When it comes right down to it, utilities— both government-run and private sector — provide essential services to communities across the U.S. Still, delivering water, electricity and natural gas isn’t free, and when customers fail to pay and then fall seriously behind on their bills, a utility company has no choice but to take action.
It’s a common scenario for a public utility company: Every few years, the governing body must hold its nose and vote to write off millions in uncollected debt. Of course, in many states, statutes of limitations force this unwanted step because after a debt reaches a certain age, it’s no longer legal to collect it. Despite best
A faulty air conditioner during a heat wave or an undetected water leak are two things that can rack up hundreds of dollars on a utility customer’s monthly bill. These higher-than-expected utility bills can disrupt your customer’s budget, which can result in a delay in payment or even nonpayment. Whatever their financial situation may be, you
For a utility company, a block of unpaid bills on the books can be a millstone. Unfortunately, with each missed payment, your chances of recovering the money starts slipping away. To help you get paid more quickly, take a look at some preventive measures and strategies to deal with these common situations. Old debts: In many states,
Not all tenants are alike. While many pay their utility bills on time, all the time, some are prone to skipping town and leaving their landlord behind to make up the balance. To smooth over this unfortunate process, here are some strategies and best practices when working with tenants and landlords in utility collection and delinquency.
Some problems don’t come with obvious solutions. For example, one issue that has been making headlines is malfunctioning meter equipment, which results in back billing customers to make up for the losses. When equipment does not function correctly and it turns out the customer has been underpaying for the product, the utility often finds itself with
Trying new things. If you’re a utility provider, finding a new revenue stream may feel like a challenge and a risk. But most regulated utilities providers are seeking one or more new revenue streams, according to Utility Dive’s 2016 State of the Electric Utility Survey. Finding new and alternative sources of revenue is a primary
Utility prices such as electricity and natural gas rates may vary across your state. This can be a source of frustration for your customers, especially if they are comparing rates between public and private utilities. According to an analysis by the New York Times, in 32 of 48 states, customers pay less for public utilities
Utilities have long been regarded as part of a traditional and steady industry that is pretty set in its ways. But that doesn’t mean billing can’t evolve. Retooling your billing strategies with better utilities collections practices can decrease past-due accounts while raising customer satisfaction. Here are a few tips: Collect and maintain accurate customer data: When customers sign up for service, collect their