What is a Utility Audit?

Sean Cleary • 20 Jan 2022

At its core, a utility audit is a review. Through the audit process, we take a close, in-depth look at one month’s worth of your facility’s electric, gas, water, sewer, and telecommunications expenses. During this review of your monthly utility bills, we’ll specifically be looking for some of the following:

· Is each utility charging you for your actual or estimated use?

· Are you being billed at an appropriate meter size?

· Are you being double billed?

· Are you being billed monthly without inappropriate carryover charges?

· Are you being billed for meters actually in use in your building?

There are a variety of reasons why your utility bill might be higher than it needs to be. For example, many facilities have had multiple additions over the years, and may have multiple electric and gas meters that are not all in use – yet, utility companies may still be charging for these unused meters. On the other side of the spectrum, some facilities are part of a property that has been subdivided, and they are being billed for meters that are now in use by another business on the same property. A utility audit would ensure that each meter is tied to specific usage and portions of the bill.

Our in-depth assessment looks for any and all possible savings. In addition to utility usage, a typical bill has 8 to 10 other charges, including things like city, county, state development district, and school or fire district tax. You may or may not be exempt for one or more of these charges. Generally, 4% to 8% savings can be achieved through a utility audit, without making any changes to your physical plant or energy supplier.