I would like to respond to the presentation this morning by Andrew and Melissa. One of their ending points about conservation was the landlord incentive, and that applies to me.
In my apartment complex, the utility bills that I pay are only for electricity. Water, gas, and heat are paid for by the landlord. Now, knowing that, here are two quick stories.
At the beginning of last semester, and my lease term, I was informed by my landlord that the rent had gone up since the previous term. After asking why, the response was that electric bills had gone up. Naturally, since the landlord isn't paying the bill, what does he care about its conservation, and instead he decides to raise rent to compensate...wonderful.
Just a few months ago, all the apartments received the wonderful new luxury of having new toilets put in. These toilets, manufactured by Niagara Flapperless, Inc., are a low-flow water conserving toilet. They offer a lower gallons per flush, and have some other conservation features like prevention of leaking and tampering of water per flush. This is nice and all, but it really makes me wonder if the water bill has gone up recently. Obviously, when it hits him in the pocket, THEN it's time for some energy conservation!