I have a friend who bragged that after he installs solar panels his utility cost will be zero. (he forgot about phone/internet) Assume for a moment that is true for electricity (including his well pump and geothermal heat pump). I mentioned that since he is not on city sewer he has to pay for periodic septic tank cleanouts but he said that he didn’t consider that a utility cost.
While it is not a utility in the Public Utility sense, it is a cost to him for a service (sewage disposal) that is often provided by utilities.
I see arguments either way.
What say the SDMB?
(also ignore trash)