Delta Nu Zeta has not
charged for utilities.
It is a good selling point, and
makes things simple - just one amount for rent.
I like to offer free utilities -
as long as people are conservative with water, gas, and electric.
However, with 3 people, the
utilities are higher than when we had 5 tenants.
So I am trying to figure out why,
and figure out some alternatives.
If we can just be aware, and
careful, that should be enough.
My computers use a lot of
electricity, so I agree to pay that.
I like to have Christmas and
It is also good for safety. So I
don't mind paying for electricity.
However, if you see lights on
unnecessarily, please turn them off.
I don't have a thermostat for heat
in the basement.
Only the 1st and 2nd floor benefit
from the furnace which is run by gas.
The furnace heats water that goes
through pipes to all the rooms.
A good policy should not encourage
wasting of water.
One bath or shower per day should
The overnight guest "Sanjay fee"
helps pay for the water the guest uses
- named in honor of the boy friend who stayed over a month in 2009. :)
A good policy should not create a
situation where people are washing:
* Everything they have, upon
* Everything one last wash before
* Things that are not necessary
* One or two things at a time
* Clothes for friends who do not
live in the house (it happened)
* So much that others have to wait
* So many times that the washing
machine needs repair
One wash per week on the average
should be enough for normal times.
This would be 1 load every 1 week
or 2 loads every 2 weeks.
Is this enough?
Personally I do not have a working
washer at the trailer,
so I do 2 loads (white and color)
once per month.
But ladies seem to wash more
I would prefer that this situation
is handled without having to charge for water.
It would take me time to do an
additional complicated calculation for invoicing.
Let's try that people are
The person who puts the clothes in
the wash is responsible for taking them out on time.
There is a noise that that washer
makes as an "alarm"
The person doing the wash should
look at the clock and come back at the ending time.
Everyone is busy. It is not fair
to make someone wait for you to empty your wash.
If someone else wants to use the
washing machine, do not blame them for moving them to the dryer.
The same goes for the dryer. It
also has a timer that you can time.
If your phone has a timer, please
use that to help remind you.
The policies are still in
progress, and I welcome your opinions.
The current version (under
construction) is at