|Re: Shared Utilities||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rowena Conkling (rowenacworldnet.att.net)|
|Date: Sat, 29 Aug 1998 09:45:03 -0500|
Cambridge Coho started off with the same plan: buy wholesale, individually meter each unit and charge for unit use and common house use through association fees. However, our local building inspector (the 800 pound gorilla!) insisted that this was illegal and that we either had to have a single meter or separate service to each unit. So, we now have 41 meters stacked in our basement and are still in the throes of figuring out how to divide up the costs. Right now, six months later, all costs are assigned based on square footage, and there is no question that we have a favorable rate because we wholesale it. This is important in a part of the coutry with the highest utility rates. Meanwhile, the mathematicians, economists, computer experts and simply opinionated among us, are developing some kind of spread sheet which will supposedly produce a more equitable division. They will then have to pursuade the sceptics among us to accept it! Oh, the joys of moving in! If people cannot be pursuaded of the equity of division we may have to install the meters down the line and fight the inspector. Interestingly enough there seems to be no corrolation between the desire for iondividual meters and the likelihood that the unit owner is being overcharged. For instance, single people in relatively large units are presently being overcharged by the square footage system but are not among the strongest proponents of metering. Go figure! Rowenac CambridgeCoho ecky Schaller wrote: > > We are looking at how to pay the utility bills in the most > equitable and cost effective way. Have other cohousing groups had > shared utilites? For example, the community has one master electric > meter and private individual meters for each unit. Individuals then > pay for their utilities through the monthly association fees. > > Becky Schaller > Sonora Cohousing in Tucson, AZ >
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