WhiteFence Index Trends: January 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 January 2013 that explores trends in utility bills paid by the average family in major U.S. cities.

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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 January 2013 that explores trends in utility bills paid by the average family in major U.S. cities.

ELECTRICITY

Extremes:
1. Highest bill: Houston, TX at $171.73
2. Lowest bill: Los Angeles, CA at $56.94
3. Largest Month over Month (MOM) increase: Dallas, TX from $92.33 to $165.22
4. Largest MOM decrease: San Diego, CA from $72.72 to $68.47

The city with the highest bill for January was Houston, TX at $171.73. The greatest increase in monthly bill was seen for another Texas city, Dallas, TX, from $92.33 in December to $165.22 in January. Though there were other cities where usage increased more between the two months, the combination of the increase in usage and relatively higher rates contributed to Dallas having the largest bill increase for January 2013.

Los Angeles, CA continued its streak into 2013, having the lowest bill at $56.94 and only up slightly from December. Another California city, San Diego, had the largest decrease from $72.72 to $68.47, which was not a particularly large decrease. Most of the cities in the index see bill increases from December to January, as January is on average the coldest month in the year for much of the Northern Hemisphere and usage increases in most states. However, usage decreased slightly in California from December to January.

NATURAL GAS

Extremes:
1. Highest bill: New York, NY at $207.52
2. Lowest bill: Dallas, TX at $17.79
3. Largest MOM increase: New York, NY, from $184.46 to $207.52
4. Larges MOM decrease: Portland, OR, from $141.24 to $102.99

December and January are the most expensive months of the year for most natural gas users, though which one in particular will be higher is dependent upon the city. The highest overall bill for January was New York, NY at $207.52. New York also had the greatest increase from December to January, going from $184.46 to $207.52.

Dallas, TX once again had the lowest bill out of the cities in the index, at $17.79. Portland, OR saw the greatest decrease between December and January, from $141.24 to $102.99. This is one of the few cities in the index that sees a large decrease in usage between December and January.

ABOUT WHITEFENCE

WhiteFence 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 makes it easy to establish service directly on the site in a few simple steps. WhiteFence is an Internet Capital Group partner company. WhiteFence is headquartered in Houston, Texas. For more information, please visit WhiteFence.com or view the index data at WhiteFenceIndex.com.

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