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# Tenants who do not have to pay their own electricity bills do not have

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Tenants who do not have to pay their own electricity bills do not have a financial incentive to conserve electricity. Thus, if more landlords install individual electricity meters on tenant dwellings so that tenants can be billed for their own use, energy will be conserved as a result.

Which one of the following, if true, most weakens the argument?

(A) Tenants who do not have to pay their own electricity bills generally must compensate by paying more in rent

(B) Many initiatives have been implemented to educate people about how much money they can save through energy conservation

(C) Landlords who pay for their tenants' electricity have a strong inventive to make sure that the appliances they provide for their tenants are energy efficient

(D) Some tenant dwellings can only support individual electricity meters if the dwellings are rewired, which would be prohibitively expensive

(E) Some people conserve energy for reasons that are not related to cost savings

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nightblade354 I did choose the correct ans with the help of POE. But there is still some confusion in A. Is A strengthening the conclusion? plus can you elaborate the all the answer choices? Thank you in advance.
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Tenants who do not have to pay their own electricity bills do not have a financial incentive to conserve electricity. Thus, if more landlords install individual electricity meters on tenant dwellings is that tenants can be billed for their own use, energy will be conserved as a result.

P: Tenants who do not have to pay their own electricity bills do not have a financial incentive to conserve electricity
C: if more landlords install individual electricity meters on tenant dwellings is that tenants can be billed for their own use, energy will be conserved as a result.

Really basic argument: In order to save energy, we're going to make tenants pay and see their energy usage. Hmm. Lot of space here for assumptions, but let's go through the answers and see what hits home.

Which one of the following, if true, most weakens the argument?

(A) Tenants who do not have to pay their own electricity bills generally must compensate by paying more in rent -- OK, but who cares? All this says is that landlords charge more if their tenants don't pay electricity bills. BUT, we have no idea if this is proportional. In the end, this doesn't tell us anything about cost and how the meters wouldn't help us. Out.

(B) Many initiatives have been implemented to educate people about how much money they can save through energy conservation -- OK, who cares? Who is educated? Are they our tenants? Maybe it is the landlords. Maybe it no one we know in this instance. Maybe it is home owners. Out.

(C) Landlords who pay for their tenants' electricity have a strong inventive to make sure that the appliances they provide for their tenants are energy efficient -- Hmm. So the landlords are the ones making the push to save energy already. So if they install a new system, would that necessarily improve anything? Probably not. I admit this is a bold assumption to be made, but this is the best of the worst. I hate to say this, but the LSAT dropped the ball on this question. We are forced to assume just because savings initiatives are already in place that further ones don't. So this is SO WEAK in terms of weakening, but it does, technically, weaken.

(D) Some tenant dwellings can only support individual electricity meters if the dwellings are rewired, which would be prohibitively expensive -- Our issue is not about cost, but about energy savings. This doesn't help our argument. Out.

(E) Some people conserve energy for reasons that are not related to cost savings -- OK, and? Who are these people. And does this weaken the argument? If they save, maybe they save more with a meter. Too many assumptions to be made. Out.
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10 Aug 2019, 13:16
Tenants who do not have to pay their own electricity bills do not have a financial incentive to conserve electricity. Thus, if more landlords install individual electricity meters on tenant dwellings is that tenants can be billed for their own use, energy will be conserved as a result.

Tenant doesn’t pay electricity so tenant doesn’t worry about using the energy efficient bulbs or anything else to reduce costs. So, if more landlords are installing meters, they won’t to charge tenants of the electricity, eventually tenants will worry about conserving energy and reducing costs because they will have to bear.

Reason of installation is for tenants to pay for their usage of electricity and eventually energy will be conserved. Question asks to weaken this.

(A) Tenants who do not have to pay their own electricity bills generally must compensate by paying more in rent
Tenants pay rent = rent+ fixed electricity bill. So lets say rent is 100\$more. However,it doesn’t talk about why are landlords installing the meter. So it is not doing anything to the conclusion.
Even after landlords install the meter, its not that rent will be reduced. Overall cost to the tenant may acutually be higher, which can in turn , make tenant think about saving energy and reducing costs.

(B) Many initiatives have been implemented to educate people about how much money they can save through energy conservation
This suggests many people are aware of the cost saving methods. It supports the conclusion, suggesting that plan will actually work

(C) Landlords who pay for their tenants' electricity have a strong inventive to make sure that the appliances they provide for their tenants are energy efficient
As a home owner, anyone would think to be efficient in saving costs. This option suggests landlords are installing meters because they want to ensure applicances they have provided to tenants are energy efficient .how will they know that? By measuring how much is consumed. This gives different reason for installation. Keep the answer.

(D) Some tenant dwellings can only support individual electricity meters if the dwellings are rewired, which would be prohibitively expensive
Some buildings can only support electricity meters, if a building supports only electricity meters, then Those should have been there since the construction of building. So is it Suggesting landlords are just replacing existing meters to new. However this is the case with some buildings not all. The reasoning is not weakened all the time.

(E) Some people conserve energy for reasons that are not related to cost savings
This mentions that there are various reasons other than cost to save energy. It doesn’t talk about the reason for installing the meters

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22 Aug 2019, 11:16
Can you please fix the typos on this question? Thank you
Re: Tenants who do not have to pay their own electricity bills do not have   [#permalink] 22 Aug 2019, 11:16