Houston, TX (PRWEB) January 13, 2014
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.
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