Average Utility Costs Per Month: What’s Normal?

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Although the average utility costs per month for an apartment can differ depending on factors such as the cost of living in your area and whether or not some utilities are included in rent, there are a few guidelines you can use to figure out if what you’re paying is normal. If you think you’re paying too much, you may need to adjust your usage or make your apartment more energy efficient.

Electricity and Gas

When considering average utility costs per month, electricity and gas are likely to make up the largest amount of your bills. You have to consider the size of your apartment and the general climate. An average electric bill may be as low as $30 per month or as high as $100. Gas may cost, on average, anywhere from $40 to $150 and can fluctuate depending on the season. Some apartments don’t have gas bills at all, as heat and hot water is provided through electricity. If this is the case, you should expect your average electrical bill to be a bit higher.

Water and Sewer

Although sometimes taken care of in rent, the average utility costs per month typically includes a water and sewer bill if your apartment complex is serviced by city water and sewer. The average bill for each falls between $10 and $30 a month, although you may be billed at a flat rate for both that can cost between $20 and $60.


Although many apartments have an apartment complex trash can in which you can deposit your garbage, you’re still likely to be billed for pickup. If your complex follows average utility costs, you could expect to pay between $10 and $40 a month for trash pickup. It’s also possible that since trash pickup doesn’t depend on the amount you throw out, your trash bill can be bundled with other bills, like sewer and water.


Other utilities are often optional but may contribute to your monthly cost. Consider cable, Internet, rental insurance, phone and an alarm service, to name a few. These can add between $50 and $200 a month, depending on how many you get.

21 Responses to “Average Utility Costs Per Month: What’s Normal?”

  1. March 24, 2012 at 8:52 pm, Emma said:

    This is EXTREMELY helpful:) Thank you SO so much!!!


  2. March 29, 2012 at 1:15 pm, john said:

    it sucks


  3. April 11, 2012 at 1:16 pm, Eddie said:

    Massachusetts is $175/month on average for utilities


  4. August 23, 2012 at 9:22 am, keri said:

    I agree with Emma, very helpful. Thank you!!!


  5. January 16, 2013 at 9:42 am, jimmy brown said:

    wow this is great! thank you!


  6. May 01, 2013 at 10:51 am, bubba said:

    this was so helpful like you dont know how helpful this is


  7. May 01, 2013 at 10:52 am, love said:

    helpful helpful helpful helpful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  8. October 02, 2013 at 4:41 pm, Anonymous said:

    why can we not fix stupid with duct tape?


  9. October 22, 2013 at 12:28 pm, Anonymous said:



  10. December 10, 2013 at 2:01 pm, Trayvon said:

    Thank you so much. This is very helpful, and well needed information.


  11. February 06, 2014 at 2:44 pm, colby said:

    this has been helpful kind of not as much as I need but thank you


  12. February 10, 2014 at 9:39 pm, Anonymous said:

    Thank you this was exactly what I needed for my project!!!!!


  13. February 24, 2014 at 12:32 am, David said:

    this is useful thank you


  14. February 27, 2014 at 9:54 am, Your Mom said:

    David, use your grammer!


  15. March 05, 2014 at 11:19 am, Anonymous said:

    ……………………..thanks πŸ˜‰


  16. March 11, 2014 at 5:07 pm, Lucid said:

    Thank you so much! I’m going to be paying water for the first time ever in a new apartment and need to budget.


  17. April 08, 2014 at 10:38 am, [Insert name here] said:

    Thank you this is very helpful for people like me who are renting a home for the first time.


  18. April 17, 2014 at 9:07 am, YAY said:



  19. May 14, 2014 at 10:06 am, Anonymous said:



  20. May 21, 2014 at 9:50 pm, annoyed said:

    this wasn’t as helpful as i was hoping. my water, sewer, and trash changes every month but not as large of a difference you have here. I needed more detailed descriptions.


  21. June 01, 2014 at 8:02 pm, Boo!! said:

    Thanks! not exactly what i needed, but helpful! πŸ˜€


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