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Can landlords make a profit from utilities payments?

In Washington State, can a landlord legally make a profit off of a business tenant's utility payments? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 12, 2009 - 2 answers

Offline Blog Reader?

Offline blog reader? I've backed up my blog into an XML file. I'd like to read it offline. Open Office has XML support but this is not an efficient solution. There are online solutions--importing the xml file into a new blog, for example--but I'd just like to read while offline from the xml file. Is there a program that will permit this?
posted by tesseract420 on Mar 12, 2009 - 6 answers

[do] leave the light on, baby

We've been in our apartment for six months this February. We have yet to receive an electric bill. [more inside]
posted by meghosaurus on Jan 31, 2009 - 17 answers

How do you split stuff up when one person's not around?

Should I ask my roommate to pay her share of the utilities when she was gone all month? [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Jan 16, 2009 - 26 answers

I can't afford this.

Why does my electric furnace use twice as much energy as my neighbor's? I live in a townhome development and we have the same floor plan. [more inside]
posted by PFL on Jan 13, 2009 - 14 answers

Heat is expensive!

My heating bill is about twice as much as my downstairs neighbors'. What's going on, and what can I do to mitigate the cost? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Jan 3, 2009 - 17 answers

Future Comcast Customer Looking For A Deal

Looking for the best deal on Comcast! I'm moving into a new house in the Denver Metro area tomorrow and I'm looking to get Comcast service. I need television service and high speed internet. I'm willing to commit to up to a year of service. Where can I get the best deal/discounts/perks for signing up as a new customer? [more inside]
posted by shew on Nov 26, 2008 - 6 answers

Where can I find information about the US electricity market?

I would like to learn more about electricity markets, electrical infrastructure, utilities, transmission systems, generation technologies, applicable regulations, etc. Where can I find up-to-date and comprehensive information on these topics? [more inside]
posted by theexpgen on Nov 20, 2008 - 6 answers

Need some help with a lying roommate.

My new roommate (of 2 weeks) lied to me about why the gas was turned off. I'm subletting, and I'm getting out. Do I have any option for recourse? [more inside]
posted by sacrifix on Nov 14, 2008 - 28 answers

Renters and Telephones

Telephone lines: whose obligation? Renting in an unincorporated area [more inside]
posted by small_ruminant on Aug 28, 2008 - 4 answers

Looking for an anti-duplicate file finder.

Can someone suggest a Windows utility to search for non-duplicated files on different hard drives? I've got multiple hard drives with tens of thousands of files on them. Many are duplicates, but not necessarily in the same directories. I need to identify the files that are on one drive, but not on the other, regardless of their location in the directory tree. [more inside]
posted by cosmac on Aug 23, 2008 - 6 answers

Estimating utilities in a college town

Help us to estimate utilities? [more inside]
posted by laskagirl on Jul 16, 2008 - 3 answers

Why don't electric companies take credit cards?

Why do electric utilities either not take credit cards for payment or charge ridiculously large surcharges ($5) to do so? [more inside]
posted by OTA on Jun 22, 2008 - 9 answers

How much does it cost to live in Marina Del Rey (or LA in general)

I will be moving to Marina Del Rey from NY soon. I've been a New Yorker all my life, and don't know much about west coast economics. I do come from the 10th most expensive-to-live-in county in the country, so I'm sure I won't be terribly ruffled by the prices. I was hoping I could get some insight on how much it typically costs for: Electric, Gas and Heat, Water, Cable/Net, and any other utilties I may have missed. Thanks!
posted by FireStyle on May 25, 2008 - 10 answers

Can the electricity company charge a deposit regardless of credit?

I am new to renting and I just called the power company and they said that I have to pay a deposit no mater what my credit is. Is this normal practice? [more inside]
posted by stevechemist on May 16, 2008 - 31 answers

Please explain gas company jargon before I explode

I'm helping out a small not-for-profit with their financials and cost-containment. I've received a letter from our local natural gas provider which is confusing and (of course) it has been impossible to find anyone at the company who can give me a straight answer. So, it is up to me to decide, should we take their offer or not when it comes to signing a contract for gas rates? [more inside]
posted by jeanmari on May 12, 2008 - 3 answers

Right Click Glory

For example say I have a quicktime file open and I want to open the folder where the file resides...is there a program that will do this...? [more inside]
posted by matthelm on Mar 13, 2008 - 7 answers

