Maximizing Savings and Sustainability: A Comprehensive Guide to Reducing Water and Utility Costs through RUBS this Summer

Posted by Livable Content Team on Jun 6, 2024 4:10:04 PM

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Ratio Utility Billing Systems (RUBS) are becoming increasingly relevant as a means of cost savings, especially in multi-family dwellings. They provide a transparent and equitable method for allocating utility costs based on factors like occupancy and unit size, while encouraging individual conservation efforts. With summer approaching and utility bills expected to rise, implementing water-saving practices under a RUBS structure can lead to substantial financial and environmental benefits for property owners. Let’s explore how you can apply various strategies to maximize savings by minimizing water consumption throughout the summer months.

Practical Tips for Reducing Water Consumption

Repair Leaks Promptly: Even minor leaks can waste a substantial amount of water over time. Regularly inspect faucets, toilets, pipes and irrigation systems for leaks repairing them fully and promptly. Remember, a dripping faucet or running toilet can waste hundreds of gallons of water each day. Regular inspections and quick repairs are essential for financial efficiency. 

Install Water-Efficient Appliances: Replacing old appliances with water-efficient models can significantly reduce water consumption. Look for appliances with the WaterSense label, which indicates that they meet EPA's criteria for water efficiency. For example, a WaterSense-labeled washing machine can save a household an average of 3,000 gallons of water per year compared to a standard model.

Additionally, replacing shower-heads, faucets and toilets with low-flow alternatives can substantially reduce water usage without compromising performance. Low-flow shower-heads use less than 2.5 gallons of water per minute, compared to standard shower-heads that use up to 5 gallons per minute. Similarly, low-flow faucets can save up to 30% of water compared to standard models.

Landscaping Considerations: Optimize outdoor water usage by watering plants early in the morning or late in the evening to minimize evaporation. Consider using a soaker hose or drip irrigation system, which delivers water directly to the roots, reducing runoff and water waste. Additionally, collect rainwater in barrels for irrigation purposes, further reducing the strain on municipal water supplies. Finally, when choosing plants for landscaping, consider plants that require less water, especially in dry climates.

Educate Tenants: Unlike traditional utility billing, where costs are often divided equally

among Residents regardless of individual usage, RUBS incentivizes responsible consumption. By establishing a direct correlation between water usage and billing amounts, Residents are encouraged to adopt water-saving habits, as their financial well-being becomes intertwined with their conservation efforts. This shift in perspective can lead to a significant reduction in water wastage, resulting in significant economic and environment benefits. 

  • Provide Tips: Offer information on water-saving practices, like shorter showers, turning off the faucet while brushing teeth and only running full loads of laundry or dishes.
  • Incentivize Conservation: Consider offering small rewards for Residents who consistently conserve water.
  • Promote Water Conservation Awareness: Encourage Residents to adopt water-saving practices by sharing tips and information through community newsletters, bulletin boards or social media groups. Organize workshops or educational events to raise awareness about the importance of water conservation and the benefits of RUBS.
  • Direct Residents to Livable’s Instagram: @livableinc and the Livable Now Blog more for ways to conserve and save. 

Benefits of Water Conservation under RUBS

Implementing these water-saving practices under a RUBS structure can yield multiple benefits. Residents can experience a significant reduction in their utility bills, freeing up financial resources for other essential needs. Additionally, the collective effort to conserve water can reduce the strain on local water resources, ensuring a sustainable future for the community. Lastly, the reduced water consumption can lower the energy required for water treatment and distribution, contributing to a smaller carbon footprint and a healthier environment.

Embracing water conservation under a RUBS framework with Livable can lead to a win-win situation for Property Owners, Residents and the environment. By adopting simple yet effective water-saving habits, Residents can minimize their utility costs while contributing to a sustainable future. With summer approaching and water usage expected to increase, implementing these practices can make a substantial difference in reducing water consumption and maximizing financial savings.

Start Saving Today!

Livable's Ratio Utility Billing System (RUBS) is the ultimate solution for Property Owners and managers seeking to simplify utility cost allocation and promote conservation. Our customizable system fairly distributes utility expenses for water, sewer, trash and more, taking into account various factors such as unit occupancy, square footage, and amenities. By implementing Livable's RUBS, you can alleviate the burden of complex billing processes, encourage responsible resource usage among residents, and ultimately increase your property's net operating income. Experience the ease and efficiency of Livable's RUBS and unlock a new level of utility management for your property. Try Livable Pro now! 

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