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How To Save Money On Utilities Despite Inflation, Using Ratio Billing

Posted by Written with love by the Livable Content Team on Dec 2, 2021 9:15:00 AM

Livable often hits double-digit usage decreases for buildings that implement the RUBS program - Ratio Utility Billing System. For example, in a fully occupied four-unit building, water and electricity use went down 31 percent in the first year that Livable’s RUBS was implemented.

What is conservation and how can you help?

Posted by Written with love by the Livable Content Team on Nov 2, 2021 10:15:00 AM

The benefits of consuming less and conserving more

At Livable, we know that energy conservation contributes to our goal of saving the environment and saving apartment owners money.

Nationwide Eviction Moratorium Finally Comes to an End

Posted by Written with love by the Livable Content Team on Oct 6, 2021 11:42:02 AM

Congress did not pass any new legislation and, in fact, its initial moratorium expired in July 2020. After that point, the extensions were directed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which claimed it was authorized by a 1944 law to mandate that people stay in their homes so that they would not be put into situations where they might become infected with and spread COVID-19.

The Country’s Most and Least Expensive Cities for Utilities

Posted by Written with love by the Livable Content Team on Sep 2, 2021 9:00:00 AM
"The East Coast tended to be among the cheapest places for water bills, with Upstate New York leading the way. Albany had the least-expensive average water bill at just over $20 a month, but Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo all had water bills under $30 a month as well..."

Eviction moratorium goes past the nationwide deadline in California, New York and more

Posted by Written with love by the Livable Content Team on Aug 2, 2021 9:00:00 AM
"While there is some recognition of this distress in the deal by providing 100% in rent assistance and requirements for the tenants to use the funds to pay rent, we are very concerned as to when this moratorium will actually end," Christine LaMarca, president of the California Rental Housing Association.

What Amenities Do Tenants Want Post-Pandemic?

Posted by Written with love by the Livable Content Team on Jul 7, 2021 9:00:00 AM
Having a garden was the most desired of these outdoor spaces, adding an
average of $144 a month to a listing’s value, according to the report. A roof
deck only added an average of $68 and a balcony was only $35 more on

You CAN Save on Utility Bills This Summer

Posted by Written with love by the Livable Content Team on Jun 2, 2021 12:07:04 PM

In most locations, summer is the time when residential utility use really skyrockets. The air conditioning is on full blast and people stay in seeking refuge from the heat, using lights and electricity during peak hours when rates may be higher. Sweaty weather also means more showers and loads of laundry, increasing water bills. 

Make RUBS Part of Your Long-Term Wealth-Building Strategy

Posted by Content Director on May 27, 2021 2:46:27 PM

After years of upward momentum, the national rental market took a definitive slide during the pandemic as many tenants bunked with family and friends to both save money and have some companionship during long shelter-in-place orders. One out of every 14 multifamily properties in the U.S. saw occupancy drop by 5 percent or more between April 2020 and April 2021, according to a study of Yardi Matrix data.


Smart saver tip of the month

Insulating water pipes is a quick and inexpensive way to lower water-heating costs. The easy upgrade reduces heat loss and allows you to lower your buildings’ water temperature setting by two to four degrees. Plus, since water doesn’t take as long to heat up, less of this precious resource is wasted waiting for faucets and showers to get to the appropriate temperature.

On smaller buildings, this is a definite DIY job that should take less than a day to complete. Check out the U.S. Department of Energy’s website for a comprehensive shopping list and step-by-step instructions.