Look for savings in school electric bills

Published: Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 27, 2006 at 11:02 p.m.
Several years ago I was President of a Gainesville Homeowners Association. We engaged Commercial Utility Econometrics (CUE), a Gainesville firm that reviews electric bills to determine if the rates were appropriate and maximized for the best savings.
The arrangement with CUE was there would be no charge for their services unless they found inappropriate charges. We would pay them a certain percentage of the future savings for the next year, and a certain percentage of the past overcharges that were rebated, if any.
What did we have to lose? If CUE didn't find anything, it cost us nothing. If they did, we got most of our previous overcharges back and savings on future bills.
We got several thousand dollars back for past overcharges and, after our rates were adjusted, substantial savings on future bills. Oddly enough, the information on the rebates and changes in future rates came from CUE, not GRU. The only acknowledgement from GRU was that our monthly bills were marked as credited and paid in full for the next several months.
I can't imagine why the School Board would not want to find out if they (we) are being overcharged or could have their billing restructured to save money (our money) in the future.
I hope the School Board will reconsider and take up Eileen Roy's suggestion. We expect them to monitor the school expenses and save money when possible. This seems like a no-brainer.
My compliments to Roy for being such a good steward for our schools.
Marilyn Walker, Gainesville

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