Services

Revenue Recovery - Utility Bill Audit
UMS specialise in searching bills you have paid over the last six years for errors and recovering the money for you. You have absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain as there is no upfront charge for the audit. It’s entirely done at our risk and expense as we send someone on site to minimize any resource requirement on your part.

We thoroughly examine your utility bills with a view to highlighting any inaccuracies and if you chose to proceed, clawing back overpayments and credits on your behalf. Our fee is a share of any recoveries we make once you have received them, but your GUARENTEE is that No Recoveries = No Payment for the service!

Utility Bill Validation - Utility Bill Payment
Outsourced utility bill processing far from being an overhead, delivers considerable savings. Savings on processing costs, savings on Resource for validation and savings on Charges. Outsourced invoice processing can cut the internal cost by 50%. For about the same cost as one account clerk’s time, the validation service offered by UMS can quite literally make all of your utility bill management problems disappear.

UMS receives all utility bills on your behalf and rigorously checks and validates each bill and only when they pass this process, they are sent to you on a simple spreadsheet each week for payment. Any failing validation for any reason, are pursued by UMS until a conclusion is reached. This not only guarantees that you only pay for what you use, but also makes huge savings in your time as we deal with all queries from sites, suppliers, accounts, assets and crucially deal with voids and decants.

Voids, decants and recharging
For our Social Landlord clients, managing voids and decant properties is very time consuming as this can be a complex area of property management. UMS is able to take over this function as part of our invoice processing service saving you time and money with promptly suspended accounts. We can also produce cost reports for tenant recharges.

The Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC)
This is the new mandatory emissions trading scheme that aims to improve energy efficiency and reduce the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted in the UK. This is vital to achieving our overall targets of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 by at least 80% compared to the 1990 baseline.

Qualification for the scheme was based on half-hourly metered electricity usage. Your organisation would have qualified if during the 2008 calendar year it had at least one half-hourly electricity meter (HHM) settled on the half-hourly market across the whole organisation and had a total half-hourly electricity consumption over 6,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) once electricity used for transport and domestic accommodation has been excluded. This qualification threshold is likely to be lowed in future to include many more companies.

Energy Purchasing - Utility Management
Whilst UMS provides a specialist audit and validation service, we can offer a number of purchasing options to help you obtain the best utility prices. With the comprehensive site and tariff information we collect as a normal part or our work, we can use our associate brokerage facilities or negotiate for, or with you directly with suppliers to obtain the best prices.

Getting the best prices for you is the easy bit, dealing with the day to day utility management issues is the hard bit and that’s what UMS is good at.

Affordable Monitoring and Targeting for all utilities, Electricity, Gas and Water

UMS provide a clear set of easily accessible, web based reports showing utility consumptions and costs. A variety of reporting options allow you to view consumption and cost data for all utilities in tabular and graphical form. The graphs show a monthly breakdown of figures and thus highlight seasonal trends in consumption. Reports may be for a single supply, or may aggregate multiple supplies to give site-wide data. There is also the facility to compare this year’s consumption with a previous year, to examine longer-term variations in usage.

The basic principle of M&T is to:
• Establish a basis for predicting future energy consumption and bills from past data
• Identify the energy used in any given management period (day, week, month, year)
• Compare current consumption with historical data, targets and benchmarks
• Decide if any variation is acceptable
• Determine the cause of any differences
• Implement actions to improve energy consumption

Monitoring and targeting (M&T) energy use is a critical component of an effective energy management program. M&T techniques provide energy managers and users with feedback on operating practices, results of energy management projects and guidance on the level of energy use that is expected in a certain period. M&T is a useful tool to not only track energy use but also to control it. It turns data on energy use into useful information that can lead to significant energy and cost savings.

The benefits of M&T are manifold:
• showing how, where and when energy is being used and wasted
• alert to unexpected excess in consumption
• enable targeting and drive down consumption
• help forecast energy demand
• highlight performance problems in equipment or systems
• help assess the success of energy saving measures

For a free login to our demo system simply email pete.saunders@ums-eu.co.uk or call him on 01454 200027 and see for yourself.