…when your landlord pays the utilities.
Imagine moving into your apartment in June. The faucet leaks. It’s annoying as all heck. Your roomie tells the landlord that the faucet leaks. He says he’ll get around to fixing it. November rolls around, and it’s now a steady stream of water. Landlord says, “But utilities are included in your rent; why do you care?” Er, aside from the fact that “drip, drip, drip, drip, drip” is annoying, and it wastes natural resources?
So this elephant took a page out of one of the suggestions she saw in a gossip column (“gossip columns” are here, here, and here): put a measuring cup underneath, measure ounces per minute, and convert into gallons per day and per month. When you tell someone how much is coming out (and how much it costs!), rather than the very indistinct “the faucet is dripping,” it apparently spurs husbands into action. Would it work with a landlord?
It was worth a try. Turns out that the faucet was leaking at a rate of 30 gallons per day. Without the utility bill, we couldn’t convert into cash, but my roomie told our landlord’s secretary at 2 pm on Wednesday. By dinner time, that day, we had a brand-new faucet.