How to deal with good person who is a bad roommate

I bought a house a few months ago, shortly thereafter asked a friend and former housemate to move in with me, and am now feeling almost constantly enraged by behaviors that didn't bother me so much when I didn't own the house we shared. In fairness to myself, I think some of the behaviors are genuinely unfortunate--but I need some advice on what are reasonable limitations and how to stop my own complete transformation into a raging, miserable Nazi. [more inside]
posted by vegsister on Feb 21, 2008 - 15 answers

Fountains of Trouble

I recently went out of town for 10 days and had a sprinkler valve fail, and flow for about a week. I just got the water bill 257,200 gallons in water usage (good thing we had a lot of rain this year in Austin) and around a $2000.00 bill not including wastewater. So, I'm going to call the city to see if they'll cut me some slack. Does anyone know if there are any magic words to say that would make the city of Austin ( experience with other municipal utilities would be helpful, I'm sure a lot of them have similar policies) wave some of all of thier charges?
posted by TahitiBlue on Jan 7, 2008 - 20 answers

XP software suggestions?

Last week with the help of AskMetaFilter I installed a new hard drive and a fresh install of Windows XP. Thanks! Now I would like opinions on software and utilities. Hopefully free. [more inside]
posted by snowjoe on Oct 20, 2007 - 24 answers

Looking for utility to list information about files.

Is there a utility (freeware or not) that will allow me to specify a directory in Windows XP and monitor that directory for any changes to files (access time, modified time, etc..)? [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Oct 8, 2007 - 7 answers

How do I move lots of files based on a list?

Any software out there that can match files from a folder based on a list of keywords, and move the matches to another folder? [more inside]
posted by nataaniinez on Sep 12, 2007 - 9 answers

Dead or just mostly dead?

My external drive has gone pfft. Now what? [more inside]
posted by Gilbert on Jun 29, 2007 - 2 answers

saving money to spend on more daytime cellphone calls!

How to be a (cheapskate) grown-up in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by twistofrhyme on May 30, 2007 - 8 answers

Any tools to manage status for multiple messaging clients?

Are there any Windows utilities that manage the status information for multiple IM clients? Skype, MSN, Yahoo... [more inside]
posted by fsmontenegro on Apr 24, 2007 - 2 answers

The cost of hydro and electricity in Vancouver

The cost of apartment living in Vancouver, Canada...? [more inside]
posted by johnsmith415 on Apr 2, 2007 - 8 answers

Why is my ConEd bill so high?

Why is my ConEd bill so high? [more inside]
posted by cgs on Feb 9, 2007 - 19 answers

How to share a washer/dryer with other tenants?

So I found a new home. Its great. Only catch is this: there is a washer dryer hookup but I'm pretty sure its hooked up to only one of the unit's electric/gas (I'm not sure who's). This seems like this would ultimately lead to conflict. I'm trying to figure out a low stress solution to this problem. [more inside]
posted by mrgreyisyelling on Jan 25, 2007 - 8 answers

Help Me Properly Protect My Machine

I'm a serial reinstaller of windows. Help me located freeware/shareware programs to properly protect my machine from affects which will make me want to wipe the slate clean again. I’d like to reinstall and do it right from the beginning. Feel free to post any useful utility. [more inside]
posted by JakeLL on Jan 9, 2007 - 13 answers

Insurance! Water! Heat! Lights! Action!

After a last minute sale of my condo, the deal on the house I bought closes on Thursday. I need to arrange for utilities, insurance, and some repairs, and have next-to-no time to do research. If you have a satisfactory provider of any of these things and said provider's services are available to a Torontonian, recommend away! And of course I'll think of you all when I'm doing my happy dance on my rooftop terrace;-) [more inside]
posted by orange swan on Nov 20, 2006 - 8 answers

landlord tenant law in the US regarding utilities

Is it legal for landlords in the United States and the State of Colorado to pay the utilities for a building and then evenly divide the sum between all of the apartments? Someone told me that there was law against this but I have been unable to locate it. They said that essentially all units must be metered or the rent can be raised to "include utilities" but that they could not pass utilities on without metering apartments so that each pays their share. [more inside]
posted by occidental on Nov 18, 2006 - 6 answers

Application that Visually Displays XP Folders in a Pie Graph

I used to have a little software application that would assess my hard drive and display a colorful pie graph of folders and subfolders, so that it was very easy to visually determine the location of the file bulk. Does anyone remember what I'm talking about? Bonus points for freeware.
posted by abbyladybug on Aug 25, 2006 - 14 answers

Help me send to a new folder via right-click in XP

I want "send to a new folder" to be on my "send to" right-click menu (XP) [more inside]
posted by Kwantsar on Jun 11, 2006 - 12 answers

How do I keep my neighbors from stealing my power?

