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Study: Nevada residents pay more than $370 a month on utility bills

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Posted at 10:30 PM, Feb 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-07 01:33:16-05

NEVADA (KTNV) — Unless you live off the grid in a lakeside cabin, you need to plan your monthly budget around utility bills for electricity, gas, water, internet, and cable.

In the US, people who rent apartments should plan to spend $100–$150 per month for utilities, according to a recent study on move.org, with homeowners budgeting closer to $400 a month.

The company said it looked into the average utility costs in individual states and Nevada residents have the 12th least expensive utilities in the US - averaging $371.99 per month.

Hawaii tops the list with the highest average utility cost at $587.79 per month, compared to New Mexico, which has the lowest average cost at $344.55.

The study said overall, the average monthly cost of utilities in the US is $398.24.

On average, residents pay $110.76 for electricity, $72.10 for natural gas, $70.39 for water, $85 for cable TV, $60 for internet, and $14 for trash and recycling.

However, the report also shared how to save money on your utility bills with a handful of following tips:

  • Replace your old thermostat with a smart thermostat.
  • Swap out your lightbulbs with energy-efficient replacements.
  • Replace your curtains with insulated curtains.
  • Unplug all your electronics when you’re not using them.
  • Get solar panels for your house.
  • Replace your water heater if it’s more than 10 years old.
  • Replace your furnace’s air filter once every three months.
  • Use less water for tasks like showering and brushing your teeth.

The full study is available here along with more ways of how to cut down on those utility costs.