Average energy/water use of adults vs children?
March 31, 2011 5:06 AM Subscribe
I live in a house shared amongst 10 tenants, including 2 children, aged 12 and 8. We're trying to figure out a fair way to divide electricity/gas/water bills. Specifically, how much less utilities should the children be charged for, and until which age?
posted by PardonMyFrench to Home & Garden (24 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've searched facts and figures on this topic, but have come up very empty handed, with only stats available being on a per capita basis...
My gut feeling/daily observation tells me that the kids actually look like they're using a lot more energy than most of the adults, since they require a lot of laundry being done/leave the lights on all the time/are actually at home a lot more often than most of the adults with jobs.
The parents of the kids are now paying half price for the children, and would like to keep it that way... indefinitely?
Their oldest turned 12 this year, which looked to me like a good cut-off mark.
I'd like to back up my arguments at the next house meeting with good sources or figures, or at least what the "industry standard" is for these type of issues?
For instance, in most restaurants here, the kids menu is available for children under 12...
I'm in Amsterdam, NL, if this is relevant. Thanks!