How the Pear.ai Platform helped Wesleyan University reach goals on efficiency & carbon reduction
Pear.ai alleviated a very time-intensive accounts payable process.
Pear.ai made accessing Wesleyan’s entire energy footprint easy and straightforward, allowing the university to take control of their energy data.
Pear.ai completely transformed how Wesleyan manages its energy consumption and how it interacts with its various utilities.
Wesleyan University in
Middletown, Connecticut powers
their academic buildings and
student and faculty housing...
The university receives more than 600 paper utility bills per month which creates a logistical challenge. The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the challenge of managing the Wesleyan energy portfolio, especially since the most administrative staff had to work remotely, creating business continuity risk.
Wesleyan had several challenges with its utility management processes.
First, its accounts payable (A/P) processing was done manually with paper bills, which was slow, error prone, frustrating, and targeted as an area of improvement by the management team.
Wesleyan did not have bill auditing or validation steps, which increased the chances for errors.
Data management was challenging as the paper bill line-item details were manually entered into an antiquated energy management system (EMS) that did not include submeters, leading to incomplete data.
Reporting through EMS was difficult as there was no integration with its automated logic systems.
These issues combined caused Wesleyan to be
2-3 months behind
in processing utility bills.
The Pear.ai platform was implemented to include
over 1,000 energy meters. Wesleyan’s account payable
issues were eliminated almost immediately,
saving 20 hours a month.
How Does it Work?
Redirect bills to Pear.ai or provide Pear.ai access to the utility website. The Pear.ai Platform downloads or scans all bills into the system.
Every data element on the bill is ingested into the system. Over 60 data verification checks are performed.
Additional analysis is performed to identify efficiency opportunities.
Payment files are provided nightly to ensure timely bill payment.
The Pear.ai Platform helps universities like Wesleyan streamline utility operations.
Wesleyan anticipates even more benefits from the Pear.ai Platform, as the university has committed to achieving carbon neutrality and prioritizing energy efficiency, as well as low-carbon energy sources.
A modern technology suite designed for utility operations.
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