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  • Refocusing Texas Engineering Services on Energy and Utility Management

    Texas Engineering Services has refocused our lines of business on Utility and Energy Management. In addition to our primary line of business, Predominant Use Studies, we have partnered with an experienced Utility Bill Auditing firm, Lumen Utility Consult, and now offer Utility Bill Auditing to our clients. We now have a Certified Energy Manager on staff and also offer Energy Efficiency Projects. We are laser focusing on these three lines of business in the Energy and Utility Management area to help our clients save on energy and utilities.

  • Save Big Money on Your Company’s Natural Gas and Electricity

    In about 30 states across the U.S., including Texas, certain types of businesses can qualify for sales tax exemptions on natural gas and electricity. Your company could qualify for an exemption and refund of sales taxes paid in the past—up to 48 months in Texas. An non-exhaustive list of businesses that may qualify are companies engaged in manufacturing, oil and gas, mining, printing, textiles, radio and television production, and off-wing overhaul of aviation engines and components. The specific rules vary from state-to-state but, in general, obtaining an exemption requires a Predominant Use Study (in Texas, see the Texas Administrative Code, Title 34, Rule §3.295). A Predominant Use Study is a special kind of engineering study used to establish whether the predominant (over 50%) consumption of natural gas or electricity is for sales tax-exempt purposes. Basically, if the predominant use of natural gas or electricity consumed through a particular meter is used for sales-tax-exempt purposes, then all consumption through that meter is sales-tax exempt. The applicable sales-tax rate varies depending on where your company is located but, the savings and refund can be significant and amount to several percent of your natural gas or electric utility bills. Some states give you the option of performing your own Predominant Use Study. In Texas, Rule §3.295 allows allows “a registered engineer or a person with an engineering degree from an accredited engineering college” to perform the study. However, most companies opt to have these studies performed by an outside firm since staff engineers are often not skilled in this area and more appropriately and efficiently engaged supporting their core business. Also, state comptrollers perform audits from time-to-time, so it is important for Predominant Use Studies to be thorough and accurate. Completing a thorough and accurate study is a detailed and painstaking process. Some firms base their fees for performing Predominant Use Studies on a percentage of the potential sales-tax refund for which their clients may be eligible. While this generally reduces or eliminates up-front fees, companies normally pay a lot more for a study under this type of agreement. As always, beware of anyone who promises to do something for “free.” A more transparent approach is a fixed-price fee based on the cost estimate for completing the study. This type of agreement maximizes your refund and minimizes your costs. The bottom line is, if your company qualifies for a sales-tax exemption on natural gas and electricity and you are not taking advantage of the savings, you are leaving money on the table.

  • Yes, Businesses Do Pay Sales-Taxes on Energy Purchases—Both Electricity and Natural Gas!

    There are so many daily concerns that consume most managers time that many are unaware of the fact that commercial businesses pay sales-taxes on both electricity and natural gas. Since there are no sales-taxes on residential electricity and natural gas, some assume the same is true for businesses. Electricity and natural gas represent large expense lines for most businesses and sales-taxes on these bills can be significant. They are often one of those charges on the bill few notice or understand, and they quietly chip away at the bottom line. But, in many cases, there’s an alternative. In Texas, manufacturing and some other types of businesses can qualify for sales-tax exemptions on natural gas and electricity. Your company could qualify for an exemption and refund of sales-taxes paid in the past—up to four years. As detailed in Texas state comptroller rule §3.295, a Predominant Use Study, certified by a qualified engineer, is required to obtain an exemption of sales-taxes on electricity and natural gas. A Predominant Use Study is an engineering study used to establish whether the predominant (or over 50%) consumption of natural gas and/or electricity is for sales tax-exempt purposes. Basically, if the predominant use of natural gas or electricity consumed through a meter is used for sales-tax-exempt purposes, then ALL consumption through that meter is exempt. The monthly savings and refunds can be significant for your business. And, since the maximum refund period is four years, if you have been paying sales-taxes on your electricity or natural gas for four years or more, every month you delay establishing sales-tax exemptions for your business is another month beyond the refund period and lost forever. Download our download our Step-By-Step Guide to obtaining your exemptions and refunds for more information. #predominantusestudies

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  • Energy Audits | Texas Engineering Services

