Sumerlan has the experience to get your company true and lasting savings on the utilities you need. Our experience includes working with Florida companies since 2002. By auditing utility bills from providers like Peoples Gas, Duke, Progress Energy, Florida Power and Light, and Orlando Utility Company we have saved companies just like yours millions in utility cost overages over the years. This is money that is now being redirected to our clients' bottom line.

Why Have My Utility Bills Audited

As a business owner you have a million things to do, it can be said that on any given day you wear "many hats". You become quite proficient at everything from strategic planning, operations management, shipping and receiving, even a little baby sitting and taking out the trash. It cannot be said that you do not earn your keep. However, can you really be expected to be all seeing and all knowing in every facet of your business? Just like you hire a lawyer or an accountant or a secretary for that matter there are things you probably should delegate. A utility bill audit is one of them; this should be delegated to someone or a company who knows the ins and outs of electric and gas bills and the utility providers' tariff.

Often times, an electric or gas bill audit will result in savings. These savings can be a monthly drop in fees associated with how you are being charged on a per unit, i.e., kWh, kW, kVA, or therm basis. These savings might come as a refund or combination of both. Experts estimate that at least 50% of all manufacturing, governmental, and non-profit organizations are being overcharged each month. Refunds can amount to thousands of dollars even for the smallest of companies. Most overcharges are recurring, which can really add up over time, the refunds associated with these can go back thirty-six months. Most bill auditing companies do not charge unless they can save you money. Their fee is usually based on a split (50% is common) of the savings. Therefore, having the audit done is really a risk-free endeavor; so the next time you are approached by one of these auditing companies, don't be quick to dismiss their merits, as what they are offering is a legitimate opportunity to save you money on your utility costs.

Help Is The Way!

You are a manufacturing company that spends several thousand dollars each month on utility costs and would like to know if you are getting a "fair price" from your utility providers. Each month you get your statement of charges that are often so complicated that even after very little scrutiny you surrender to the unavoidable fact that you are helpless in determining whether each charges is valid and then just pay it. In the back of your mind you have always wondered if erroneous charges do exist and if so, are they widespread? Believe it or not, you are among the vast majority of utility customers who repeat this ritual every month. Sumerlan is the answer and exists as a direct result of the need for guidance in this area. Sumerlan has mastered the art of cutting through the convoluted mess of the common utility bill.

Many Ways to Save

  1. Rate Schedule Changes-Many utility companies offer alternative rates. One of these rates may be better suited for your type of operation. For example, time of use, demand, high voltage, etc.
  2. Load Management-Leveling out the peaks in usage or demand or shedding loads will minimize the demand charges.
  3. Billing Errors-Are there any anomalies/outliers in the billing history that cannot be explained or charges that do not make sense?
  4. Operation Hours Shifted or Reduced-Can pumps or compressors start up times be shifted? Can smaller motors be used during lighter load times? Are there areas in the building that are being cooled/heated unnecessarily?
  5. Lighting Retrofit-Can you economically replace old lighting with new more efficient lighting? Can windows be used more effectively?
  6. Erroneous Charges and Electric Bill Riders-Are all of your charges on your bill legitimate. Are there taxes that could be exempted? Is there an environmental fee that could be eliminated? Are you paying for a certain size meter that you no longer have. This is where you can really save a lot of money on your electric bill because when you discover an overcharge, you will generally qualify for a refund as well.

Of course, this list is not comprehensive in ways to save on electric bill. However, some of these could add up to save your company thousands on their monthly bill. It might be something that is very easy to implement or it may be as easy as sending your utility a letter explaining why you should be on a different rate schedule.

Reducing Your Utility Costs

In order to reduce the cost of something as complicated as your electricity, you need to become an informed customer. All utilities companies are regulated by some entity or another and as such are required to produce written documents relating to the explanation of their pricing and methods of billing. As a customer, it is up to you to become informed about their methods and rates. This written document that the utility produces to lay out its various pricing, billing methods, and rules, i.e. rate schedules and explanations of charges, is called a tariff. You can usually find these hidden away somewhere on the utility's website.

Understanding Your Bill

When you think about your electric bill, you probably like most people, get very intimidated. With its many different line items charges, references to meter numbers and account numbers, rate schedule codes, etc. The electric bill can be very hard to understand and when you try to implement ways to save, how will you know when what you have done has worked? Before you can accurately analyze an electric bill and determine ways to reduce it, an understanding of the items being charged on it is a must. Sometimes, the bill itself and the items thereon and furthermore the way these items are being charged and manipulating them are the easiest and best way of reducing your electric bill.

Rarely, does one utility company bill the same as another. Some items are billed by one company and not by another and so on. The electric rates schedule spells out which charges are being billed and at what rate. For example, your price per kilowatt hour might be 10 cents or 5 cents depending on your rate. There are some basic rate classifications and distinctions that will likely be present and billed for by most utilities companies. Each of these billing distinctions will depend upon the rate schedule classification you are on.

You might be asking: "Aren't we already doing what SUMERLAN is Offering?"

The short answer is most likely-No! Most companies that think they have already disputed charges on their billing, or taken steps to lower their bills, actually may have only recovered a small portion of what they could potentially save. Studies have shown that less than 10% of all utility billing errors are found, this means that 90% of all over charges go undiscovered! That is where Sumerlan can help you, with more than 20 years of experience, our experts are finding the savings opportunities that are almost always overlooked. We add value, or we don't get paid-it's that simple!