WV average residential utility bills fell 5.3 percent in 2012 - WOWK 13 Charleston, Huntington WV News, Weather, Sports

WV average residential utility bills fell 5.3 percent in 2012

Posted: Updated:
  • BusinessBusinessMore>>

  • Autism training to expand from Huntington to Athens, WV

    Autism training to expand from Huntington to Athens, WV

    Wednesday, November 16 2016 9:45 AM EST2016-11-16 14:45:47 GMT

    The West Virginia Autism Training Center is expanding its reach in the state. WV ATC, located at Marshall University in Huntington, has partnered with Concord University to develop on-campus support in Athens for students who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.

    The West Virginia Autism Training Center is expanding its reach in the state. WV ATC, located at Marshall University in Huntington, has partnered with Concord University to develop on-campus support in Athens for students who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.

  • AT&T offering computer science grants

    AT&T offering computer science grants

    Monday, November 14 2016 5:08 PM EST2016-11-14 22:08:54 GMT

    Executives with ATTInternetService are offering computer sciences grants to university professors and secondary school teachers to upgrade technology in their classrooms.

    Executives with ATTInternetService are offering computer sciences grants to university professors and secondary school teachers to upgrade technology in their classrooms.

  • WV child advocacy, domestic violence groups get help from Verizon

    WV child advocacy, domestic violence groups get help from Verizon

    Thursday, October 27 2016 5:01 PM EDT2016-10-27 21:01:17 GMT

    The West Virginia Child Advocacy Network and West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence are getting help from Verizon's HopeLine program to help those affected by domestic violence and child abuse.

    The West Virginia Child Advocacy Network and West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence are getting help from Verizon's HopeLine program to help those affected by domestic violence and child abuse.

Average residential utility bills in West Virginia decreased 5.3 percent in 2012.

Declining natural gas utility rates were the primary driver of the decrease in total household utility bills, according to a Jan. 9 report from the Public Service Commission of West Virginia's Consumer Advocate Division.

"Last January, an average utility ratepayer in West Virginia paid $292.81 a month for electricity, gas, water and telephone service," said CAD Director Byron Harris. "Currently, that same customer is paying $277.22, a 5.3 percent decrease."

Electricity and water utility rates have increased by 38.4 percent and 35.5 percent respectively since 2008, the study shows, but, statewide, those increases have been offset by a 29.7 percent decrease in bills for homes that heat with natural gas.

Utility costs used in the study are based on monthly residential usage of 13 thousand cubic feet of gas, 1,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity, 4,500 gallons of water and a single telephone line with flat-rate service and other applicable charges.  Those averages are values of convenience and may not in all cases be true averages; average electricity use in West Virginia, for example, is closer to 1,200 kilowatt-hours/month.

The study addresses current rates for 17 cities in West Virginia.  Residents of Logan enjoy the lowest rates, according to the study, while Bluefield customers have the highest bills.

In addition, average total household bills for some of the largest cities in the state were compared with bills in surrounding states. The current statewide monthly average of $277.22 for all West Virginia cities studied compares with the average of $293.89 for five cities in surrounding states.

City by city, utility bills for residential customers in West Virginia's seven largest cities range from $264.21 in Martinsburg to $288.17 in Fairmont. By comparison, bills for customers in some surrounding states' cities for the same use would come to $234.32 in Lexington, Ky.; $272.40/month in Columbus, Ohio; $296.15/month in Richmond, Va.; $315.72/month in Baltimore, Md. and $350.85 in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Powered by Frankly