Utility Bills 101: Utilities Tips, Average Costs, Fees, and More
Curious to find out which US states pay the most for utilities? We researched energy bills, natural gas costs, water bills, and more to find out each state's average utility bill.
from Move.org, March 29, 2023
If you just moved or are planning a move, it’s important to plan your monthly budget around utility bills. In the US, residents should plan to spend at least $290.79 per month on essential utilities like electricity, natural gas, water, and sewer. Depending on where you live and your container size, you should also budget $25–$100 for trash and garbage collection. Additional utilities include internet ($59.99), phone ($114), and streaming services ($48.25).
Of course, climate and energy costs vary from one state to another, so utility bills do too. We looked into the average utility costs in individual states to see just how much they vary. Keep reading to learn more about monthly utility costs and get money-saving tips.
US total: $538.03–$613.03
States with the most expensive utilities
1. Hawaii: $611.87
While Hawaii is known for its incredible beaches and laid-back lifestyles, it costs the average islander a pretty penny to live there and afford utilities, food, and housing. Hawaii has the highest electricity price, nearly triple the US average rate, and the state relies on imported petroleum for 60% of its electricity generation.
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