How Much Does the Average Gas Bill Cost? –

What is the cost of the average gas bill?

The average gas bill in the United States is $59.33 a month or $721 a year, according to the American Gas Association.

There are a couple major factors that impact how much you’ll spend on natural gas each month, including:

    • Where you live. The average gas bill cost varies pretty widely by state. As you might expect, residents of states with colder climates tend to pay more for gas than those in milder climates. There are also state- and region-wide gas rates that effect what the total comes out to (we’ll break those down in another section).
    • Your total gas usage. The bigger your home and the more people who live in it, the higher your gas bill is likely to be. That’s because you’ll be doing more of the things that natural gas is used for, such as cooking, heating, and running your hot water.

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How Much Is The Average Natural Gas Cost In The United States?

Wondering how much you’ll spend on natural gas costs when you move into a new home? Figuring this out can be tricky. That’s because there are so many variables that can impact your natural gas bill.

For example, your gas bill will be higher if your home’s furnace, water heater, oven, stove and dryer are powered by gas. If your home’s appliances are instead powered mostly by electricity, your monthly gas bill will drop.

It also matters where you live. Your area’s climate plays a major role in the size of your monthly gas bills. Heating a home accounts for the greatest consumption of natural gas. If you live in a cold climate where the winter months see frigid temperatures, you’ll probably spend more on natural gas than someone in a milder climate.

Then there’s the size of your home. As you can guess, it takes far more gas to heat a larger home. Consequently, you’ll pay more each month in natural gas if you own a big home.

You can impact how much gas your home consumes each month by boosting the energy efficiency of your home. Adding more insulation to your home’s walls, for instance, will keep the hot air in your residence for a longer amount of time. Multi-pane windows will do the same. Investing in furnaces and water heaters that are more efficient will also help reduce your monthly gas bills.

So, how much can you expect to pay each month in natural gas to heat your home and power your gas-fueled appliances? The American Gas Association most recently said that households in the United States spent an average of $661 a year in natural gas to heat and fuel their homes. That comes out to a bit more than $55 a month.

Water The Utility You Cant Afford to Avoid

Average Water Bill: $17.04 – $68.14 per month

Unless you’re living in a house with a well or an apartment complex that factors water usage into your rent, you’ll probably be paying a monthly water bill.

It’s no secret that city water is usually expensive and the price of water is rising, but it’s not like you can really avoid things like washing dishes and bathing. (Well, you could stop bathing but we really don’t recommend it).

The average daily water usage of one person person is between 80 and 100 gallons.

On average, a family of four using around 100 gallons per person per day would expect to spend $68.14 per month on their water bill. However, if you’re living alone and using the same amount of water, your bill will come closer to $17.04/month.

If that amount seems a bit high, that’s because it is. The price of water is rising in many larger US cities and it doesn’t look like it’ll be slowing down anytime soon.

The Bottom Line

There are many ways you can reduce your utility costs even if you don’t want to move to a different state. Consider all the ways you can reduce your future utility bills. Not only will you save money, but you’ll also help save the environment.

Internet A 21st Century Necessity

Average Internet Bill: $56.60/month

Behold the internet!

What was once a luxury has now become a necessity.

Unfortunately, there’s a good chance you won’t have many options when it comes to internet providers in your area.

Not to mention, average internet service in the US is slower and more expensive than many other countries.

You can search for internet deals on NationalBroadBand.com based on your zipcode to try and find the best deal.

As of late-2017, the average cost of internet in the United States was $56.60/month, but you should expect that to differ pretty dramatically depending on how many providers are in your area.

What Is a Normal Gas Bill?

To get a general idea of what you can expect to spend, it helps to look at state averages for monthly residential natural gas costs. A 2017 study by Wallethub used data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration to rank the states by utility costs, and the results range from a mere $3 average per month in Florida to $60 average per month in Michigan.

That makes sense, since Florida is a very warm state and Michigan has very cold winters. But these totals don’t tell the whole story: Hawaii, for example, was second-cheapest with average monthly gas costs of $4. But Hawaii ranks first in terms of the price of natural gas, since its supply must either be brought in on tankers or created synthetically. The high cost of gas means gas-powered appliances are unpopular in Hawaii, and the mild climate means little gas is spent on space heating, which is why the typical gas bill is still so small.

How much are utilities for an apartment or home in your area? If you want the most accurate estimate, the best source is the person who was paying the gas bill before you came along. When looking at rentals, ask the property manager about the typical energy costs, and if they don’t know, see if they can find out from the previous tenant. If you’re buying a home, direct those questions to the seller or real estate agent. Still, your bills might vary if your energy consumption habits differ from the previous tenant or owner.

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