UtilEcon history began with the founding of the company in 1992 to audit utility and telephone bills for commercial and industrial clients. Manufacturers, commercial businesses, school systems and local governments all benefitted from the credits and refunds we were able to recover for them.
One of the key ingredients to this success was the ability to recalculate every bill we reviewed. The computer programs that allowed us to do this were developed internally and could reconcile up to four years of billing history to the penny. We call them our "data sieve" and they are still in use today.
Utility bill auditing is an important component of any energy assessment we do for clients. It quantifies the energy cost and usage which is critical in determining whether an energy measurement system can be designed and installed cost effectively. Plus, if errors are found, credits or refunds can be applied toward such a project if the client chooses to do so.
As UtilEcon history progressed, we began to sub-contract engineering services to measure the performance of HVAC efficiency improvement devices in the late 1990's. This began with data loggers and eventually moved into energy measurement systems. The HVAC testing gave way to sizing power factor correction equipment for manufacturing plants.
Several power correction systems were installed and commissioned along with Rockwell Power Monitors TM and RSEnergy Metrix TM software. As familiarity grew with the Rockwell products services gravitated toward installing stand-alone energy measurement systems. This course of activity has given UtilEcon the opportunity to survey literally hundreds of manufacturing plants and install dozens of energy measurement systems.
Today, we offer clients a thorough utility billing assessment and design and install energy measurement systems. The information we gather during the assessment phase determines whether or not an energy measurement system can be installed and pay for itself within two years. UtilEcon history has shown that if this two year benchmark cannot be met it is unlikely the project will be able to move forward.
UtilEcon Services is owned and operated by Howard Holmes. Prior to starting the company he spent fifteen years working for large manufacturing companies in the aerospace, nuclear, tire, water purification and plastics industry. Positions included draftsman, robotic tool designer, industrial engineer and manager of industrial engineering and scheduling.
He earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, holds a Commercial-Instrument pilots license and is certified to instruct in single engine airplanes and hot air balloons.