Cost Control Associates

Cost Control Associates helps school districts reduce energy, waste removal and telecom costs. We do not sell or install equipment. We simply provide the industry expertise to analyze your costs and make sure you have the right rate structures and service options.


Reduce District Costs

CCA logoCost Control Associates helps school districts reduce energy, waste removal and telecom costs. Cost Control Associates has saved millions of dollars for school and government organizations across Arizona.

Utility providers often make mistakes on customer billings, and that’s where Cost Control Associates can help. We know how to spot those errors. We have experience working with Arizona providers and know the right questions to ask and when to press for more information.

You Pay Nothing

Cost Control Associates works on a contingency basis. You get all the benefits with no upfront costs.

Our fee is based on the refunds and cost savings we find for your district. If we find nothing, you pay nothing.

Be Our Next Arizona Success Story:

School District Benefits from Closer Analysis of Utility Costs

Running a city-wide school district requires a significant investment in utilities. With today’s tight budgets, it’s smart to know exactly what you are paying for.

The Challenge

The best advertising comes from word-of- mouth referrals, and that’s how Cost Control Associates came to work for the Chandler Unified School District. When Chief Financial Officer Joel Wirth learned of the impressive savings Cost Control realized for another Arizona school district, he wondered if the Chandler district was paying too much for its own utilities. Wirth hired Cost Control Associates to perform an analysis of the district’s energy, cellular and telecom costs.

The analysis was well worth any effort on our part. School districts are stretched pretty thin these days, and we were delighted when Cost Control Associates found significant opportunities for refunds and savings.Joel Wirth Chief Financial Officer Chandler Unified School District

“As diligent as your employees are, they are probably not utility experts. We do this kind of work day in and day out, and we know what to look for. Our experts have the industry knowledge to push harder to get answers from utility vendors, and in the end, that pays off with savings for our customers.”

The energy and telecom experts at Cost Control Associates worked with the school district to gather copies of their utility bills, supplier agreements and related contracts. After assembling all the details, the examination began.

The Solution

The energy and telecom experts at Cost Control Associates worked with the school district to gather copies of their utility bills, supplier agreements and related contracts. After assembling all the details, the examination began.

Using their Energy, Cellular and Telecom Cost Reduction and Recovery programs, Cost Control found significant refunds and cost savings. Their analysis uncovered opportunities for rate adjustments, identified billing errors and helped the district take a closer look at services they may not need or do not use.

I give Cost Control Associates a 10-out-of-10 rating on their overall services. I found them very easy to work with.Joel Wirth Chief Financial Officer Chandler Unified School District

“Many organizations rely on their purchasing departments or other units to manage utility costs in addition to other duties… As diligent as your employees are, they are probably not utility experts. We do this kind of work day in and day out, and we know what to look for. Our experts have the industry knowledge to push harder to get answers from utility vendors, and in the end, that pays off with savings for our customers,” says Keith Laake, President, Cost Control Associates.

To learn more, call Kevin Laake at 518-824-0322 or 1-800-836-3787.

Finding Light in a Tight School Budget

Today Gilbert Public Schools has en enrollment of more than 39,000 students. Facilities include 26 elementary schools, six junior high schools, five high schools, four academies (including one online learning school and another for foreign language) and one alternative education facility.

The Challenge

Gilbert Public Schools sought cost savings across its entire school system. Energy, waste/sewer and telecom were targeted, and the assistant superintendent established the goals to be achieved. The plan was to identify overcharges, collect refunds, implement cost savings through rate reductions and confirm that all bills were correct. Ultimately they decided that Cost Control Associates and its Cost Recovery and Reduction service provided the best solution.

The Solution

Using its proprietary software and seasoned team of energy, waste and telecom analysts, Cost Control Associates began its detailed review of the school’s utility accounts and services. After a thorough analysis, they provided a detailed account of their findings.

We were impressed with the fact that Cost Control Associates’ efforts produced refunds and annual savings of over $40,000, but the greatest value is that we now know we have been accurately billed by the utility and telecom companies.Clyde Dangerfield Former Assistant Superintendent Gilbert Public Schools
After receiving the green light to continue, the Cost Control team next went to work obtaining the refunds, correcting and negotiating services and verifying that all the changes were implemented and accounted for.

Cost Control Associates’ review produced telecom refunds of more than $10,000 and annual savings over $23,000. The energy review identified annual savings of nearly $6,500. Charges for water and sewer services were found to be correct.

When the review was completed, Gilbert Public Schools had the assurance that its utility bills were properly rated and calculated. They could now look toward the future with the know- ledge that they are no longer overpaying on utilities. Perhaps best of all, they can rest easily, knowing they are efficient, cost-conscious stewards of precious school tax funds.
To learn more, call Kevin Laake at 518-824-0322 or 1-800-836-3787.