|Re: Metering Common Heating System||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Joani Blank (jeblankhooked.net)|
|Date: Mon, 21 Oct 1996 19:52:43 -0500|
I too wish the Berkeley community luck with their common metering. Tom (Lent) is a very aware and smart fellow and I trust that with his guidance they will put together a system that works. At Doyle St. we have separate gas and electric meters for each unit (unfortunately we couldn't plumb for gas heat throughout--just got it so far as our kitchen stoves--tnank goodness for that). I would be unhappy if we had some kind of billing here based on square footage for the following reasons. Different ones of us have really different needs around heat AND different levels of conservation awareness as well. One of my neighbors (whose iunit is only marginally larger than mine) spends over $100 per month in the winter (Yes Dorothy, we do have winter here in Northern California, though compared to New England it sure ain't very cold here), while mygas and electric bill has never gone over $15. I confess that since my place has practically no walls, I can warm it up nicely by opening my gas oven door for a couple of hours--only when I am at home of course-- and turning on the cieling fan to circulate the warm air. Our water heating is done centrally in the common house--not a circulation problem since we are all essentially in one building. But a metering system that was supposed to measure hot water used by each unit has never worked at all since this place was built in '92. Except that we pay for laundry differentially which makes that hot water use fairly distributed, the household hot water use is not divided at all fairly. For example, I am a household of one who never uses her dishwasher and showers a couple of times a week, while another household of four uses their dishwasher daily and all four people bathe or shower every day. Hmmm. Well, nobody ever said life is fair. Joani Doyle St. CoHousing, Emeryville, CA
- re: metering common heating system Tom Lent, October 18 1996
- re:metering common heating system Tom Lent, October 22 1996
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