A lot of people are in disbelief when they see their gas and electricity bills. It’s understandable too because it’s not like you can turn on the TV or open up your laptop to find out what the weather is going to be like tomorrow – but that doesn’t stop us from predicting.
The weathermen say it will be sunny this weekend, so I’m guessing my energy bill won’t be too high. But then again, I’ve been wrong before…
How Much is the Average Electricity Bill in America alone?
The average American household spends close to $100 on electricity every month. This is for the combined bills of gas and electricity, which most households will have.
What that means in terms of bill per unit (kWh) varies from state to state, below you’ll find a table that shows how much an average household would usually pay per kWh.
Monthly Electricity Consumption (kWh) Average Cost ($)
Here’s a quick breakdown of how your home energy bill is made up: Gas and electricity bills are calculated by multiplying the unit rate by the number of units you use. So if you pay per kWh and you used 1,500 kWh of electricity that month (which is the average), multiply 1,500 by your unit rate – let’s take for example a unit rate of 10 cents per kWh.
Your bill would come to $150.00 before taxes and other charges are added on. Now keep in mind that this information is only accurate if you live in America, so the figures may be different for other countries.
Tips for Saving Money on Your Electricity Bill
There are several energy-saving measures you can take at home to reduce the amount of money you spend on your monthly bill:
– Install insulation around windows and doors
– Leave appliances like dishwasher and washing machine when they are full
– Unplug appliances when they are not in use
– Use energy-saving light bulbs
– Turn the heating down when you’re out of the house
How Much is the Average Gas Bill?
The average American household spends around $200 a month on gas bills, which is more than double the amount they spend on electricity.
What does that mean in terms of bill per unit? We don’t have enough information to say for sure but the most suitable answer would be 9 cents per kWh. Which sounds about right.
– This figure varies from state to state
– Energy prices are on the rise and have been for some time now. Who knows what they’ll be like next year…
Tips for Saving Money on Your Gas Bill
– Reduce the thermostat setting on your furnace
– Use energy-saving shower heads
– Only heat your home enough to keep you warm. Don’t try to save money by leaving heating systems running all day – that will only make you colder and end up costing more in the long run!
– Install insulation around windows if you live in a cold climate
How Much is the Average Water Bill?
Water is something we don’t even think about until it gets cut off, and then suddenly it’s the most important thing in the world.
The average monthly water bill for a family of four is typically around $40 per month. This figure will vary depending on how many people are using water in your home, as well as how much you use and what your unit rate is.
Tips for Saving Money on Your Water Bill
– Install water-efficient appliances
– Try to use as little water as possible, especially when you have a shower – turn it off between soaping up!
– Collect rainwater to fill the pool or wash your car (just be sure to follow local laws regarding water usage)
– Don’t water your lawn if it doesn’t need it – you might be surprised how little your grass needs to stay green!
The Bottom Line
There’s no point in trying to play the market and bet on which way energy prices will go next year. All we can do is cut back where we can and hope that prices don’t continue to rise.
How Much is the Average Internet Bill?
The Internet is something that has become an integral part of modern life, and it’s hard to imagine a world without it.
Surprisingly, the average monthly cost for Internet service is just $38 per month. This is pretty cheap considering how much we use it every day.
But of course, some people pay much more than this, and people who pay less.
Tips for Saving Money on Your Internet Bill
– Check whether your Internet service provider is running any special offers right now
– Ask them if any deals can save you money long term (like bundling with other services)
– Unplug appliances like the TV when they’re not in use
– Consider whether you need very high-speed Internet (if you just use it for checking email and browsing the web then there’s no need to pay extra)
Other Utility Bills to Consider
Electricity and gas are the two biggest utility bills that most people have each month, but it’s worth considering a few of the other bills you might be facing at home.
– Mobile phone bills – this can be another big one if you run up a large bill in a month
– Pay TV – Watch all the channels you like but this can be another big bill in your household
– Home security – Are you paying a little too much for peace of mind?
– Internet backup – Most households now have the cloud to back up important files, but do you need it all set up and gob-smacking expensive every month? Save some money!
The bottom line is that you have to think about your utility bills and whether you can cut back where possible. As long as everyone in the house is on board then you should be able to find some great deals out there!
Average Utility Bills by City
City Average Electricity Bill (per month) Average Natural Gas Bill (per month) Chicago $152.57 $49.15 New York City $119.10 $71.79 Los Angeles $135.11 $70.26 Houston, TX $130.54 N/A Philadelphia, PA $138.27 N/A Phoenix, AZ $111.43 $46.36 San Antonio, TX $112.47 N/A Dallas, TX $131.22 N/A Detroit, MI $111.08 $60.13 San Diego, CA $122.01 $54.06 Indianapolis, IN $114.79 N/A San Jose, CA $140.19 N/A Austin, TX $117.21 N/A Columbus OH (Are we missing something here? Let us know
Can you afford the utilities?
The average family uses about 25% of its income to pay for utilities. For those on a limited income, this cost can be crippling.
Winter is approaching which brings with it higher utility bills and possible breakage of pipes due to the cold weather. Some measures that can help lower home energy bills include:
– Use insulation in walls, attics, and crawl spaces
– Install storm windows or caulk around your doors and windows
– Plant evergreens around your house – they act as a natural windbreak …and more!
Energy Saving Tips
– Switch light bulbs to CFLs (but be aware of mercury disposal issues)
– Turn off lights in rooms you don’t use often
– Use the microwave instead of the oven when possible
– Unplug appliances that are not being used – cell phone and laptop chargers are often constantly drawing electricity even when they’re not charging anything.
– Use a programmable thermostat to save money on heating costs
– Seal any air leaks in the house
– Hang dry clothes instead of using the dryer