Is your utility bill too high? Now you can actually check how your rates compare using a tool on WhiteFence.com, a site similar to BillShrink.com in that it helps you find low-cost providers for household services like cable TV and cell phone service. WhiteFence paid for a sponsored post on BargainBabe.com two months ago, but it wasn’t until now that I realized the site has valuable pricing information that consumers can use to get a good deal.
Such as a comparison of average utility bills in 21 major cities. The most expensive cities and the corresponding average monthly electric bills are Baltimore ($132), Houston ($120), Orlando ($115), Minneapolis ($114), and Portland ($108). The least expensive cities are San Diego ($30), San Francisco ($36), Los Angeles ($36), Denver ($43), and Atlanta ($48). I live in Los Angeles and I can’t imagine paying $132 every month to turn the lights on!
You can also compare average monthly rates by state for cable TV, phone, natural gas, and high speed Internet by clicking on the “More Info for Services” tab. If you want to lower your electricity bill beyond getting a better rate, consider unplugging appliances. Not convinced your appliances cost much to run? Plug in numbers on your fridge and you may change your mind.
Data for the rankings comes from the hundreds of thousands of orders placed on WhiteFence’s websites for household services. WhiteFence used relationships with service providers to get utility prices. Read more about the survey’s methodology.