SoftwarePearls writes: Ever since our water company hit us with a shock water bill that was about five times the average, and completely inexplicable (by all adults in the household, hint) I've wanted to install a wireless monitoring system that would monitor our last century analogue water, gas and electricity meters so that I could run some software on my PC that would swiftly alert me when there's any sign of abnormal consumption. The monitoring would have to sample at least a few times per day, ideally every 5-10 minutes. Our utility meters are in a dark, humid, spiderweb-infested basement. Has any Slashdotter come up with a cheap, reliable mechanism? Do I need to become an Arduino wizard to achieve my simple goal?