    T EXAS E NGINEERING S ERVICES Certified Energy Managers - Energy and Utility Management Energy Audits Energy Audits identify potential energy and cost savings opportunities. Our team has extensive facilities and operations experience and expertise to in energy efficiency projects. We are Certified Energy Managers, Licensed Professional Engineers, and Texas Pace Authority trained Independent Third Party Reviewers (IPTR). We can help help you identify and prioritize energy savings opportunities. We can also assist in obtaining needed capital for improvements with Texas Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) project funding. We have extensive experience performing Energy Audits We have performed many energy audits for large and small companies in many industries. The process is simple: ​ We conduct an initial on-site survey and gather energy consumption information for the current facility configuration, and equipment. We perform a detailed analysis and produce a Level I Energy Audit report identifying potential cost and energy savings opportunities and impacts. Based on the results of the Level I audit, we work with you to perform a detailed analysis of identified opportunities and perform a Level II or III Energy Audit of targeted equipment and operations. This approach is much more cost effective than performing a Level II or III Energy Audit of the entire facility. We obtain quotations on equipment and installation costs and put together a complete package for each candidate project for a capital investment decision following your corporate standards for Simple Payback Period, Return on Investment (ROI), Net Present Value (NPV), or Net Future Value (NFV).​ We can optionally manage the installation and tracking of results in your facility. Why should you use us? ​ We conduct our on-site surveys without disrupting operations at your facility. We are Certified Energy Managers by the Association of Energy Engineers, Texas Licensed Professional Engineers, and have extensive energy and utility management experience. We offer competitive, no surprise, fixed, value pricing that minimizes costs and maximizes the benefits of performing Energy Audits. We carry general liability and workmen's compensation insurance and can provide proof of coverage as needed. Call, Email , or Contact Us to schedule a no-cost consultation and competitive quotation!

  • Testimonials | Predominant Use Studies | Texas Engineering Services

    T EXAS E NGINEERING S ERVICES Certified Energy Managers - Energy and Utility Management Testimonials Billy Killingsworth General Manager High Limit Properties "Because of the extensive paperwork required, I had been hesitant to begin the Refund Request process in Texas that would require a Predominant Use Study. John Turner at Texas Engineering Services was a tremendous help with everything required from beginning to end. John was always available and tackled any and all situations immediately. Without John's help and guidance I would never have been able to complete the refund requests to the state of Texas specifications. Call John. He will help you get it done." Anand Patel Co-CEO & CFO QT Manufacturing "John Turner added tremendous value to our organization by updating up a predominant use study completed by another firm. His integrity really shined through and we will certainly use him going forward.” Jared Day Owner Lumen Utility Consult "Texas Engineering Services was great! They clearly know exactly what they are doing. The predominant use study they provided me was professional and looked very nice. The engineer was still willing to help answer my questions long after the job was finished and was very kind and helpful throughout the process. I will definitely be using the services again in the Future." Dorlis Creager Accounting Performance Steering Components "Earlier this year PSC Motorsports contracted with Texas Engineering Services to perform a Predominant Use Study for our manufacturing facility. John Turner conducted the study in a timely and professional manner for a very reasonable fee. He provided the necessary documentation and subsequent support we needed for our project." Eric Dykman Director of Operations Stein LTC “The professionalism that Texas Engineering Services provided during our Predominant Use Study far exceeded our expectations. Through their guidance and knowledge of the regulations, they helped our entity recoup the max refund possible.” Bob Foreman Senior Director Business Development Priority Power Management "Texas Engineering Services (TES) did a great job performing a predominant use study for a major Textile Plant in South Texas. This complex study involved natural gas and electric energy at a new manufacturing facility with 8 delivery points located in South Texas. The final report was excellent, delivered on time and well organized. I recommend TES to any entity requiring a Predominant Use Study or other general engineering services." Eric Powers Owner Powers Machine, LLC "John did a thorough, exceptional electric use study for our factory to help reduce the sales tax we pay. He was very prompt, professional, and courteous. His fees were extremely reasonable, therefore I would certainly recommend him for your own factory's electric study. The knowledge he brings to your curiosity about electricity is well worth the cost!" Sharon Reed Accounting Pond King, Inc. “Our company needed a Predominant Use Study to determine our eligibility for a sales tax exemption from the Texas State Comptroller, and we only had two weeks to do so. We engaged Texas Engineering Services to conduct the study and were very pleased with the results. They performed the study quickly and efficiently, resulting in our company receiving the exemption/refund requested. Texas Engineering Services delivered a valuable service in a very professional manner that got us the desired result.” David Burris Title? ZLS Corporation "My company needed a new Predominant Use study to continue to claim tax exemption status with our electrical utility. We contacted Texas Engineering Services and they sent Eric Malmstrom to conduct the study. He was personable with the knowledge and skills needed to do a thorough and accurate study in an efficient manner. We were very impressed with Texas Engineering Services and they have our highest recommendation to anyone who wants a worry-free experience." Bill Jandt Facilities Manager DJO Global, LLC "Texas Engineering Services is a very professional and detailed company. Our manufacturing facility had them complete a Predominant Use Study. Eric was very detailed in all areas that he needed to be involved in down to the very detailed reports. They were very prompt from the first call to receiving the final report. Very pleased with the services that they provided my facility. Thank you again John and Eric!" Call, Email , or Contact Us to schedule a no-cost consultation and competitive quotation!

  • FAQs | Predominant Use Studies | Texas Engineering Services

    T EXAS E NGINEERING S ERVICES Certified Energy Managers - Energy and Utility Management Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Call, Email , or Contact Us to schedule a no-cost consultation and competitive quotation!

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