Energy and Telecom Cost Savings for Schools and Colleges
Utility expenses are a large portion of your budget. Whether it is energy, waste removal or telecom costs, most of our clients found they were paying too much for their utilities. You could be, too. Cost Control Associates has found millions of dollars in refunds and cost savings for clients.
Our Goal is to Help You Find Money
Every year more and more expenses are pushed onto the school districts, colleges and universities. You get caught in the squeeze between government decisions, election results that don’t always go your way and pressure to improve education with less and less funding. We can help by finding energy and telecom cost savings for schools and colleges or other educational institutions.
Some of our services are offered on a contingency fee basis. For example, there are no upfront costs to analyze your organization’s utility and telecom invoices. When we find savings, our fee is paid from a percentage of those findings. If we find nothing, you pay nothing.
To help you meet competitive bidding requirements, we have a contract in place with two leading purchasing cooperatives: NCPA and 1GPA. Most school districts have the ability to piggyback on contracts that are publicly solicited through a lead public agency.
The Value of a Purchasing Cooperative
A purchasing cooperative reduces your procurement costs by allowing public agencies to take advantage of existing contracts to purchase the goods and services they need from local and national vendors. This pooled purchasing power means public and private schools, cities, counties and state agencies as well as colleges, universities and Native American communities can save actual budget dollars while taking advantage of best business practices.
Cost Control Associates is currently allied with two purchasing cooperatives: National Cooperative Purchasing Alliance (NCPA) and 1 Government Procurement Alliance (1GPA). If you aren’t already a member, consider joining! Your membership is free.
Outsource Utility Bill Processing and Avoid Late Fees
Does your Accounts Payable staff spend a lot of time processing energy, waste removal and telecom bills, yet you still end up paying late fees and erroneous charges? For local, city and state governments, the payment and tracking of these costs is a time-consuming, frustrating job to do in house. Energy invoices are time-sensitive and that often leads to late payments. As a result, you rack up significant fees that quickly throw off your financial planning.
You might be paying too much! It is not the utility company’s job to make sure you are in the right rate categories. Sometimes behind-the-scenes rate changes at the utility can bump you into a new category. This means you may be paying rates that are not the best option for your operational behavior and usage. If your billing staff lacks the expertise to stay on top of such changes, you will lose out. When you outsource utility bill processing, you can kiss such worries good-bye! You get efficient, accurate invoice processing plus 24/7 access to a complete database that allows you to manage and report your costs. There are more than 80 standard and customized report options.
Our Utility Expense Management Solutions
Cost Control Associates is experienced in utility expense management solutions for businesses, and we can help you get the most from your service providers. Our cost audit services and other solutions will help you:
- Process Utility Bills & Manage Data
- Cut Utility Costs (Take our short Savings Meter survey to see if you qualify)
- Energy Procurement Services
- Analyze Utility Data
- Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting
- Open & Close Utility Accounts