I’ve never paid a utilities bill. I’ve paid a lot of tuition, loan, and insurance bills – but never water, electric, gas, etc. Since I started living in apartments in college I’ve always lived where rent “includes utilities.” Sounds awesome, right? In college it makes a lot of sense, landlords want to avoid stupid college kids avoiding utility bills and causing them lots of problems, so they rack up the monthly rate and pay the utilities themselves. This is great… for the landlords.
Currently, David and I are subletting from a guy on vacation (unfortunately it’s more like house sitting but we actually have to pay… oh well). At the moment, we’re searching for a longer term apartment for August 1st. While looking around Durango for an apartment David and I find ourselves debating the “utilities problem” a lot. Rent that includes utilities can make an apartment look more pleasing, but in reality I don’t think it’s helpful.
I want to save energy. I want to save water. I want to save gas. In doing all of those things, I’d also like to save money. My money. I’m not trying to save my landlord money. Even though it sounds dangerous when you’re looking at ads, I actually think that paying your own utilities can be really useful for people trying to save resources and the environment. Paying your own electricity bill provides you with an additional economic incentive to turn off the lights. Same applies to water and gas conservation.
Our biggest problem at the moment is that Durango apartments that don’t include utilities still cost nearly as much as the ones that do… so who knows what we’ll do. Hopefully the right place shows it’s face (or front door) soon; ideally before August 1st…
Do you use your utility bills to save the environment?