I just found out our new neighbors are stealing our power. What to do? [more inside]
posted by radioamy on Jun 5, 2006 - 61 answers

Lost my Utils

I accidentally deleted my Utilities folder (OS X 10.4.5) in a moment of madness. Was there anything in there I actually needed? I am kind of missing Grab. Is there somewhere to download it, or do I need to dig out the install disc?
posted by roofus on Apr 13, 2006 - 5 answers

Choices, Choices, Choices

I'm moving to London in October. Help me decide on phone, internet access etc... [more inside]
posted by smcniven on Mar 16, 2006 - 23 answers

How to calculate gas bills in advance

How to calculate the likely cost of my winter Gas heating bill (UK)? [more inside]
posted by lemonpillows on Mar 3, 2006 - 9 answers

Who the hell put that cable there?

Does a utility company have the right to run a cable over my property to my neighbor's house? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Feb 23, 2006 - 27 answers

A portable Windows sysadm for the common man?

What would you put on a CD to give to non-technical Windows users to help them clean spyware off of their PC and doing other related easy technical tasks? [more inside]
posted by furvyn on Jan 2, 2006 - 9 answers

Good Free Mac software and utilities

New Mac UserFilter - Loading up a new iBook: What software and utilities should I put on it. [more inside]
posted by clarkie666 on Dec 16, 2005 - 19 answers

What useful programs/utilities can I put on a thumbdrive?

What useful programs/utilities can I put on a thumbdrive? [more inside]
posted by EmuBite on Nov 14, 2005 - 14 answers

Graphical volume cataloger?

I like what VisualCD does (makes a browseable catalog of a given disk), but it is bonking on files bigger than 2GB. This is a deal breaker for my needs. Anybody know a more robust alternative for Win32, that does the same thing?
posted by everichon on Nov 8, 2005 - 0 answers

"Copy as Text" from Windows Explorer

I'm looking for a Windows tool that will allow you to "Copy as Text" from Windows Explorer. Anybody know of anything? [more inside]
posted by bwilms on Oct 15, 2005 - 12 answers

How much does it cost to wash?

How much does it cost (or what is the amount of electricity / volume of water used) to do one full load of laundry, as an average. Or, how would I go about getting precise figures for this? I want to know how much too much we pay to operate the pay-per-load laundry machines in our new apartment building.
posted by ChrisR on Jul 16, 2005 - 5 answers

Fax Utilities for Mac OS X--recommendations?

Fax Utilities for Mac OS X--recommendations? The utility that comes with Tiger is only for the occasional fax.
posted by ParisParamus on Jun 29, 2005 - 3 answers

Bulk del.icio.us Editing

I use del.icio.us a LOT. I have over 500 links. I want to do some editing of all of my links. There are several links I'd like to delete, and it seems the only way I can do that is to open each one individuall, which is incredibly time consuming. Oftentimes, I want to add the same tag to several links in a certain category. In general, there are just several occasions where it would be very helpful to have some way to edit many links at once. Does anyone know of any utilies that make this easier (software, extensions, online sites that speed up the process, etc.)?
posted by abbyladybug on Jun 23, 2005 - 6 answers

Web-based calendar recommends

I'm having trouble choosing among the myriad web-based calendar management programs. Which do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by RockyChrysler on Jun 2, 2005 - 5 answers

Lists of OSX Software

Howdy! Mac OSX folks: What's your favourite source for finding good Macintosh shareware/freeware? [more inside]
posted by NewGear on Apr 15, 2005 - 13 answers

A Utility to Bookmark All Links?

Is there any javascript, Firefox plugin/extension or utility out there which would enable me to bookmark every link on a webpage automatically? [more inside]
posted by Dreama on Mar 10, 2005 - 3 answers

XP Utility for Batch File Management (File Moves, or Multiple Copies)?

I know there are batch renaming utilities, but I'm looking for a more general batch-file management tool. I'm in the middle of a big job that involves all sorts of renaming and rearranging of file / folder structures. For instance, I have a hundred folders, each of which contains a subfolder called Images. Within Images, there are three jpegs. I need to delete the Images folders but not the jpegs. The jpegs need to be moved up-one-level into the main folders. Another task involved copying a single html file into all 100 folders. This is all using WinXP.
posted by grumblebee on Sep 29, 2004 - 6 answers

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