WhiteFence.com’s Index Trends: November 2013

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WhiteFence.com (http://www.whitefence.com), the nation's leading site to compare, connect, and save on home services, today released analysis of consumer sales data through November 2013 that explores trends in utility bills paid by the average family in major U.S. cities.

Home Utilities Index

1. Highest bill: Portland, OR at $115.77
2. Lowest bill: Los Angeles, CA at $30.05
3. Largest Month over Month (MOM) increase: Seattle, WA from $83.32 to $106.48
4. Largest MOM decrease: Phoenix, AZ from $116.37 to $69.84

The city with the highest bill for November was Portland, OR at $115.77. The electricity rates did not change, but usage increased significantly since October. In fact, Portland has the highest usage of all the cities in the index for November. The greatest increase in monthly bill was Seattle, WA from $83.32 in October to $106.48 in November. This increase was also due to a high usage rate like Portland, their nearby neighbor to the south.

Los Angeles, CA had the lowest bill at $30.05 in November. This is typical for Los Angeles as winter temperatures remain mild for that region. Phoenix, AZ saw the greatest decrease, which was a decrease of $46.53 compared to its October average bill. This is primarily due to temperatures decreasing as the cooler winter temperatures enter that region.

1. Highest bill: Indianapolis, IN at $117.27
2. Lowest bill: Dallas, TX at $22.33
3. Largest MOM increase: Indianapolis, IN from $57.72 to $117.27
4. Smallest MOM increase: Dallas, TX from $17.92 to $22.33

Indianapolis, IN took over the top spot with the highest natural gas bill at $117.27 in November. New York, NY was a close runner up at $114.40. The cold arctic air began blowing through these areas throughout the month of November. This trend will certainly continue the next few months.

Dallas, TX had the lowest natural gas bill at $22.33 for the month of November. The usage and natural gas rates remained fairly steady for that region. As the winter season continues, we should see most of the northern region’s natural gas rates increase. As a result, this should help the southern states reclaim the lowest natural gas bill in the country.

The city that saw the largest month over month increase was Indianapolis, IN, from $57.72 to $117.27. This major increase was due to colder temperatures sweeping that region and the increase in usage for November.

Dallas, TX had the smallest month over month increase from $17.92 in October to $22.33 in November. This is not significant since the increase was minimal. As the winter season continues, snowstorms will constantly pass through the northern regions, ultimately increasing the need for natural gas.

WhiteFence.com is a free service that helps homeowners and renters compare, connect and save money on phone, internet, television, electricity, natural gas, and other home services. By simply entering a street address onto the secure site, people looking to save money or start new service can find the most comprehensive list of plans available for their specific address from over 300 nationally recognized partners. As a trusted home service shopping source for 20 million people annually, WhiteFence.com makes it easy to establish service directly on the site in a few simple steps. WhiteFence.com is headquartered in Houston, Texas. For more information, please visit WhiteFence.com or view the index data at WhiteFenceIndex.com.

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