WhiteFence.com’s Index Trends: December 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 December 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 $154.07
2. Lowest bill: Los Angeles, CA at $55.36
3. Largest Month over Month (MOM) increase: Seattle, WA from $115.77 to $154.07
4. Smallest MOM increase: Dallas, TX from $106.01 to $112.31

The city with the highest bill for December was Portland, OR at $154.07. Electricity rates in the city decreased slightly, but usage increased significantly compared to November. In fact, Portland has the highest usage of all the cities in the index for December. The greatest increase in monthly bill was Seattle, WA from $115.77 in November to $154.07 in December. 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 $55.36 in December. This is typical for Los Angeles, as winter temperatures remain mild for that region. Dallas, TX saw the smallest increase, which was an increase of $6.30 compared to its November average bill. This was not nearly as significant, as the electric rates remained steady month over month.

1. Highest bill: Indianapolis, IN at $188.83
2. Lowest bill: Dallas, TX at $24.89
3. Largest MOM increase: Portland, OR from $66.14 to $143.58
4. Smallest MOM increase: Dallas, TX from $22.33 to $24.89

Indianapolis, IN remained at the top spot with the highest natural gas bill at $188.83 in December. New York, NY was a close runner up at $179.20. The polar vortex swept through this region starting at the end of December, increasing usage. This trend will certainly continue the next few months.

Dallas, TX, once again had the lowest natural gas bill at $24.89 for the month of December. 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 will assist the southern states to maintain the lowest natural gas bills in the country. Dallas, TX also had the smallest month over month increase, up $2.56 from $22.33 in November.

The city that saw the largest month over month increase was Portland, OR, from $66.14 to $143.58. This major increase was due to colder temperatures sweeping through that region, leading to increased usage for December.

As the winter season continues, uncommon cold fronts such as the polar vortex will pass through the northern region of the country, 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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