[where? answered as if you were in in buffalo ny]
first: notify your landlord and all your fellow tenants in the
building, somebody's getting an upcoming high water bill.
second: ask the gas company to come out and check to see your meter is
allowed to only supply your gas devices, not those of others. with four
units under one roof, separate pipes and meters are required, and if a
common shared gas burning device is used, the owner must pay for that
on a fifth meter.
third: ask about balanced billing with your energy
suppliers to spread out the cost evenly every month of the year. your
neighbors may already have this, so their balanced billing would be
lower than your actual usage billing.
fourth: buy a water alarm for $10 and a battery at your hardware store
or home depot.
fifth: have your plumbing checked for leaks and running toilets, even a
drizzle of water shows up on a modern water meter.
fifth: check your electric meter for electric heater usage, it's not
free. if you phone your electric company and have them advise you
regarding those meters. in a shared lighted stairwell or basement
common areas the landlord is required
in ny multiple dwelling to provide the utility lights.
do you count 5 electric meters?